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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature, My Wish List (British Wildlife) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-02 4:26
Viewed: 4517
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Talpa europaea - Mole
I made a success of this photograph by posting me near a gallery in the morning early. And my surprise was great to see emerging from the ground this small ball black!! It is the first time that I then to take in photograph a mole!!
Moles live underground and surface only occasionally. They have very poor sight and feed mainly on worms and insect larvae that they find by the sense of touch. Their cylindrical bodies and powerful front claws are ideal for digging.
Moles create their complex labyrinth of interconnected chambers by burrowing close to the surface, often leaving visible ridges. A trail of 'mole hills' betrays the route the burrowing mole has taken, and as seen here (above) it is rarely straight.
Mole hills are places where the mole has pushed up earth above the surface; new mole hills appear during periods when the soil is damp - generally spring and autumn, but as the picture above proves they are active even on the coldest of winter days. (This picture was taken on 2nd January after five days of sub-zero surface temperatures!).The earth from mole hills is greatly valued by gardeners as a potting material, because it is finely broken down and free of wireworms and insect larvae that might damage the roots of young plants.
ISO 400.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-02 4:32]

Hi Didier,

Well seen mole,as you already say its not common that they show themselves,in the place I live we as garden owners are happy that they not live here in the neigbourhood,

well seen and captured,

Bonjour Didier ! Comme vous le dites si bien, il est rare d'apercevoir ces animaux, je suyis contente quez vous ayez vu celle-ci et décidé de nous faire partager ce beau moment. Les détails, les couleurs, la composition, tout est excellent. J'aime beaucoup son oeil minuscule, je comprends maintenant pourquoi ces animaux sont presque aveugles. Du très bon travail !

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-02 4:56]

Didier nous réussit l'impossible encore une fois. Nous on ne voit que leur taupinière, mais notre champion il capture la bestiole ;-)
Bravo mon ami !!!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-02 5:13]

"There was a mole, who lived in a hole..."
That is all I can remember of a poem for children.
Didier, what a great catch, I bet you were happy to see him. And are those pine cones beside him? Very good find, I haven't seen a mole on TN before. Well done - BRAVO!

What a great shot Didier. Don't think I have ever seen one myself but I always thought that the mole was blind because it had no eyes. Its the small eye which really fascinates me here, such an unusual little creature. Very well done.

Hi, very lucky to shot a mole!! They are difficult to see, I think photographie was impossible.
Nice shot!!


Hello Dider
Exllent capture, its very hard to photograph a mole, excllent colors, Bg, POV, DOF Perfect , TFS Kyle

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-02 14:55]

What a great capture. This is a beautiful shot. You have really captured him. The feet are fascinating

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-02 17:53]

Hi Didier
Well seen and captured. Also good note.
Wel done Didier


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-03 2:32]

Hello Didier,
Wonderful shot.I'd never seen this shy guy before.Well caught and composed.

Hi Didier,
Cool shot of this mole, this is something you don't see often here on TN. Great detail and POV..Those eyes are so tiny..but with a nose like that, who needs eyes ;)
Excellent post and Thank You!

Bonjour Didier

Félicitations pour cette belle prise,C'est la premièrs fois que je vois une taupe sur le site.Merci de partager cette photo avec nous.
Au revoir et bon week end...JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-07 20:23]

Hello Didier,
something not seen to often here on TN, so this is very interesting. Lovely POV, great details and very nice colors. Very well composed and excellent info you added.

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  • jloup Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 30] (131)
  • [2006-07-24 8:54]

Bonjour Didier,

une très jolie vue. Quel joli coup d'avoir réussi à te poster au bon endroit, au bon moment. Malgré la surprise, tu as réussi une très jolie composition. Uen belle récompense pour ce réveil matinal car il devait faire bien frais dehors.


Nice pic. The small eye is very well captured.
Brilliant colors. Rare pic


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