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398. National Geographic

398. National Geographic
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Monkeys, Animal Portraits II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-10 3:59
Viewed: 5090
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. – Jesse Jackson

Why National Geographic?
When I was six years old, my mother found me alone in a bathtub. Nothing unusual so far, right? ... Other than perhaps it was February and it was the peak of a merciless Romanian winter, and I frosted the entire house by opening all doors and windows, while here I was, only in a pair of cheap rubber fins and some oversized goggles puffing through a snorkel in the frigid water, shivering but smiling and having a great time. I was asked: What in the world are you doing to yourself, Radu? My blunt answer was: Mom, I am training myself, because one day I will be an explorer and I will go scuba-diving in Greenland.
With mom in shock and awe, I was the laughing stock of my entire middle class family, that for the most part met my dreams with sarcasm simply because I lived in communist Romania; funny enough, the only thing I felt it was pity for them as themselves cannot dream, believe nor understand me. I always had a strong morale but kept my heart and believed in myself when most gave up either on me or in my group. Nobody ever could break down my beliefs. My dream was to see the world and travel; years later, I am not yet thirty and I saw almost every continent on my own, at my leisure and my own pace, after I more or less forged my own destiny. My folks are still in a little place, far away, in a small town in Transylvania, constantly asking me for more pictures, more stories and sometimes money...Funny how Lady Luck favors bold dreamers, wouldn't you say?
Still, far from achieved, I will always look further for more wander and journey till the last breath in my body will cease, old and cold in a wheelchair, with white hair, if so be it, because that’s what I love doing...
One of my biggest dreams was that one day, National Geographic would publish me, as they bear much of the fault for being the spark in what ignited my dream to see the nature around the world. Together with people like Jaques-Yves Cousteau, Richard Attenborough, Livingstone and Captain Cook, and many others that is...

But back to the image: The Siamang or Symphalangus syndactylusis an arboreal, black furred gibbon native to the forests of Malaysia and Sumatra. The largest of the lesser apes, the siamang can be twice the size of other gibbons, reaching 1 m in height, and weighing up to 23 kg. The Siamang is the only species in the genus Symphalangus
The Siamang inhabits the forest remnants of Sumatra Island and the Malay Peninsula, and are widely distributed from lowland forest to montane forest. The Siamang's melodious choir singing breaks the forest's silence in the early morning after the Agile Gibbon or Lar Gibbon's calls. As a frugivorous animal, which eat a lot of fruit, the siamang have potency to disperse seeds. So they help regrowth of the forest...

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Great photo Radu. I'd never have guessed this was a Gibbon ... looks more like a Chimpanzee really.What funny little titties too :)
I love your write up.A really inspiring story.
It almost makes me feel ashamed that I let my childhood trauma and depression get on top of me so much. I guess I've still had a pretty amazing life though,although I've suffered heaps too. Still its not too late huh?
I'm only 47 and I can run faster and jump higher than when I was 20. I must be doing something right.
You are an inspiration to us all.

Hi Radu,
A great photo and a great story. Sounds like things I did in my youth! I brought home so many creatures my mom would stop me at the back door and make me empty my pockets before I was allowed in the house. She was really pissed when she would see all the snakes, lizards, turtles, and other creatures I would try to get into the house. Yea I read to many National Geographic's myself. That is a quality shot befitting the cover of NG.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-10 10:30]

Hi Radu,

A great picture,very sharp and detailed,the note is as well a pleasure to read,think a lot of us have the same dreams when growing up and a few will actually accomplish their dreams,

well done and TFS


With the kind of pictures you are taking these days, I will not be surprised to see your dream of getting published in the National Geographic come true one day, Radu. All the best!
Your note touches a chord in the heart of every imaginative human being. You are brave and you have realized your dream to a great extent.
The picture of this black gibbon you have posted today is so outstanding in form and content the NG would be the losers in not comissioning you instantly for an assignment.
Keep going, youngman.

What a great picture and note to go with. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-11 2:43]

Hi Radu,
I can totally see you in that bathtub, scuba diving away. : )
I applaud your passion and your adventuresome spirit,
and I wish you the very best. The world is yours to explore. : )
Great shot of that siamang. Very soulful expression.
I wonder what she was dreaming about.
TFS. : )

Hi Radu,
A great photo with an interesting note.Excellent POV and DOF though a bit soft.

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