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Safe in the arms of Love

Safe in the arms of Love
Photo Information
Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony PDX10
Exposure: f/3.4, 1/150 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-05 13:52
Viewed: 5292
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Even in nature the nurturing love of a mother makes one take note.
Just as the Martina McBride song suggests, I saw this little guy and was reminded of the song. I just could not resist this shot. The mother was quite peaceful about showing her baby off to the world but nevertheless, very wary of humans, so I count myself lucky to have got this close in the wild.

Total length Males up to 1.3m ( includes tail )
Females up to 1m ( includes tail )
Total mass Males 5,5 kg
Females 4 kg

Vervet monkeys are a protected species in South Africa.
They are diurnal and live in troops of up to about 20 which rest at night in foliage of high trees or sometimnes in the shelter of rocky krantzes. They are vegetarians but have carnivirous tendencies and will take birds, eggs and chicks as well as insects.
Food may be stored in the cheek pouches. They can become problem animals where grain crops and fruits are grown.
A single young, rarely twins are born at any time of the year.
Vocalisation takes the form of chattering or stuttering or they may squeal when distressed, the intensity of the call reflecting the degree of stimulation

Shooting details
Original Photo 1152 x 864
Cropped and resised for web
Camera - Sony DSr-PDX10P
No Flash
Tripod No ( Handheld )
F/Length 43mm
F Number F/3.4
Exposure Time 1/150sec

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-05 15:52]

Ek sien sy het eers sy gesig gewas en toe sy hare ook sommer gekam!
A very moving picture of this little vervet, Willie, poignant is the term that comes to mind. The eyes are great - spreek boekdele !
Maybe just a slight crop off the bottom part, to get rid of the hot spot on the elbow, but also because it will enhabce the overall impact.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-05 16:52]

This is wonderful shot. Very good title for the picture.I like composition, colors and the baby's face.Congratulations.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-01-05 17:07]

Awwww...sweet image of a tender moment. Very nice detail in this, Wille.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-05 17:08]

Willie, lovely and tender shot. I like the composition a lot. It doesn't depict everything and, at the same time, it reveals a lot.

Great job.


What a pair of compelling eyes you've captured here ;-)) High cuteness factor with the little one clinging to mummy for protection and even managing to get a feed while at the same time showing interest in the outside world ;-))

Sweet, tender, cute... All those adjectives apply here, and more. That's a great moment you captured Willie. TFS

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-05 22:28]

Lovely shot,really excellent moment you captured.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Willie

Nice tender moment shared between a mother and her babe. I like how the wee monkey has turned to look at you. Very nice capture. Well done. TFS

What a tender moment you've captured, Willie! The close up on these self speaking eyes is wonderful. A shot about life. Very well expressed.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-06 4:15]

Indeed, tender moment. Beautiful scene and touching eyes of this little monkey. Great job Willie!

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Well done Willie I like it.

Excellent image, Willie!! Beautifull!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-06 13:58]

ahh, beautiful, sweet,
I like the shot the pof and the dof are really great, good colours, fantastic shot, I like it, good work Willie

This is realy 8cute, Wilie, what a tender scene you got here. Is very intimate and beautiful with the moody atmosphere.
The dark zones look a bit noisy but normal for the cam used. Nothing to be worried about with such a composition. Thanks.

Yes Willie you caught a great moment here. It almost looks painful but touching. Good job.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-08 23:13]

This is a wonderful moment and any paren grows weak at seing a shot like this. The composition is excellent and the image is loaded with the "Sweet" factor.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-01-09 2:17]

good composition and photo..


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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-01-09 9:51]

Aaahhh shame, what a sweet little thing. I believe you have a winner here, they usually don't allow one near their offspring. Excellent shot!

WOW! Willie, what an nurturing moment you got here for us. The cuteness factor in the red. Well seen and taken. Very nice shot.

So tender, beautiful. I like this kind of shots. Thanks .


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-11 14:07]

Beautiful Mother/Child shot. Good composition, showing such trust in the little one's eyes. TFS Willie.

Beautiful. Amazing and clever photo, important note. Well done.

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