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Good morning .....
One for Shadow SaturdayGrin

*******PLEASE NOTE:******* I have only uploaded ONE of my images today....V2 was captured by our Game ranger Gareth Long this week at the Game farm...just wanted to share the cuteness of the new baby elephant with all of you.

The hippopotamus amphibius has a skin type extremely vulnerable to dehydration. The epidermis (upper layer of skin) is up to 7X more sensitive to dehydration than that of other mammals and it is for this reason that they need to stay submerged during the hotter months of the year. An adult hippo can remain fully submerged for as long as 6 minutes while a young one can only do 40 seconds under water.
In times of severe drought where the water pools are severely reduced the female hippos have been known to drool saliva over their calves to protect them from dehydration.


Apologies if I only clicked on your image yesterday or missed it entirely.My Mom has been very ill for 3 days with chronic bronchitis, it even spoilt her birthday on Thursday. yesterday I had to rush her to hospital where they finally admitted her at 3pm. I have had to cancel my flight home today as well.



Enjoy your day....Grin

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Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Aug 2013 - 9:28 AM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Reflections
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:19 Oct 2013 - 5:32 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
19 Oct 2013 - 5:44 AM

Morning Colleen ! So sorry about the problems with your mom - trust she will be OK ! I love this hippo image - great reflection and shadow Smile It looks a bit darker than the Hippo I am used to in Natal Smile

S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:00 AM

Both are outstanding captures to me v2 looks slightly better.

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:02 AM

Bad news about your mother's illness. I do hope she recovers well.

That is one big reflection in V1, a lovely shot. V2 is cute as buttons!

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:06 AM

I hope you Mom is OK Colleen.

I wonder if the hippo is prone to sunburn...all that pink skin. It looks like he (or she) was looking right at you, even through a long telephoto.

Peter

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:08 AM

Yes Peter, the hippo was very wary of us...thankfully we had a great expanse of water between us

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:09 AM

I adore hippos, Colleen, what a super capture SmileSmileSmile Sorry to hear about your mum, I do hope she will soon be out of hospital. Carol

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:34 AM

wonderful shots hope mum is soon on the mend

Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
19 Oct 2013 - 6:39 AM

Thanx for alerting me about V2 Colleen Smile Cuteness personified !!!!

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:55 AM

Lovely hippo image. Hope your mum is better soon. GrinGrin Peter.

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 7:13 AM

Beautiful Hippo Colleen, definitely weary of you! Hope mum is soon better. GrinGrin

Kathryn

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4264 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
19 Oct 2013 - 7:28 AM

I love this one Colleen. Best wishes for the speedy recovery of your mother. I love the image of the hippo with the tiny bird to show the size. The baby elephant is really cute.

Harriet

Caziwinkles
19 Oct 2013 - 7:47 AM

Two fab images Colleen - the reflection is brilliant - and the baby elephant definitely has the 'aaaah' factor! Hope your Mum gets better soon and you can enjoy some quality time together. Smile

Carol

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 - 8:02 AM

Lovely set V2 for me Smile

Eileen

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 8:13 AM

Please note V2 is not captured by me. Our Ranger took the photo. I just wanted to share it with all of you because of its cuteness. So I have only uploaded ONE image today.

viscostatic
19 Oct 2013 - 8:19 AM

A beautiful image Colleen and interesting information too. Sorry to hear about your Mum; hope she improves soon.

Phil.

Ray12
Ray12 e2 Member 174 forum postsRay12 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 8:46 AM

Two fantastic images, looks like the Hippo has pink socks on. Say hello to your mum from all at ePz... even if we don't know her we still want her to get well Grin

widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 8:49 AM

Sorry about your mum.... hope she recovers SmileSmile Lovely image

Rod

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 8:52 AM

Lovely images Colleen, like the little bird catching a quick drink.

Dave.
Have uploaded a few more images of the mesh gardeners, thought they were worth showing.

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 9:04 AM

Your Mum is much more important than our pics Colleen - do hope that she gets well soon.
Two lovelt images today.Smile
Joan.

Suzicoo
Suzicoo e2 Member 2401 forum postsSuzicoo vcard United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 - 9:06 AM

You certainly see that the hippo was aware of you, hope your mum progresses well
Thanks for sharing the baby elephant

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 9:16 AM

Beautiful images Colleen!
George

Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 9:32 AM

Love the Hippo, but V2 is my very best favourite.
What a lovely little darling, he/she is so cute.
So pleased to be your 30th too…...WinkWinkWinkWink

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 10:04 AM

That's a very interesting intro re. the hippo's skin, and an excellent shot with the reflection.
V 2 is special and I bet you wish you had taken it yourself.
Hope Mum's problem resolves soon.......she 's in the best place at least.
Ronnie.

BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 525 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 10:06 AM

This is a cracking image, of sharpness and clarity.
Hope all is well with your mum. Parents are special and I wish her a speedy recovery.
Kindest Regards, always. Burnsie

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33139 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 10:16 AM

Two great images, .love the shot by Gareth....

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrinGrin

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 11:06 AM

A super image of your hippo, and V2 is gorgeous.

(Best wishes to your Mum and hope she is better really soon)

Ju

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 11:44 AM

good one's i was going to comment on the reflections but i rightly decided not to.


billy

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 12:17 PM

Sorry to hear about your mom - hope she'll be OK.
Before I read your narrative I noticed the unwrinkled skin.
Interesting facts.
V2 a lovely image by the Ranger - the baby is cute.
KateGrinGrinGrin

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 1:14 PM

Good shots Colleen.
And best wishes to your Mom !!
Mick.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 1:17 PM

A great captures Colleen, V2 awwww, hope you mum is betterSmile


Cliff

Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
19 Oct 2013 - 2:37 PM

Great set ,like both shots ,Colleen ........GrinGrinGrin

briantjjones
19 Oct 2013 - 3:21 PM

Colleen, Lovely image of the hippo and thanks for sharing the elephant shot as well. I do hope your Mum gets well Smile
Brian J.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 3:40 PM

Super capture of this hippo, Colleen, even though he looks to be giving you the evil eye! Wink
Hope your mum soon recovers, it's not at all pleasant isn't bronchitis, having gone through it myself Sad
Trev Smile

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 - 3:42 PM

Love your Hippo shot Colleen, hope all will be better for Mum soon.
Brian

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 4:12 PM

Who is heavier ?

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
19 Oct 2013 - 4:16 PM

Both are outstanding captures, v1 for the reflections, v2 for the detail and tight crop.
Hope all is well with your Mum

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 4:24 PM

Prabhas the average weight of an adult hippo is about 1500 kg.....an adult elephant 5500 kgs

capto
capto e2 Member 21089 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:14 PM

Two smashing images. Love the eye contact in v1. V2 is an image to be envious of.Smile

ivor

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
19 Oct 2013 - 6:40 PM

The bird next to the hippo is the bonus, Colleen. Excellent capture, and all the best to your mother.
Effrossini

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7121 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 6:51 PM

Hi Colleen, sorry to hear about your Mom, i hope she gets better soon. Two cracking pictures, the Hippo i never realized that they could dehydrate like that. And i love the Elephant shot very cute young one

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 7:33 PM

Typical Hippo, love the info too !! All the best to your mum Collette.
Ron

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 9:01 PM

Oh dear...all the very best to your poor mum, Colleen Sad

Beautiful capture of the hippo (and his shadow!) and the wee thirsty bird in V1. And what an ultracute baby elephant in V2.

Andrew

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 - 9:13 PM

Great captures Colleen.

Very best wishes to your mum, hope she is well very soon.

Jenny Smile

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 - 9:45 PM

Love the hippo Colleen and the baby elephant is gorgeous. Wishing your mum a real speedy recovery. So worrying for you but she is in the best place. Take care. Cathy

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2013 - 10:59 PM

Mirror, Mirror on the ground, stretch my figure so I am no longer round Grin Of course the baby elephant is grabbing the cute factor.



Tish

Last Modified By Tish1 at 19 Oct 2013 - 11:00 PM
Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
20 Oct 2013 - 12:23 AM

What an elegant fellow! Love the pink leg and the reflections... IB

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2013 - 11:52 PM

A beautiful Hippo image but v2 is fantastic (even though it isn't yoursTongue)
On a more serious note I hope your Mum is ok and my thoughts are with you and your familySmile
Ryan

Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
5 Nov 2013 - 12:07 AM

Great images, I just love it when you explain things!
M

IngridVekemans
10 Nov 2013 - 4:03 PM

Well captured with the reflection!
Grt, Ingrid.

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