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White Rhino

White Rhino
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-17 5:12
Viewed: 4114
Points: 16
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from Wikipedia
The White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) is one of the five species of rhinoceros that still exist and is one of the few megafaunal species left. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species. The White Rhino consists of two subspecies: the Southern White Rhino, with an estimated 17,480 wild-living animals at the end of 2007 (IUCN 2008), and the much rarer Northern White Rhino. The northern subspecies may have eight remaining worldwide — all in captivity.

A popular theory of the origins of the name "White Rhinoceros" is a mistranslation from Dutch to English. The English word "white" is said to have been derived by mistranslation of the Dutch word "wijd", which means "wide" in English. The word "wide" refers to the width of the rhinoceros' mouth. So early English-speaking settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the "wijd" for "white" and the rhino with the wide mouth ended up being called the White Rhino and the other one, with the narrow pointed mouth, was called the Black Rhinoceros. Ironically, Dutch (and Afrikaans) later used a calque of the English word, and now also call it a white rhino. This suggests the origin of the word was before codification by Dutch writers. A review of Dutch and Afrikaans literature about the rhinoceros has failed to produce any evidence that the word wijd was ever used to describe the rhino outside of oral use.

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Thanks Tom, for this strong portrait taken under direct sunlight, which provided a high degree of detail on skin texture. TFS indeed my friend.

Bonjour Tom,
Le cadrage me parait un peu trop serré sur la droite de l'image mais le sujet est tout de même bien valorisé malgré une lumière un peu trop forte.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

bravo, bravissimo !

complimenti !

ciao, tino

Hi Tom
what a great portraite of famous Rhino with very close pose and great sharp details. It must be exciting, with a distance of several meters. great POV, vertical composition and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing. all the best

Hello Tom,
A great capture of this huge White Rhinoceros. A lovely portrait with fine details and excellent composition. Well done!

hello Tom

excellent portrait shot of the White Rhinoceros,
fine POV, great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hallo Tom,
a superb close capture of the White Rhino taken from an excellent point of view with very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours.
best regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-06 14:06]

Hello Tom,
Superb detail in this fantastic closeup portrait. That horn looks like it could do some major damage to a landrover. Great image Tom.

Wow! You really got a fantastic close-up of this beautiful white rhino. The composition works out super nice with a nice balance of are around the head. Well done Tom. :)

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