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Palm squirrel

Palm squirrel
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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alpha SLT A65V, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-13 3:54
Viewed: 2127
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Indian palm squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) also known as three-striped palm squirrel, is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is found naturally in India (south of the Vindhyas) and Sri Lanka. In the late 19th century, the palm squirrel was introduced into Western Australia, where it has since become a minor pest that is actively targeted for eradication due to its lack of natural predators.[3] The closely related five-striped palm squirrel Funambulus pennantii is found in northern India, and its range partly overlaps with this species.
Squirrels are considered sacred in India and are not to be harmed. They are even fed by many Hindu families. This is mainly because of their association with Lord Rama.
An interesting legend explains the stripes on the back of most of the squirrels. During the construction of the Rama Setu (bridge) at Rameswaram by Lord Rama and the Vanara Sena, a little squirrel also contributed in its own little way. It rolled in the beach sand and then ran to the end of the bridge to shake off the sand from its back (chanting Lord Rama's name all along).
Lord Rama, pleased by the creature's dedication, caressed the squirrel's back and ever since, the Indian squirrel carried white stripes on its back, which are believed to be the mark of Lord Rama's fingers.[5] Lord Rama and the squirrel is mentioned in one of the hymns of the Alvars.

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Thank you for sharing this note and the image itself.
Loved the story [myth] re: Lord Rama and the stripes on its back.
The image is well focused.
Best and most kind regards,
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

Bonjour Pierre,
C'est une très belle publication bien que je trouve que le sujet manque très légèrement d'éclairage qui aurait permis d'apprécier davantage la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-13 9:35]

Hello Pierre,
Very nice photo of this Indian Palm Squirrel. Outstanding sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-13 11:37]

Hi Pierre,tu as transforme' ce difficile contre jour dans une lumiere magique,une image de gradnde classe et haut niveau.Tres bien fait! Belle soiree' et merci,Luciano

Hello Mr.Pierre,
Very good NOTE.Nice presented this Squirrel even in harsh BG light.Well detailed and natural coloured.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day tomorrow,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-03-13 18:36]

Hello Pierre,
Your Indian Palm Squirrel is certainly a cute little guy. I love the way it's fur seems to be standing on end. The stripes remind me of those of a chipmunk.
The backlighting was pretty harsh, but you still managed to capture outstanding detail while obtaining great exposure. Great job!!

Ciao Pierre, great capture of cute creature in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Pierre,
照的清晰 很漂亮的松鼠
顏色鮮豔華麗 這一個姿態很美麗 使畫面呈現漂亮
光線亮麗 構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Pierre,
Very nice photo of this Indian Palm Squirrel with sharp details.

Ciao Pierre. Details sharp and focus perfect! Very good DOF too with excellente mamagement of the light.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-03-18 10:53]

Bonsoir Pierre,
Adorable ce petit écureuil et quel joli nom latin:-). Très belle photo en contre-jour avec une très bonne gestion de la lumière.

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