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MONGOLIAN horse - Takhi

MONGOLIAN horse - Takhi
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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: 2005
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 4, Family Matters 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-19 6:07
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
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The Mongolian wild horse is known in the West as the Prezewalski horse after the Russian naturalist, Nikolai Przewalski, who first sighted several herds in 1879. In Mongolia it is called takhi. About the size of a pony, takhi are dark yellow-brown, solidly built, with a short back and deep girth. Their heavy, shaggy winter coat turns light and sleek in the summer and their mane is stiff and erect like a zebra.

The horse resembles animals in cave drawings and paintings by Stone Age people in Europe, suggesting that in prehistoric times the horse ranged over large parts of Europe as well as Asia. Last century, the habitat of Przewalski's horse was threatened by the encroachment of domestic cattle on its grazing lands and in the 1960s, they disappeared from the Gobi, a vast area in Southern Mongolia

At the beginning of the twentieth century, 53 of the horses were captured and brought to Europe. Zoos saved the animal from dying out by breeding them successfully. Today, there are about 1,500 horses in captivity. Some are being kept in large reserves under semi-wild conditions in Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands and Ukraine to prepare them for reintroduction.

www.UN.org species protection

Tech specs:

Camera : Nikon CP 8800
Lens : f89.0 mm(digital)incorporated
Resolution : 8 mpg.
File : TIF (original, then jpeg)
Speed : 1/130
Aperture : F7.2
EV : -0.0
ISO : 50
Mode : P
Metering : Matrix
Xtras : Nikon VR stabilizer on
Light : Natural, no flash
Support : Handheld, from moving vehicle

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Hi Radu!
Great photo of wonderful space! I love this warm colours! My dream is to visit Monglolia some day!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-19 6:32]

Hello Radu,

I really like this photo. The empty space is perfect, very well composed. The colors are very warm and the details are sharp. It's a lovely scene and you captured it perfectly. TFS!


I love these animals - like probably most people in my country. Horses are deep in our history and hearts.
Przewalski horses are ancestors of our rase of horses - Polish Little Horse. They lived in our country about 300 years ago, but later they were catched, became domesticated and so the new rase arrise.
I love this shot - two horses and the sea of sand. It's really special.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-19 6:56]

Hello Radu!
Very nice post.DOF,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Intersting to see these unusual (for us) horses. Glad to read that they are being protected. I wonder if these were the type that the Mongol raiders used? You have an excllent image with them placed in what appear to be their natural surroundings, rather than a zoo in the West.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-19 7:52]

Une belle photo, j'aime beaucoup l'espace vide et de couleurs terre laissé au cheveaux. Celà nous donne l'impression qu'ils sont un grand chemin à parcourir.

Félicitations !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-19 8:24]

Definitelly picture with soul, Radu. Not common photo of animal or plant but much more. Your picture starts one's dreams. Beutifully composed, with desert mood, excellent POV. One of your best!

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-05-19 11:53]

A wonderful shot.
The composition is perfect, equilibrated, and the desertic ground take the place it should.
We almost couls believe we are in these desolated landscape.
Technical stuff spot on too.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-19 13:53]

Great composition and fabulous warm colours. Sort of wonder where they are going but the nothingness gives a great effect.
Regards Toni

Excellent notes! What a great thing to have captured these horses which so many of us have never seen! I like that you included the terrain as it tells a story of their will to survive in rough conditions. Good natural colour, nicely composed. Well done! Thanks for posting!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-03-21 14:00]

Nice picture, I love those warm colors and the space you left around the horses, it shows how hard it must be for them to survive, in this hostile and dry desert.

Hi Radu, I find this a very interesting photo. The Calgary Zoo, in Alberta Canada has a few of these horses. I'm glad to hear that there is a breeding program. These horse are the closest direct decendents of the primitive horse. If you where to ever get close enought to see. If you could pick up their hoof, just above is a 2nd toe, on the back side of the foot. Further up the leg is what they call a chestnut and they believe that this was their 3rd toe. Primitive horses use to have 3 toes. Now just one hoof or toe.
TFS Janice

Great photo, excellent use of the space around the subjects so it becomes part and parcel of total image.

Most people think horses and they think "fast", that swift, wild gallop across the land. In point of fact, survival, for wild horses, is less about being fast enough to avoid predation and more about slow, steady movement from place to place to find good grazing and water. Your photo depicts that essence of survival skills perfectly.

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