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2010 ? Happy New Year !!!

2010 ? Happy  New Year !!!
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Copyright: Adrian Rusu (roges) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-29
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 14:02
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Dear colleagues from the TN, first of all I wish you all HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I want to start the new year today to thank you for taking the time to visit on my gallery. Thank you for the nice words and nice comments which I have written over 2009.

We hope you have fun and left with beautiful impressions.

Also want to thank especially the members 25 TN that I have given great honor and confidence to become favorites.

The mouflon (Ovis aries orientalis group) is a subspecies group of the wild sheep Ovis aries. Populations of Ovis aries can be partitioned into the mouflons (orientalis group) and urials or arkars (vignei group).

The mouflon is thought to be one of the two ancestors for all modern domestic sheep breeds. It is red-brown with a dark back-stripe, light colored saddle patch and underparts. The males are horned; some females are horned while others lack horns. Mouflon have a shoulder height of about 0.9 meters and a body weight of 50 kg (males) and 35 kg (females).

Today mouflon inhabit the Caucasus, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran. Originally the range stretched further to Anatolia, the Crimean peninsula and the Balkans, where they had already disappeared 3,000 years ago. Mouflon were introduced to the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Rhodes and Cyprus during the neolithic period, perhaps as feral domesticated animals, where they have naturalized in the mountainous interiors of these islands over the past few thousand years, giving rise to the subspecies known as European mouflon (O. aries musimon). They are now rare on the islands but classified as feral animals by the IUCN. They were later successfully introduced into continental Europe, including Spain, France, Germany, central Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, the Canary Islands, and even some northern European countries such as Finland. A small colony exists in the remote Kerguelen Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Since the 1980s, mouflon have also been successfully introduced into game ranches in North America for the purpose of hunting; however in game ranches pure breeds are rare as mouflon interbreed with domestic sheep and bighorn sheep.[citation needed] Mouflon have also been introduced into Hawaii as game animals, where they cause serious damage to native plant species and are more difficult to control than other alien ungulates.

I hope you enjoy and look forward to your views and criticisms.

The best thoughts and good health for me,

P.S. I wish to thank a large and warmly beautiful and fellow colleagues that I have correctly stated that animal ID.
A regrettable error I wrote the beginning that is an animal of the Chamois.

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Salud y felicidad también para tí Adrian y gracias por tus deseos. Tampoco me iria mal que los Reyes Magos de Oriente me trajesen un canon 100-400 con estabilizador jajaja! aunque creo que eso va a ser complicado.

Bonita e interesante tu toma. No se como te acercaste tanto, o quizás usases un teleobjetivo; sea como fuere, una imagen real , dinámica y que nos muestra el entorno del animal.

Un abrazo y a seguir disfrutando de la fotografía: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-01 14:58]

Hola Adrian: Una hermosa foto y debe ser muy dificil poder fotografiar estas especies; saludos y que tenga un gran año 2010...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-01 15:46]

Hi Adrian,

How nice to see this mountain goat as your first picture of the new year. I imagine they are not easy to capture and you managed a fine close-up. I love his pose and the colors and details of his face, body and legs. Those horns are amazing. A beautiful setting and I see there is an on-looker looking down at your subject.


Hi Adrian,

I hope you've received very good 2010!

Looks like a photo taken in difficult light conditions, although well managed. Good depth and appropriate cropping and composition.

Greetings and thanks for sharing.


How good it was to get so close and sharp on this one. Informational....and I also would like to ask if this is the same name for reason as some use for cloth in such things as car washes....at least in the very old days!???

Witaj Adrian,
Ale wspanialy okaz, pieknie zapozowal. Gdzie zes go wypatrzyl? W dodatku jest pozny grudzien a tam nie ma sniegu!?
Duzo radosci z wypraw i fotografowania w 2010 roku.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-02 1:21]

Buna Adrian
Multumesc pentru urari si cuvintele frumoase. Deasemenea iti doresc un An Nou cat mai bun care sa-ti aduca cat mai multe realizari, sanatate si numai bucurii alaturi de cei dragi.
La multi ani!

Hi Adrian
nice picture of a mouflon (Ovis aries), not a chamois

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-02 3:09]

Lieber Adrian,
Das Jahr hat für uns alle gut angefangen, für Dich auch und ich hoffe, es wird so weiter gehen.
Das ist aber kein Chamois (Gämse) hier aber eine moufflonartige Spezies.
Schön dezentriertes Bild, das Tier ist dir wirklich nahe gekommen.
Mein Handy ist meist abgestellt, darum hast Du mich nicht erreicht.
Aber herzlichen Dank noch für Eure Wünsche über SM:-)
Alles Gute
Herzlich grüssst

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-02 3:14]

Hi Adrian.

You have started 2010 in a great with this very nice capture of this beautiful animal.
Great POV gives it some majestic.
Thank you for sharing it and the best wishes to you in 2010.

Gr. Hans

Hi Adrian,
Great to see that fellow members have so much knowledge and are able to help you with the correct ID.
I am amazed how close you were able to get to this animal. It looks like it wasn't that happy with you getting so close. The shot isn't as sharp as I was hoping for, but the moment makes up for a lot.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-02 3:37]

Hello Adrian

Great shot here. Nice pose and good exposure in low light.

Thanks for your good wishes - wishing you a Happy New Year.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-02 3:49]

Hej Adrian,
Tack för din fina svenska kommentar! Jag har inte glömt dig och önskar även dig ett lyckligt och framgångsrikt år!
A really fine capture of this beautiful Mouflon, an animal I've only seen at a great distance. I like its pose here and the fine sharp details. Beautiful light and colours too! Is that his 'wife' following behind??
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

hello Adrian,
What a beautifully horned male of this breed of mountain sheep, seems like his mate was watching you from some distance and perhaps asking not to ignore her... smile.The Alpine scenery in the background is impressive...hope new year is good...thanks for sharing...warmest regards/Abid

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-02 6:00]

Hi Adrian,
this is lovely. Superbs lively shot in a very dynamic environment.The surrounding is very lively with the lady at the back I guess.
Well taken in good light and excellent feature and details.
Congratulations for such a special capture.


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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2010-01-02 6:49]

Hello Adrian .

Frumoasa compozitie , ... foarte clara , bun POV , culori bune .... deci ,... ce sa mai zic : FELICITARI !
stiam eu , ca ai sa ne uimesti cu poze faine :) .
Numai bine , neamtzule !

hello Adrian

an very beautiful photo of the mouflon to start your new year,
with fine POV and the way it is framed, i also love the way
the background it is blurred with showing details and a
beautiful landscape, fine focus sharpness and details of the mouflon,


also for you Happy and Healthy Year 2010


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-02 8:09]

Hi Adrian. Something a little different from you today . The mouflon looks a bit cross with you . Taken with good colours and detail. You must have been very close. A happy 2010 to you.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-02 12:42]

Hello Adrian,
This is a fine composition with an impressive fellow!In spite he is in the process of throwing the winter fur he looks great, and stands out in an almost 3D effect on the background! Best regards,Siggi

Ciao Adrian,
un buon ritratto di Muflone, la prospettiva grandangolare o il movimento dell'animale hanno impedito una messa a fuoco precisa sull'occhio, ma complessivamente l'immagine ha un buon impatto visivo con un'ottima composizione.
Tanti Auguri anche a te e alla tua famiglia di un Felice 2010
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-02 15:32]

Hello Adrian
Nice capture.Good POV and sharp image .I like your subject pose and I also liek the DOF that provides us with good view on the BG
TFS Michel

Hallo Adrian
schönes Bild für den Jahresbeginn, dieser Mufflon ist ein wunderbares Tier und sie haben es hervoragend abgenommen mit feinen Details und von einem guten Sichtpunkt
Ich wünsche dir glückliches Jahr 2010

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-01-02 21:38]

Hi Adrian,
To you, family and friends may 2010 be a prosperous and joyous one.
A well captured photo of this mountain goat which seems to be eyeing you from a side angle.I assume they can also be dangerous when cornered.
Take care,

Ahhh Adrian:) this is absolutely my mood:) Whata lovely facial expression on his face and posture! Wonderful DOF control that provide an 3-D effect!
Realy great one to start the New YeaR!
TFS and best wishes for 2010 MF!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-02 23:04]

Waw...un muflon...daca ma uit bine chir doi!
Frumoasa captura de azi,la fel ca si cuvintele ce o insotesc.
Un 2010 perfect sa ai!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-03 2:33]

Hi Adrian,very nice and different way to celebrate the start of the new year...ehehe..i like a lot this composition and the stranges colors,remember me the pics taken whit the film and not whit a digital camera.Great sharpness too.I wish you all the best....Luciano

Hi Adrian,
heute schreib' ich auf Deutsch, zu viele Worte, die ich auf Englisch nicht weiss ...
Du zeigst hier nämlich mein Sternzeichen, woher wußtest Du??? Haha!
War da ein Zaun zwischen Euch, sonst hätte ich an Deiner Stelle ziemlich Angst gehabt und wäre davongelaufen.
Danke schön, liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Adrian,

You also an happy new year.
Good pov on this animal with fine colours.


Buna Adrian,
Excelent muflon si bine surprins. O pozitie ideala pe jumatate intors pentru a se vedea cat mai bine coarnele. In fundal femela il priveste si este curioasa de aparitia fotografului.

hello Adrian
sorry for my delay. I was in trip and formal meeting and so I was away from internet. firstly I wish you and your family a happy and healty new year. I hope 2010 will be a nice year for everybody and all world.
This is nice shot of mouflon. you nicely captured an adult males. nicely composed and noted. I have seen two subspecies of this mouflon. One of them from Cyprus and other from Central Anatolia. Both of them endemic.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2010-01-04 23:00]

Hi Andrian,
Very impressive the horn of this guy. Wow, I would want to mess with this one. Good good with good details. Very nice color and contrast. Perhaps I would have crop the top a little more to balance the space a little more.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-05 2:36]

Hello Adrian,
A very nice shot of this big fellow as he glances back at his ewe as if to say , "well are you coming or not". The colors of this guy's coat are beautiful and the inquisitive expression on his face as he looks back is very amusing. Great work!! Very informative notes. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-05 3:07]

Hello Adrian,
Although this photo isn't in superb sharpness, it is a beautiful close photo of a mouflon. Nice pose, colours, DOF and composition. Good low POV.

Salut Adrian.
Interesante coarne are tipul asta,si nici cu blana nu sta mai rau.
Frumos exemplar.
O seara frumoasa.Alin.

Bonsoir Adrian.

Félicitation pour cette magnifique photographie d'un mouflon, qui semble vous regarder. Belle composition et mise ne page. La netteté aurait pu être un peu meilleure ; mais ce n'est pas toujour facile avec ces animaux prêts à fuir au premier mouvement.

Merci pour ce partage.

Belle nouvelle année à vous, Adrian.

A bientôt.


Coucou Adrian,

Merci d'être passé.
J'arrive sur TN sur la pointe des pieds.
Je n'ai pas vraiment de belles photos à placer aussi bien sur TL que sur TN ici.
Il faut que je m'améliore aussi bien en captures qu'en matériels photographiques.
Ce mouflon avec sa superbe robe couleur chataigne, est de toute beauté.
Le paysage brouillé en arrière plan donne de la profondeur à la composition.
Félicitations. A bientôt de vous rendre visite ici.

Belle journée.


Hi Adrian,
Beautiful mouflon portrait and fantastic composition. You had luck to see the male from so close - even the light conditions were a bit difficult, You managed to get a superb shot. Bravo. And of course, I wish You happy, peaceful and productive new year. Best regards from Hungary, László

Hi Adrian
Your mountain sheep look very similar to the ones we have in Canada. The difference looks like their color. You've captured a very large male, he's really stunning with his large set of horns.
TFS Janice

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