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Sleeping Beauty


Sleeping Beauty
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Copyright: Marc Cloutier (manamo) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 15] (50)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70s, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-24 22:27
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Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another view at this beautiful specimen of Canada lynx. I was so excited to see it sleeping that I kind of lost my mind and did not take much time to focus and adjust the camera so I took it on automatic...The focus is made just a bit before it, but still, I think it is not too bad... He was sleeping beside a pile of logs.

So, here are some facts about Canada lynx:
Canada lynx are short-tailed, long-legged wildcats. Though similar in appearance to bobcats, lynx may appear taller because of their long legs. The weight of lynx is similar to that of bobcat - about 20 to 30 pounds - but some bobcat males can be considerably bigger. Many people assume lynx are bigger animals, probably due to their thick furs and large feet, but large northern bobcats outweigh the largest lynx. Ear tufts are longer on lynx, and they have a solid black-tipped tail, compared to the black-topped, white-bottomed tail on bobcats. Also the lynx's tail is tawny gray with a black tip, whereas the bobcat's tail has narrow black bands and a black tip. Lynx are tawny gray, sometimes with faint spots on their inner legs. Both their gray-brown faces and light gray ear tufts are edged with black. The cats' large eyes and ears give them excellent sight and hearing.

Like most other cats, lynx have retractable claws for capturing prey, fighting and climbing. In winter, their large feet act like snowshoes, enabling the cats to walk easily on the surface of deep snow. Dense, coarse hair that grows on their paws in winter also increases the snowshoe effect and helps keep their feet warm. Their feet really are that large!!It is very impressive!

Cheers!
Marc

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  • Betty Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 10] (186)
  • [2006-08-25 19:29]

Salut Marc, quelle chance d'avoir pu approcher cet animal sans qu'il ne se sente menacé, il ne semble même pas s'aperçevoir de ta présence, en le voyant dormir comme ça on risquerait de le confondre avec nos petits chats (dont il ne ferait qu'une bouchée sans doute).
C'est vrai que la mise au point n'est pas idéale mais les couleurs et la luminosité sont bien réussies et le tout est globalement bien rendu. Tu pourrais essayer de rogner un peu l'herbe du haut et du bas (cadrer plus en longueur) ça ferait peut-être plus ressortir le lynx dans la compo et "tromperait" un peu l'oeil vis à vis de la mise au point?
Betty

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