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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): E.Y.E.S, Mammals of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-21 3:30
Viewed: 5387
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]

On the second of February each year, much of North America observes groundhog day. On that day, according to folklore, the woodchuck Marmota monax -- sometimes called groundhog, or simply chuck -- awakes from its long winter sleep and comes out of its den. If it sees its shadow it will go back in, and we will have another six weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow it will remain awake and active, and we will have an early spring. This popular old legend apparently came to North America with early settlers from Europe, where it is believed in some parts that bears or badgers behave in the same manner. Although most people recognize that the legend has no basis in fact, it provides a welcome mid-winter diversion, which is usually promoted by the news media. Actually most woodchucks do not come out of hibernation until March, or even later in the north.

Woodchucks are widely distributed in North America and are particularly common in the east where they are found from Alabama and Georgia in the United States to northern Quebec and Ontario. In the west, their range extends northward to Alaska, through southern Yukon and Northwest Territories. Woodchuck distribution is spotty everywhere on the edges of the range.
The woodchuck, like a small number of other animals (for example, the coyote), has prospered because of deforestation and agriculture. Before the felling of the forests of eastern North America, the woodchuck population was many times smaller than it is today. When large numbers of European settlers began to farm what had once been dense forest, woodchuck numbers skyrocketed among the woodlots, pastures, and cultivated fields. Although farming has been abandoned in many parts of eastern Canada, today's landscape of mixed bush and pasture still suits these familiar burrowing mammals.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-21 5:47]

Great shot, Luc - I like his pose a lot. The image is sharp and the DOF excellent.

Thanks for posting

Luc, Great shot in the wild like this. Nice moment captured with "Chucks" black paws clutching his food & munching down! Like the detail & the red-brown tones I see in Chucks forearms & underside. Great supporting note.. Great Catch!!

Great shot! I love these critters. Nice note on groundhog day. I didn't know this.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-21 7:52]

Bonita imagen de esta marmota tan simpática.
El detalle de su pelaje es muy agradable.
Típica posicion de la mayoría de los animales que tienen esta forma de alimentación.
Buen encuadre y DOF con bellos tonos y excelente nota.

Image jolie de de celle-ci marmotte tellement sympathique.
Le détail de son pelage est très agréable.
Poste typique de la majorité des animaux qui ont cette forme d'alimentation.
Bon encadrez et DOF avec de beaux tons et note excellente.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-21 9:46]

Super picture, the pose is excellent and good POV. Excellent note too. Well done Luc.

tres belle photo,
tant au niveau composion, couleurs, que pdc.
nice done

Good DOF and framing. You've captured this groundhog very well. The note was an excellent read. The tones of his coat is nicely captured.

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  • Rubys (36)
  • [2004-10-21 22:30]
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Belle netteté et belles couleurs du pelage de l'animal.Commentaire fort intéressant et instructif. J'avoue avoir un peu plus de sympathie pour cette marmotte que pour celle qui vient dévaliser mon jardin l'été ;-)
Bravo pour cette photo bien réussie Luc.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-10-23 18:47]

I love this groundhog.Stunning colors, very good details and sharpness.Let me add your chuck to my favorites.

this reminds me of 'knabbel en babbel' two disney figures!
very nice shot, good colours and details,compo is good to.

This is postcard perfect! I love the bright green and the sharpness you've push forth in the photo!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-07 12:25]

Belle réalisation!
très jolie marmotte en pleine action, j'aime bien les couleurs riches et le fin détail de l'image.
Bien vu Luc!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-07 23:32]

Hi Luc,
This picture is very pretty!
We have a colony of these around the Norfork Dam. Their burrow holes have sent me over the handlebars of my mountain bike more than once...:-( Not necessarily good for someone my age. Fortunately, I was not hurt bad either time...;-)
This one's coat really looks luxuriant. As usual, you have really done an excellent job with this shot!

Ha-ha! So funny Woodchuck!
Wonderful colors and contrast with green grass.
You capture unusual moment with great pose!
Best regards. Tanya.

Hello Luc,
Beautiful shot of this lovely fellow!!! Very good sharpness and light and also the framing. Well done.
Best regards, João Edgar

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