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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-02 15:33
Viewed: 8260
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Woodchuck/Groundhog ( Marmota monax )is the only Marmot in the eastern US and across most of Canada. You can see them in fields and on roadsides, but they are not sociable and live singly in burrows up to 30 feet long. This is where I found this fun creature...he kept ducking into his burrow as I crept closer. When I was close enough, but not too close as to stress him, I crouched down and waited, and waited , and waited for about 15-20mins as he slowly edged his way out of his burrow. About the time my hands and feet were falling asleep he got to a pose I wanted to photograph. As I took these photos in the underbrush of a dark morning with rain and fog about he was remarkably comfortable with me and although was aware of my presence he didn't shy away until I stood to turn and go and he ran back into the safety of his den.

The Woodchuck , contrary to the tongue twister " How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood."...this marmot eats grasses weeds , and crops....they are even know to raid picnic areas for left behind tibits.

elroyie, Janice, Fisher, milloup, LordPotty, marhowie, ellis49, coasties, sandpiper2, slrnovice2, sAner, gerhardt, TAZ, valy67 has marked this note useful
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Very good catch, it seems that you surprised it according the look on its face, it was worth waiting.

Well caught, good light and pleasing colours, with a good DOF to isolate the subject.

Hi Lesley
Very good shoot.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-02 16:51]

Your patience paid off Lesley. Well done catching this little fella. He's looking at you so unsure, as if he's not sure if you're real ot not! And he's nice and sharp too. Well shown. TFS.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-02 17:28]

I was just about to write if a wood chuck could chuck wood, but, you have it in your note. LOL
A beautiful capture with an Excelent POV. He's got his eye on you. Well done on this composition and details. Good sense of depth.


Hard work well rewarded, he looks really inquisitive ;-)) No nits.

I was worth the wait Lesley.
This is an excellent capture.
Tack sharp with beautiful colours and a great alert pose,showing the wild nature of this Marmot. Great post.

Very nice shot Lesley.
You catch it very nice in his environs.
Well composed, nice colours, very good details and POV.
Excellent work.

Very cute Lesley, great pose, good sharpness and POV.
Well done.

Well worth the wait Lesley. He is a very cute critter. His facial expression is almost like he is looking at you but pretending he's not. Very good sharpness and detail. Thanks

It's a wonderful shot Lesley! Very nice POV, details and colors..Cute little guy! Well done!

You are so lucky to have so many mammals that you can see and shoot in the day time. Apart from Kangaroos, most of our mammals are nocturnal and difficult to find.
Its always a pleasure see your shots, this one has great POV and composition, well worth the 20 min wait. Well done Lesley.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-03 7:47]

Hello Lesley,
This is a nice photo of Woodchuck, i like composition & details the nice background, colours & sharpness are great, very well done!


Great to see patience bearing fruit Lesley and it certainly has for you here. This is a lovely shot. Cute little mammal isn't he? Great composition you've chosen and the DOF throws the BG nicely out of focus. Getting down on the ground really works here, must try that myself, the POV is great :)

Nice shot Lesley,
He looks very curious.It was well worth the wait to get this capture.
Well composed shot, good colours and sharpness. I like the low POV.
Thanks for posting

  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-03 16:48]

Hi Lesley,

I missed this somehow ... It's a great capture. I like the POV. DOF is excellent, details are nice and sharp. Lightening is great. Very well done. TFS!


Such a nice composition and pose from a critter we don't get to see here often. Very well done, Lesley. Great shot.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-25 3:50]

I love marmota, but they are wild and it is difficult for me to see them in Alps. Your composition is nice. Its pose is lovely. The environment is bautiful. DOF and POV are perfect. Thanks for sharing Lesley

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-05 10:49]

Wonderful shot ! I love everything in this photo, color, sharpness, details, composition... The posture of the woodchuck is great, he looks afraid but curious at the same time.
Well done !

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