A Giant for Bayram
A worthy dedication. Great shot concentrating just on the head. The detail is wonderful and conveys the smooth body very well.
yikes, alien attack?! never saw something like that strange creature. i thought it was a gigantic worm at first.*g*
terrific portrait, such an interesting face and the shiny skin with its´ reflections is awesome, it looks so smooth - i guess
you did not touch it? i wouldn´t have. wonderful, every day something new. thanks & best wishes from cologne, thor.
Hi Loot, My Dear friend,
I feel honoured by you!
Thank you very much for this lovely and rare scincid capture and dedication! You did a great work my friend because all scincid species (especially legless ones)are very difficult to photograph since they have got a shiny body cover consisting with "cycloid" scales like fishes. Congrats and many thanks for dedication! :) once again!
And of course, I'm taking this in to my favorites:)!
Have a great Sunday my friend!
- zulfu (43)
- [2008-05-11 2:51]
Hello Loot, great and perfect capture of this beautiful species. I am sure that my good supervisor Dr. Göçmen loved to this capture and your kind dedication. TFS. Greetings,
- fragman (43776)
- [2008-05-11 3:42]
very interesting, TFS Ori
- SelenE (13972)
- [2008-05-11 4:02]
What an interesting creature... Well seen and captured with good details and POV.
It's a fine dedication for our friend Bayram.
Nice dedication, a fine image. I agree, Bayram has contributed greatly in the area of herpetology, with a wide variety of species. And always provides complete & accurate information when he publishes here on TN..
You've captured the shiny, reflective beast very well..I think I see a landscape within a closeup here ;}
Very good detail, color, and light..& even a catchlight to round it off.
- mariki (9477)
- [2008-05-11 5:21]
Very nice close-up of this skink. Excellent capture of the texture of the scales. The shape of the jaws are amazing, almost a beak!... Very nice natural colours.
- gerbilratz (3176)
- [2008-05-11 10:39]
Hi Loot, seriously looking skink... he is a beut.. great capture, the lighting gives such good details and colouration. fine work, regards h
- meyerd (7529)
- [2008-05-11 11:04]
a completely unknown example of a skink, a great head portrait of it! What amases me a lot is this beak like sheathing of the head. That must be some tough diet they have or else the head is used like a boring instrument in the soil. With your picture you give my phantasy ample room. Very good the idea with the surprise- dedication to Bayram, I'm sure he will enjoy it.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-05-11 13:36]
what a great shot of this Skink :-D
I love the glossy scales.
Excellent attention to detail.
A very good dedication to Bayram!
- maurydv (36428)
- [2008-05-11 14:43]
Splendido primo piano, ottimi POV e taglio compositivo, eccellente nitidezza con straordinaria "texture", molto belli i colori e la luce. Grazie e mcomplimenti. Ciao Maurizio
- betsie (0)
- [2008-05-12 0:16]
Voorwaar 'n mooi foto. Sal nie graag self naby die outjie wil kom nie (dit lyk net te veel na 'n slang), so dankie vir al die inligting oor hierdie reptiel.
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2008-05-12 0:45]
A nice captured portrait of this beautiful legless skink. Half a meter WOW!A good dedication. Its jaws looks terrifying. Very good details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-05-12 2:42]
A fine dedication to Bayram. A lovely photograph of this Giant legless skink. I wonder how many people have confused a skink with a snake. If one look at the photo in the workshop without reading your notes, it is easy to misjudge what you thought you saw and think it is a snake that you are looking at. I like the side view in which you have captured this reptile, this way displaying the curves of the beak so closely and with clarity. This skink has a gorgeous shiny colour and it looks like the front part of its face has a waxy cover placed over it. You where quite close while photographing it and this closeness is shown beautifully on this image. The sandy surface and background really sets this shot off too. This is a great portrait, well presented as always. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed looking at it as it reminded me of the wonderful time we had at the game reserve.
- gannu (14759)
- [2008-05-12 3:52]
Hello Loot, Lovely dedication to a wonderful person. Lovely shot and with a superb sharpness. Great compo and nice focus. Ganesh
- albert (2971)
- [2008-05-12 4:40]
Very interesting, never seen such species before
Well seen and capture
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-05-12 10:26]
Simply amazing picture of the nice creature and touching dedication. I am impressed with quality of the image and perfect representation of unknown for m reptile. Superb skin tones and texture reproduction, nice DOF and details of the ground, impressive low POV and cropping. As usual your note is great. Bravo.
- bobcat08 (1431)
- [2008-05-12 11:26]
Congrats with this 1st posting of this species on TrekNature. I have never seen such an animal on this way. Yes by Discovery Channel and so on. A great and perfect capture of this beautiful species. What a smooth skin has this animal. Fine details and as always Razorsharp. Very fine and interesting notes. When I take a look at the WS this guy is big men. Regards and TFS BOB
- Dyker (170)
- [2008-05-12 17:41]
Congratulations on one more unknown creature brought to us from your great camera work and I see another first on the Trek Nature site. From the workshop I gather that this didn't look much like a 'black mamba' as you said, but I realise it was all 'tongue-in-cheek', but I think I too would have been rather 'cat-foot' upon seeing this critter for the first time and not knowing what kind of mayhem it might be able to cause. You did some fine research from the many sources you mentioned to come up with this comprehensive and informative study on the species and I am sure Bayram must have been very impressed by it. The photo itself is great showing the shiny skin and nice sharp focused details. Excellent work.
Nou wat nog? Elke keer iets nuuts, iets vreemds, iets komies, iets anderster, iets uniek, of sommer net iets van hoogstaande gehalte. Ek het al lankal besef dat 'n mens nie net een van jou bydraes oopmaak en verwag dat dit iets normaals of alledaags sal wees nie. Daar is altyd een of ander verrassings element, 'n kinkel in die storie lyn, of plynweg 'n briljante voorstelling van iets alledaags, maar vanuit 'n nuwe vars oogpunt. Dankie vir die vermaaklikheids en opvoedkundige faktor wat altyd in jou werk teenwoordig is.
Aangaande hierdie oorgroeide wurm, al wat ek kan sê is dat ek waarskynlik glad nie die vrede sou glo en eers uit my kar sou klim om nader ondersoek in te stel nie. Definitief lyk dit vir my ook te veel na 'n slang (brrrrrrr). Puik fotografie om dit op so 'n uitsekende wyse te kon vaspen en te vertoon.
- JoshLewis (909)
- [2008-05-13 0:30]
Wow! Shiny! Now that is one shiny Giant legless! Perhaps the shiniest animal photo I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing! Great photo! P.S. Wonderful description! Cheers Josh Lewis.
This is certainly an interesting creature, Loot.
Not of the fuzzy cuddly persuasion, but interesting. : P
I have to say that you captured that skink with excellent focus and exposure. The details and colors are amazing.
I like his "armored" mouth.
The workshop photo showing the whole animal is quite impressive. And thank you for all your efforts to provide us with comprehensive and understandable info about this creature.
TFS. : )
- goldyrs (11497)
- [2008-05-14 20:13]
A lovely dedication to someone who is worthy of it.
Very well done!
A befitting dedication to Bayram.I have never seen a Skink like this one.Your WS picture shows it long, fat and shiny.Reminds me of a fish fresh out of water. It looks so fragile and docile in the close up shot that it makes it hard to believe that they have a strong bite and can even attack frogs.your close up shot gives an excellent view of its eye, mouth and the way those shiny scales are arranged on its body.Excellent POV, DOF and colours.
Thanks for the share,
This is really astonishing. It is always GREAT to look at your images, as the most of the times you surprise us with something out of the ordinary like this skink. There is at least a bird, a butterfly and a flower on each page of the gallery. Nothing wrong with that, because each person has a right to his/her own opinion. BUT I cannot understand that something as extraordinary as your photo do not get the recognition that it really deserve. The details of the scales on this skink is shaped and formed so perfectly. It is a great idea that you made the headpart the centre of attraction, this way one can focus on the finer detail of this reptile. This is really a very interesting living thing. Altough I don’t know the person (Bayram) who you dedicated this image too, I am sure he appreciated it tremendously. Thanks for sharing, and as always your notes are SUPER SPECIAL, and I am sure you have done a lot of research to present to us all the information as per your notes. THANKS A MILLION.
- Ken52 (4195)
- [2008-05-15 21:10]
Both photos are technically amazing. What an unusual creature. I have never seen such a thing. The light is incredible and that, along with razor sharp focus produces such a beautiful sheen. I love the detail we seen in scales on main photo.
- aido (4046)
- [2008-05-16 4:21]
Very acomplished camera work here, the detail is excellent, I imagine it would e easy to lose a lot of that to light. I've never seen one of these before (or even heard of it) so it's great to meet another occupant of this floating rock we call home. The scales and markings are beautiful (again great work to display them in their full glory). As always an interesting and entertaining note. You also win the prize for the longest intro page (mine is currently one word!).
- anel (40574)
- [2008-05-17 5:17]
In some way I always miss your shots. So I had a look at your galerie and I found this amazing shot of this curious creature. It was a great idea to focuse on the head, it looks so strange, like coming from elsewhere. Excellent note and beautiful workshop picture too.
A great thank for this unusual posting
- eng55 (5892)
- [2008-05-17 8:07]
This reptile is new to me.At first sight i thought it was a fish:)Well exposed,framed and composed.Lovely dedication for Bayram.Thanks for posting.
- FunkyMunky (3154)
- [2008-05-17 9:53]
I would not stop to take a photo, I would RUN, lol.
Jokes aside, an exceptional photo, sharp and shiny! I bet those beady eyes could easily hipnotise one!
Thanks for enabling me to view a specimen like this up close!
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2008-05-18 5:31]
Bravo for thorough research on this Skink, Loot!
The information in your note gives a good idea about this huge creature. No wonder you took it for a snake. Your diagnosis on its identity crisis made me laugh out loud :)!
The close-up picture is so sharp and crisp I can count the scales on the visible portion.
Thanks for sharing this picture of a reptile seen for the first time on TN.
- jeanpaul (14962)
- [2008-05-18 8:59]
Félicitations pour cette présentation,le sujet est superbe et les détails sont très clairs. Bravo pour la belle composition et les couleurs.
Merci pour l'envoie amitié ....JP
- Janice (18832)
- [2008-05-19 4:04]
I can see a slight smile on this fellow's face Loot. He thought he had fooled you!! And the WS makes me think it looks more like an eel than a snake - but then I don't really know snakes too well. Well, not at all! (Dave thought it was a worm!) Not at 40cms long...
Very interesting to see MF
- zeca (2887)
- [2008-05-19 21:57]
Its a very nice capture, Loot! It looks like so wet, a kind of methalic! Its head shape is strange! A different creature! Thank you for post it!
- arfer (0)
- [2008-05-22 21:44]
A wonderful encounter of this skink.
The details show well.
Another example of the amazing biodiversity here on Earth.
Well focused with good detail.
- carper (8439)
- [2008-05-25 9:42]
marvelous one Loot,
a fantastic heat of this snake, good capture, fine shot, and good photojob, well done my friend.
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-05-26 8:15]
What a fantastic encounter - I never knew of such a large Skink and your two captures and your excellent note present it very nicely indeed! It does rather look like a mixture of a fish and a snake. Amazing shiny scales and a fine colour. Excellent quality of the captures too.
Best wishes and thank you for showing this, Ulla
- peter_stoeckl (11526)
- [2008-05-30 5:22]
zoologically very valuable, well describing contribution. The workshop photo is just as perfect or even more powerful in drawing the attention, and in giving a clear impression of this faszinating legless lizard that looks as if specialized for digging and moving around in the soil like a worm.
Thank you! My best regards,
- clnaef (6814)
- [2008-06-03 23:30]
Que voilà un reptile original. Intéressant portrait.
- oscarromulus (42)
- [2008-07-15 12:16]
This is all a novelty to me. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
Loved your notes, the story that goes with this image and the OUTSTANDINDING images. (W/S & map included.)
Am so joyful that you exist; and, what's more wonderful is that you share FREELY "ALL" that you know & have.
You, my friend, are one of the, THE, most humble individuals on TN.
Warm regards to you both. Mario from Calgary, Canada.