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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-30
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/22, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature's Oddities [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-01-02 15:47
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Panther Chameleon
Furcifer pardalis

The chameleons ability to change color is one of the most eventful momments to witness in the animal kingdom as it changes from a normal plain color that usually matches its surrounding environment to a multitude of colors in seconds to either impress a female or ward off a possible rival. The chameleon has chromatic pigmented cells that allows it to change color at will. Most people believe that chameleons change color to camouflage into the environment which is hardly true however they can thermal regulate their body temperature using either dark or light color skin changes to compensate for cold or hot conditions.

Paul Bratescu

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Hi Paul,
Excellent close-up portrait, beautiful textures on the chamaeleon's head. Marvellous DoF, sharpness, composition, and I especially like the contrast between the bright animal head and the black background. Majestic job. Bravo.
All the best to you & your loved ones for 2013, regards, László

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-01-02 22:07]

really clear image and closeup. good colors on its face. beautiful species. tfs.

Very unusual close-up capture of Chameleon's face, Paul.
Amazing details and colours.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Paul, great portrait of lovely chemeleon with fantastic colors, splendid light, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2013, ciao Silvio

One word : Amazing !
I guess you used a flash but the light is so soft .
Well done

Hallo Paul
Not an animal that is often seen here on Trek Nature and therefore I enjoy and appreciate this image more than the others. The Panther Chameleon has a variety of beautiful colours and the different shapes and sizes of the scales in its face is really lovely. The shape of its eye is rather unique and it almost have magnetism to it as one take a look and look again and again. This is a great portrait and I thank you for sharing it. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-03 2:06]

Hello Paul,
Fantastic portrait of this chameleon from your archive in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful light and splendid colours. Good choice of composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-03 4:54]

Very colorful head shot, fine texture and the eye is amazing. tfs.

hello Paul
super good sharpness composition with nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-03 15:43]

Fantastic portrait of this beautiful chameleon,a very professional close-up whit the best details and bright green too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

WOW how the heck did i miss THIS...AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2013-04-19 8:46]

Hello, Perfect image with excellent colors. Technically perfect. You manage to bring to us the fascinating world of the reptiles and to imbue a sense of life into their world.
Thanks for sharing with us,

Hi Paul,
I love chameleons and spend a lot of money to rescue them, because previously disadvantaged South Africans kill them at sight , because they are EVIL, because they can change colour... Of course this applies also to tree frogs...exccept ifyou pay them for not killing ...

I added this Beauty to my theme "nature's Oddities"thanks for sharing
Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa.


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