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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K5, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, ISO 400
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-09 8:23
Viewed: 1951
Points: 10
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
Species: C. elaphus
Binomial name: Cervus elaphus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red deer

The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The red deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor, parts of western Asia, and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red deer have been introduced to other areas, including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world, the meat (venison) from red deer is used as a food source.

Red deer are ruminants, characterized by an even number of toes, and a four-chambered stomach. Genetic evidence indicates the red deer (Cervus elaphus) as traditionally defined is a species group rather than a single species, although it remains disputed as to exactly how many species the group includes. The slightly larger American elk or wapiti, native to North America and eastern parts of Asia, represents a distinct species besides red deer. The ancestor of all red deer, including wapiti, probably originated in central Asia and probably resembled sika deer.

Although at one time red deer were rare in some areas,[where?] they were never close to extinction. Reintroduction and conservation efforts, especially in the United Kingdom, have resulted in an increase of red deer populations, while other areas, such as North Africa, have continued to show a population decline.

More info @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_deer

Taken @ De Hoge Veluwe National Park

Location Gelderland, Netherlands
Nearest city Arnhem
Coordinates 52?5′N 5?48′ECoordinates: 52?5′N 5?48′E
Area 55 km2 (21 sq mi)
Established 1935
Governing body Stichting Het Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe

Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe (English: The Hoge Veluwe National Park) is a Dutch national park in the province of Gelderland near the cities of Ede, Wageningen, Arnhem and Apeldoorn. It is approximately 55 square kilometers in area, consisting of heathlands, sand dunes, and woodlands. It is situated in the Veluwe, the area of the largest terminal moraine in the Netherlands. Most of the landscape of the park and the Veluwe was created during the last Ice Age. The alternating sand dune areas and heathlands may have been caused by human utilization of the surrounding lands. The park forms one of the largest continuous nature reserves in the Netherlands.

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Hello Thijs,
Outstanding photograph of The Three Musketeers, outstanding sharpness and details, good composition, good background and outstanding lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

great triplet, TFS Ori

Precioso conjunto con un atractivo efecto visual.
Saludos Thijs,
J. Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-09 11:17]

Hi Thijs,this is one of the most original pic never seen on TN..ehehe...what a fantastic face to face whit this 3 deers,and what a spectacular scenery in background too,i like the perspective and the great 3D effect,good details and colors despite the difficult light.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Thijs
super opname deze edelherten met de nieuwe stokken op hun kop
goed van scherpe en mooie natuurlijke kleuren
gr lou

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