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The Ancient One

Posted by
Robert D. Burr (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) on 16 November 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

We stood within a foot of this fellow for quite q while and didn't realize that it wasn't a rock. Good thing he didn't want to take a bite out of one of us.

NIKON D80 1/200 second F/10.0 ISO 100 39 mm (35mm equiv.)

As a photographer I enjoy your positive comments about my photographs however, what I would really appreciate is your helpful thoughtful critiques. It is only through your eyes I will learn to work better. I wish I could respond to all your wonderful comments but I may not be able to respond to every one due to time consumption....which I would prefer to use looking at your images but I do read them all and enjoy them. Thank you......Dennis

En tant que photographe, je profiter de vos commentaires positifs au sujet cependant mes photographies, ce que je voudrais vraiment l'apprécier est vos critiques réfléchies utiles. Il est seulement à travers vos yeux, je vais apprendre à mieux travailler. Je voudrais pouvoir répondre à tous vos merveilleux commentaires mais je ne peux pas être en mesure de répondre à tout le monde en raison de la consommation de temps .... que je préfère utiliser regardant vos images mais je ne les lire tous et d'en profiter. Merci ...... Den

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Il n'était pas affamé ! !!!!!!.......:)))))))

16 Nov 2015 7:27am

@tataray: Heureusement pas cette fois .. Il aurait pu prendre ensemble un pied en une seule bouchée.

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

Almost one with the environment ........... like a rock!

16 Nov 2015 7:49am

@Ellebelle: Ha we thought.

Jean Louis from Nîmes, France

Une belle prise !!

16 Nov 2015 10:51am

@Jean Louis: Merci Jean-Louis. La photo ne rend pas justice à sa taille .... ses ongles étaient environ 2 pouces de long

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Impressive image! I see a small or large reptile (?) ... Very well seen! I love it Dennis! Best Regards, Adela

16 Nov 2015 10:59am

@Adela Fonts: Thanks Adela. I laugh when you say "very well seen" as we stood within a foot of him for about 15 min. before anyone noticed him.. He was very large. His shell could easily have been 18 inches across. Snapping Turtles are not known to be tolerant so we were lucky.

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


16 Nov 2015 11:46am

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow !! What a camouflage...Yes he does look like rock !! Happy you captured this shot and shared it with us !

16 Nov 2015 11:47am

@Devi: Thanks Devi. He was VERY WELL camouflaged...see my comments to Adela.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

He must be calm and wise.

16 Nov 2015 12:56pm

@Hiro: Yes he must have been very old so he had a few years under his belt to achieve those qualities.

STEED from D, France

Amazing !!!!! Nature is finally full of surprises,and so well made.Animals have nothing teach from Men ....Thank's for share the curiosity,Dennis ...

16 Nov 2015 1:24pm

@STEED: You are so right JC... man could do well to learn more from nature.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Wonderful work!

16 Nov 2015 3:03pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Well observed and what a wonderful camouflage, a fantastic and interesting photo.

16 Nov 2015 3:32pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of this huge snapping turtle.

16 Nov 2015 6:01pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow!! What a camouflaged fellow you've captured here!! Excellent clarity and light!

16 Nov 2015 6:37pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Very well camouflaged! Beautiful close up

16 Nov 2015 6:45pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

A handsome creature.

16 Nov 2015 7:46pm

@Jypyä Pop: Ha ha....only you and his Mother would think so. :>)

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice portrait!
A M A Z I N G !

16 Nov 2015 8:05pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

C'est quoi ce truc ..... je ne connais pas ?
Expliques moi, j'ai cru à une plaisanterie tellement ça ressemble au rocher !..... )

16 Nov 2015 8:29pm

@tataray: Salut Raymond. Il est une tortue serpentine. Celui-ci est énorme et pourrait être très dangereux. Nous avons été chanceux qu'il était dans un cadre d'esprit paisible.

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain


16 Nov 2015 8:30pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

what a giant, robert!

luckily you're not going to sit on this rock! ;-))

16 Nov 2015 8:42pm

@curieuzeneuzemosterdpot: Yes that would have been a huge mistake.

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Very well spotted.

16 Nov 2015 9:23pm

@Philnz: Hi Phil...In actual fact, he had no spots whatsoever.... :>)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Amazing! I love his expression! A fabulous portrait!

17 Nov 2015 2:33am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is wonderful.

17 Nov 2015 2:47am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique vue quelle forme quel rendu et image superbe.

17 Nov 2015 3:28am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wow - I was wondering whether it was a sculpture.

17 Nov 2015 4:08am

@Harry: Very much alive Harry

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh génial

17 Nov 2015 8:34am

1/200 second
ISO 100
39 mm (35mm equiv.)