Camel Hoof...

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  1. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    A few shots from a trip to the camel souk about 10 minutes drive from the compound I live on in Riyadh. I've been threatening to do this for a while and thought it was about time I did something about it. Given that I took a fair few shot whilst lying on the ground, it's perhaps as well that camel dung is pretty dry stuff - apparently though, Eau D'Poop is not a good fragrance on me - she has no taste...

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    I absolutely :lovey: #10!!
    Those are all really cool pictures, i didnt know baby camels looked like that with all the curly hair!!
    #11 is one of my faves too..nice work!
     
  3. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    I was pleased with #10 too. Whilst it's not too clear at this resolution, his eyes aren't absolutely sharp though. The light wasn't great by the time I took it unfortunately and getting focus was a bit tricky. He thought it was great seeing the pictures on the back of the camera though. I'll run some prints off in the next day or so and take them back down there for them - I guess they'll be around and about.
     
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    Oh, what a fun thread! Love seeing the baby camels (and the white one looks almost like a lamb in pic #2). The ones with mom close by or nuzzling the baby really appeal to me (5, 8 and 9) as well as the fisheye view in #11 (makes me laugh)

    Interesting too to see how 'addidas' is spelled over there. And I love the shot of the little boy (#10) ...wonderful shot with that dof and the camels in the background. Sad to see they still brand the animals. Surely the mark on the face of the camel in #6 is just a scar and not a brand?

    Thanks for sharing these!
     
  5. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    #11 was quite tricky to take - just checked and the focal length was 18mm on the 17-55mm. Whilst some are a bit skittish, many are extremely curious to find out what exactly you are - when I took the camera from my eye, it had its nose about 18" from my face - that's kind of up close and personal given the size they are.

    Nope, that's a genuine counterfeit overcoat - Adidas had nothing to do with it...

    He was a bit cute and quite a character

    Looking at them reasonably closely, it's only the coat that is branded, it's extremely thick. No self respecting camel farmer wants to hurt the animal. Infection would set in very quickly in that climate and camels take things very personally. Like elephants, they don't forget and stories abound of ones that have taken revenge at a later date, having suffered previously. As far as the mark on#6 is concerned, I'm pretty sure that is a brand.

    There may be more...
     
  6. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    A couple more...

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    Just checked another shot that didn't make the grade and some are definitely branded on their face.
     
  7. Dagwood56

    Dagwood56 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    They are all great shots, but my personal favovrites are 8 through 12.
     
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    These are really amazing shots and great so show for people who wouldn't get the opportunity to see this. I'm not sure which is my favorite, but I really love the mama camel with her baby.
     
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    awwwwwwwww!

    what a cute series! i love the baby camel, and his/her (?) curly hair!
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm certainly glad you decided to use the proper use of the animals foot. Otherwise we would be having a completely different discussion.

    There are several favorites for me, such as I have always wanted to see the backside of a camel as in #6 and so much more the act of a mother nuzzling the backside of a calf (what are the young called?) as in #8. All seriousness, the young boy in #10 is superb, but in #13 he seems to have grown some ears on the top of his head. :lol:

    But in all seriousness, #11 & 12 are my favorites.

    Well done Chris. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Nice job! When ever I look at camels, I smile. They are so cute!

    Thanks for pointing out the ears on the boy ... too funny!!
     
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    nice shots, did you get spit at???
     

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