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To My Sweet Wife

To My Sweet Wife
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2007-10-15
Categorías: Mammals
Cámara: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposición: f/11, 1/1000 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
Fecha enviada: 2007-10-15 16:54
Vista: 3016
Puntos: 34
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This posting is dedicated to my lovely wife Lucy, who has endured much this past year and who I had to put back in the hospital yesterday for pain control. She loves these Richardson Ground Squirrels, she always routes for the underdog or the weakest of anything, thats just her nature.
Richardson's Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus richardsonii
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

These small, cuddly-looking mammals, commonly but mistakenly called "gophers" really provide a food-supply service for many other hungry creatures. By converting the prairie grasses and other green plants into baby ground squirrels, these in turn become recycled baby Swainson's and Red-tailed Hawks, Coyotes and Red Foxes, to name a few. Ground squirrels prefer short-grass areas. Perhaps the new grass tips are tastier and more nutritious, but eating them also permits them to better see any approaching predators. When they detect one, they stand upright and emit a high-frequency squeak, inaudible to human ears, but heard by other members on the colony

Besides supplying food for predatory species, they provide other important services. Because theY live underground, in digging their tunnels, they bring up subsoil which contains trace minerals. This, and their body waste, always enriches plant growth. Their tunnels also aerate the soil and allows moisture (rain and melted snow) to readily enter the water table. Their burrows also provide homes for species unable to dig their own. This includes the very endangered Burrowing Owl, wintering snakes, other reptiles, amphibians and insects.

Ground squirrels, which are active by day, are true hibernators; they are also aestivators -- mammals that sleep throughout the heat of summer. Adult males first come out of their underground burrows in late February. They stay up during spring but go back to sleep in July, remaining there until the following February. (Do you suppose they get bed-sores?). They only spend about one-sixth of their year above ground. Adult females, which come up in March, retire by early August. Young females go underground a month later. Juvenile males retire from late October, into November or even early December, if winter comes late, trying to gain extra weight, needed in competing with adult males for breeding rights next spring. While in hibernation, ground squirrels awaken about once every two weeks.

Mating takes place in March, soon after the females emerge. After a gestation period of only 22 days, she gives birth to litter of 3 to ll young. The helpless newborns grow quickly and appear above ground for the first time when three weeks of age, near the beginning of May. A week later they are fully weaned, dieting on green vegetation, seeds, insects, and carrion -- often their own road-killed brethern.

They are one of 17 ground squirrels species in North America. Others occur in northern Eurasia. The Richardson's Ground Squirrel ranges throughout the grassland and Aspen Parkland regions of the three Canadian provinces, extending southward as far as northern Colorado

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hello Rick

first i wish good health to your wife (je souhaîte un
prompt rétabilssement et une bonne santé à ton épouse)

excellent photo with a nice pose of that animal that i didn't kno
until today, i am noticing that like each wild animal or bird
he has the same color of his natural habitat

the details of the subject are excellent but one thing Rick
for this photo i would prefer a horizontal framing than vertical,
i would prefer more space in front where he is looking, TFS


You caught a great pose--- Beautifully finished and composed.

Hi Rick,
sorry to hear about your wife's pain and I hope she gets well soon.

Your photo is a classic gopher pose taken very well by you with your attention to detail being your hallmark.I too champion the little guy as well because it seems the right thing to do and is good Karma anyhow.Tfs Bob

Hello Rick
Please let Lucy know I wish her well.
This is a sweet image of our beloved ground squirrel. He has such a cute little face and curious eye. Well composed and sharp detail.

I love these little guys too, I had one in my garden a couple of summers ago and finally after about 2 month and about 10 holes we caught him carefully and put him in the cat kennel and took him about 1 km away. Low and behold he showed up the next day. We caught him again and took him about 10 km away...I hope he found a girlfriend.
TFS Janice

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-15 19:14]

Hello Rick,
Lovely dedication, indeed our women are very
important source of support and companionship on our quest to a good picture, just like this one. Never heard of this kind of ground squirrel so thanks for the introduction


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-15 23:51]

Hola Rick,
hermoso trabajo, un perfecto y lindo retrato...
saludos para tu esposa y buenos deseos de recuperación.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-16 3:07]

Dear Rick
I wish your wife a very speedy recovery!
This is a lovely posting for the lady who loves the underdog
I hope it makes her smile

hi rick!
god bless your wife and i hope
everything goes well!
the picture is real fine with
good quality and in a nice light!
A little beautiful animal!
well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-16 9:36]

Hi Rick,

I'm so sorry to hear that your wife is going thru a bad time - hope all is well soon.

This ground squirrel has the sweetest face! Lovely shot with a nice pose. Nice natural colors and fine details.


Hi Rick,
He is very beautyfull colors are super in this monochrome, it will help your wife.
Good look for your both.

Dear Rick
Very intersting shot of this Ground Squirrel,
Great focusing ,lighting and BG,
God bless you, both


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-17 0:36]

Hi Rick.
My heart wishes to your wife and you. Nice picture of this beautiful animal. Its pose and look are charming as well as the skillfulness of the execution of this picture. I like DOF and excellent details of the scene and animal. Best wishes and TFS.

Hi Rick
lovely image with very soft, beautifull light great compo and sharpness
All the best to your wife

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-17 5:14]

Hello Rick
First I want to say that I,m sorry to hear about your wife ad I hope that she will get well soon.
Very nice image .Good POV and nice details.You were able to match the BG color perfectly whit your main subject.Also nice details in the fur and catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel.
pts tomorrow

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-18 6:43]

Hi Rick,
my heartfelt hope to you that your wife makes a speedy and full recovery as soon as possible.
A fine shot to dedicate to her, i love the dark shadow given by the low lighting that serves to make this cute little fella stand out so clearly. Very well done.

I am so sorry to hear that Lucy is still struggling. I had hoped that the trip to Hyder meant that all was better. One cannot help but like those Richardson Ground Squirrels... those cute little hands, those innocent expressions as they beg for a peanut. On a recent hike we had laid down for a nap. I opened my eyes and there was a R.G.S. sitting not 10 inches from my nose. It was fun to watch him so close.

This is a nice sharp image, Rick. I hope it put a smile on Lucy's face. : )

Evelynn : )

Hello Rick,
I'm so sorry to read about your wife's problems, I sincerely wish you both strength and relief. This is a sweet and superb dedication to your lovely Lucy... Take care,

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