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Portrait of the Grass Snake


Portrait of the Grass Snake
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Direitos de Autor: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6777 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2010-04-29
Categorias: Reptiles
Câmara: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposição: f/11, 1/500 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
Tema(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2010-05-25 11:22
Visto: 4500
Pontos: 72
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Natrix natrix (Grass Snake) [in Turk. Yarı Sucul Yılan, Küpeli Yılan] (Old Female)

Today another two posts from two different POV –lateral & top - of the Grass Snake showing its head scalation and colouration details, and especially its sticked out bifurcated tongue.:) [please see attached WS too:) to see the amazing tongue from relatively top POV] since it is really very vital organ for snakes and also some lizards.

TFL & Cheers,


©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.

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Please see my first post of this harmless and funny beauty to read more about it. Here I would like to give more detailed info on the olfactory sense of reptiles.

Jacobson’s organ, a second kind of olfactory chamber, is well developed in snakes and some lizards.

For many vertebrates, vision is the most vital of all the senses, followed generally by hearing. In most reptiles, however, chemical sensitivity is as vital as vision, or more so. As in other vertebrates, olfaction is mediated by the paired nasal organs, which open to the exterior through the nostrils. Olfactory receptors are located in these nasal passages, where a stream of air flows over them during ventilation of the lungs or during pumping movements of the throat, which may have a “sniffing” function. Olfactory receptors are generally more varied than other receptors, and many are highly specific for chemical stimuli.

In more advanced lizards -such as those in the family Varanidae (Monitor Lizards)- and snakes, however, additional mediators of chemical sensitivity are the paired vomeronasal (Jacobson’s) organs, a second kind of olfactory chamber called as “the vomeronasal or Jacobson’s organ”, is a pair of blind-ended cavities opening into the oral cavity, which are at the anterior extremity of the roof of the mouth, close to the nasal organs. In Varanids, this is associated with this characteristic is a shift in the morphology and deployment of the tongue, which is used mainly to pick up nonvolatile molecules and to convey them to the vomeronasal organs. There is an associated shift from insectivory to carnivory. In snakes, which may be derived from a varanid-like ancestor, these shifts have been carried to an even greater extreme.

In general, the nasal organs are sensitive to airborne or volatile chemicals, whereas the vomeronasal (Jacobson’s) organs are sensitive to substrate-borne or nonvolatile chemicals. Jacobson’s organs are lacking in crocodilians and are poorly developed in many other reptiles.

References:
1. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008].
2. Grzimek, B., (2003). Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, Second Edition Volume 7 Reptiles Schlager Group Inc. 571 pp.

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Ciao amico Bayram, fantastic portrait of wonderful snake, lovely blurry Bg, beautiful natural colors, superb sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hello Bayram,
Excellent portrait taken from a good POV with great details, natural colors, beautiful BG and composition.Well done!
Regards,
Mircea

Merhaba Bayram,

Nefis bir portre olmuş bu da. Eline sağlık. Netlik, kadraja yerleşim, herşey yerli yerinde. Bu arada sanırım bu dilini çıkarınca hava tahmini de yapabiliyor, eline geçirmişken sorsaydın haftasonu Bursa nasıl diye :) Ben şimdi baktım da yağmur filan görünmüyor ve hava 31 derece olacakmış c.tesi ve pazar. Anlaşılan şimdilik lastik filan patlamadı, programda değişiklik yok :)

Selam ve sevgiler.
Fevzi

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-25 11:42]

Hello MF Bayram,
That is a beautiful portrait. Excellent detail and colors. The composition and framing are just perfect. This one goes in the WOW! catagory. Superb Shot! and superb notes.
Best regards Siggi

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-25 11:42]

Hi MF Bayram
This is indeed a great shot of the Natrix natrix!
Details and colors are amazing!
Perfect all the details! I like this wonderful shot!
Horia

Bayram hocam iyi akşamlar tekrar. Çatal dilli lafına ":)" işareti yapmışsınız. Her iki kare de notlar da her zamnkinden olmuş.
Emeğinize sağlık hocam. İyi geceler.
Aydın'dan selamlar.
Bahadır

Dear Friend,
Great portrait of this pretty lady with so nice details and curious glance. We can see also very well the size of the mouth (with her big "smile"). Iyi geceler,
Cathy

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-05-25 11:56]

Mükemmel olmuş dostum emeklerine sağlık. Yakınlarına kadar sokulmuşsun, detaylar ve pozlaman olağanüstü. Hele dilin görüntüsü harika, tebrikler..
Selamlar saygılar,
Bedri..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2010-05-25 11:58]

Hello Bayram,
A beautiful close-up of this Grass Snake. Good focus on the round and 'kind' eye! Interesting and very sharp details of its skin too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-25 12:06]
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Merhaba,

Mükemmel bir çalışma sergilemişsiniz tebrik ederim.. 105mm ile bu kadar yakından nasıl alabildiniz merak ettim vallahi :) Tebrikler selamlar. .

hello Bayram

great portrait shot of this snake superbly focused with great
sharpness and details, great expression at his glance,
the one of the WS it is also a great photo, TFS

Asbed

Bayram Hocam tek kelime ile harika olmuş. Yıllardır belgesel kapakları ve fragmanlarında gördüğümüz karelerden olmuş. Emeklerinize sağlık. Selamlar.

I'm nearly speachless, Bayram, wow, this is close - and such a spectacular moment, it's realy special for me, you know, I don't often see snakes. The details in this sharp shot are so beautiful, thanks, very well done.
Greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Bayram
super macro shot with great deatils and good sharpness
very nice pose with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-25 13:35]
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Kitaplara kapak olacak kadar güzel ve etkileyici,renkler,netlik ve çekim açısı ayrıca harika.Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,
Dûrzan

Hola Bayram,

después del gran trabajo que nos presentaste ayer ( del cual no hice comentarios en forma de reivindicación solidaria je je ) el listón estaba muy alto para poder superarte... pero de nuevo nos has vuelto a sorprender con un gran trabajo; las características evidentemente son diferentes en forma y tema, pero igualmente sobresaliente.

Encuadre: muy bien resuelto a pesar de la diagonal en primer plano difícil para la composición: 9.

Luz: rozando la perfección, con espacios entre escamas muy bien resueltos: 9,5.

Profundidad: casi total, exceptuando algo la parte baja, pero más que aceptable dada la corta distancia a la que fotografiaste: 8.

Nitidez: dada la buena iluminación captura del color, es realmente sorprendente: 9,25.

Fondo: homogéneo e idóneo para el contraste con el motivo principal: 8,5.

Textutas y volúmenes muy bien captados: 9.

Realismo: muy conseguido: 9,5.

Dinamismo: la lengua lo proporciona a pesar de haber pocas referencias en el conjunto: 9,5.


En resumen, una fotografía fantástica !!!


Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-25 19:36]

Hello Bayram,
An outstanding portrait indeed here Bayram, with amazing details of the snakes eye and skin. Splendid work my friend, thank you.
Rick

What a great capture of the tongue, Bayram. I have more to say, but it's on the tip of my tongue! (a saying here in the U.S.)

Gümnaydın Bayram hocam. Muhteşem ötesi bir makro hocam. WS deki çatallı dil bıyık gibi durmuş:)
Emeğinize sağlık hocam. Saygılarımla.
özgür

hi
a very nice portrait for this old Natrix. very well done, good light and details.
compliments

greetings
Matteo

Impressive close up, great dept of field and composition, Bayram! Bravo !
Regards,
George Veltchev

Dayi gunaydin. Sabah sabah sayende cok guzel uyandim.
Harika fotolar gercekten. WSdeki bence daha etkili.
Emegine saglik. Selamlar.
Mel

Hi Bayram

Another excellent portrait of this grass snake. Stunning sharpness, great pose with the tongue out. Good composition.

Chris

Que dire d'une photo pareille sinon qu'elle est parfaite. Merci. Rudy

Hellow Bayram,
Another great close up captured of this grass snake.You have caught the outstretched tongue iin a good position as it senses its way around.Good natural details and unique patterns on the snake.
erwin...

Hello Bayram,

Ha!ha! C'est un portrait enchanteur et piquant,
Grands détails et couleurs très attractives, avec une BG qui donne beaucoup d'éclats à ce reptile.
Magnifique.
A bientôt sur TL!!! bonne journée
Yolande

Hello Bayram,
excellent portrait, beautifull light and color, very sharp details, great BG, composition and framing are perfect, well done MF.
TFS, regards,
Nikos.

Yakınlığın bu derecesi mükemmel bir mutluluk veriyor.
En güzel dileklerimle,
Hoşcakalın.

Ciao BBB. Fantastic portrait with impressive details and beautiful tones contrast. Fabolouse compo.

Roberto

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2010-05-26 6:32]

Merhaba Bayram dostum!
A superb close portrait of Natrix natrix, a form with brown colouration that does not exist in N. Europe.
The timing to show the bifurcated tongue is great and the whole taken with superb sharpness and colours against a fine neutral green Bg.
The composition and infornmative note are excellent too.
Thanks and all the best MF,
Ivan

Bayram :
Encore bravo pour ce gros plan splendide
Merci amitiés
Laurent

hayranim cesaretine..bu kadar dibine girip cekmek gercekten cesaret.. cok guzel omus canim kardesim. Iyi yolculuklar..
Leyla.

Hello Bayram,
Wonderful portrait with exceptional details and superb colours.
Outstanding background. Fantastic capture with perfect focus.
Marius.

Time is chasing but …..
this is absolutely marvellous – Such a pleasure to look at such delicate detail and brilliance. A superb macro, a great portrait.
Regards

Hi little bro,

This is an awesome picte.
Well done, exellent.

Gert

Süper ötesi bir portre olmuş Bayram hocam.
Emeklerinize sağlık.
Nazım

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