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Desert Tortoise

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 March 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The desert tortoise spotted by the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center.

Photo captured June 19, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 100 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle belle torture cette carapace sueprbe vue.
Belle journée

11 Mar 2015 6:03am

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing details. A fine shot of the desert tortoise. Beautiful shell. :)

11 Mar 2015 9:24am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice image Steve, glad to see panning wasn't a problem ;-)

11 Mar 2015 9:29am

Laurette from Lonehill - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture of this beautiful tortoise in its natural habitat. Just wonderful details and color combinations. The tortoise blends in beautifully with the environment !

11 Mar 2015 10:28am

Malaura from France

Bonjour Steven,
Un immense plaisir de retrouver ton univers photographique et tes superbes photos après une très longue absence sur les blogs. La tortue, symbole de force, de persévérance, de sagesse, puisse-t-elle m'en offrir un peu ! Bien amicalement et au plaisir de se retrouver - Malaura

11 Mar 2015 10:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely shot. He looks big. Is he?

11 Mar 2015 11:00am

@grouser: He was only about 18" long.

franz from Baden, Austria

an impressive animal in a very appealing image! i wonder what they do to keep cool inside their shell in the burning heat ?!?

11 Mar 2015 11:14am

@franz: They dig burrows under ground, which keeps them out of the heat. This photo was captured in the morning. They typically are out for a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night.

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Elle va de vive allure !....

11 Mar 2015 11:19am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

From the clear, sharp image I cannot tell if this is real, or a stone statue. ;D

11 Mar 2015 1:54pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

He appears up and moving during this fine shot. An interesting "find" to notice and shoot.

11 Mar 2015 2:59pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

He is one beautiful tortoise... I love these guys! I wonder if he is a young one... the clarity really shows the lovely colors & pattern in his shell! Such a great capture!

11 Mar 2015 5:04pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love how you have captured the indentations of the shell patterns.

11 Mar 2015 5:22pm

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

un pas après l'autre

11 Mar 2015 5:46pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Amazing how they adapt at completely different environments as the desert or the sea. Obviously no fins but nails. Beautiful image.

11 Mar 2015 8:35pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Despite your best processing efforts, it's still incredibly well camouflaged :-)

11 Mar 2015 8:38pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Great details , beautiful shot.

11 Mar 2015 8:47pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, nice photo, Steven. I haven't seen one of these since I was a kid.

11 Mar 2015 10:02pm

Roland Theys from Loverval, Belgium

A very nice photo!

11 Mar 2015 11:03pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It looks very determined.

11 Mar 2015 11:26pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Fabulous image of this beautiful "roadrunner" :))) The details of the carapace are fantastic ...

11 Mar 2015 11:30pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a handsome fellow! I love the colors and patterns on his shell. A fabulous image!

12 Mar 2015 12:59am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Nice portrait of this critter.

12 Mar 2015 1:32am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Those critters are so cool. Nice find.

12 Mar 2015 1:50am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

They always look old..even when they are young...and they like their loneliness!

12 Mar 2015 1:14pm