These are Bactrian Camels. I took this shot in Nubra Valley, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. These camels are domesticated and take tourists on a ride to the sand dunes of high altitude desert. We saw a few wild camels roaming in the dunes as well.
Bactrian camels are two humped camels and are the rarest among the 2 camel species. The domesticated Bactrian camel has served as a pack animal in inner Asia since ancient times. With its tolerance for cold, drought, and high altitudes, it enabled travel such as the caravans of the Silk Route (an ancient trade route passing from China to Central Asia). Bactrian camels are exceptionally adept at withstanding wide variations in temperature – ranging from freezing cold to blistering heat. They have a remarkable ability to go without water for months at a time, but when water is available they may drink up to 60 liters at once. When well fed, the humps are plump and erect, but as resources decline the humps shrink and lean to the side.
Sadly the wild form has dwindled to a population estimated at 800 in October 2009 and has been classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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timecapturer (41708) 2013-12-28 3:40
your title did make me smile. Camels are fascinating creatures and not one of the most attractive and endearing of species. This one must struggle to chew his food! A beautifully detailed and expressive capture though.
Have a good last weekend of 2013 - B.
subhendu_bagchi (24343) 2013-12-28 6:03
wow, funny composition. The dentist would be lucky... ;)
a nice image which was captured with a nice POV. Good depth and sharpness. Excellent moment. Tfs.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-28 6:35
Nice title. The poor fellow does not brush in the morning.
Very well taken shot with wonderful details. Very compact. Normally, Bactrian Camels are always shot with twin humps. I appreciate that you resisted yourself from including that feature in the frame and emphasized on something else.
Very well done.
holmertz (34533) 2013-12-28 7:04
A funny and nice portrait of this camel with possibly aching teeth. I have not seen many of these two humped camels, which are indigenous to northern and central parts of Asia, but I like their thick fur that protects them from the cold.
Nicou (111230) 2013-12-28 7:15
quelle compo et iamge sueprbe la bouche grande ouverte et ces dents usées par le temps il parle géniale captage et vue.
Bravo et amitié
Cricri (96885) 2013-12-28 8:51
Ah que de laides dents il a :-) vous avez capturer le bon moment et la prise en gros plan est superbe, très belle réalisation
Silvio1953 (110966) 2013-12-28 10:16
Ciao Subho, fun portrait, really this camel needs a dentist, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Miguel82 (17293) 2013-12-28 10:58
You know I visited Nubra valley, Diskit and Hunder some years back and I never saw any bactrian camel Subho, a superb view of these so resistant animals of cold desert, funny title, the way they are tied up is very respectful, not bothering their noses, a brillant picture, all the best and good luck for the new year coming soon
Fis2 (79742) 2013-12-28 12:57
Interesting portrait ;)
Excellent frame and depth.
lousat (68469) 2013-12-28 14:47
Hi Subho,a very funny idea this title,in effect the camel need a visit and maybe some work too in its mouth...ehehe...beautiful perspective with the other camels in the blurred background,fine details and perfect exposure,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
mcmtanyel (8147) 2013-12-28 15:49
The teeth notwithstanding, this is a very cute animal. Its hair looks very soft, is it? Good use of selective focusing,
abmdsudi (36276) 2013-12-28 22:21
What a tamed friendly chappy we 've got here in his thick woolly booly coat and his typical behaviour - ship of the desert who can survive in the harshest of climates! but looks like you were so close enough to get a whiff. It's a fine looking beast and big teeth he has there. The compo is effective in natural colours, good detail and expression and bit of catch light in the eye is real great. A good quirky portrait with excellent treatment you have given this!
jhm (131736) 2013-12-29 2:52
This very clear these Camel has troubles with his teeth, the most teeth are disappear
High quality picture with original colours.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
I wish you a healthy 2014,
Noel_Byrne (17121) 2013-12-29 4:41
Domesticated Bactrian camels? Wow, I imagine that is a rare sight! Its a beautiful portrait of these fine creatures, albeit in need of a toothbrush :) Perfect control over depth of field, and perfect timing to capture the one in foreground with his mouth open like this, roaring I imagine. Their coats look very fine, so I am guessing these are very well kept, especially so if they are used for tourism. The pink band on the one in the middle is very striking. Very nicely done!
pajaran (45442) 2013-12-29 11:22
Interesantan i dobar tekst o kamili ...
Dobar snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana glava kamile i trenutak.
An interesting and good article on the camel ...
Good footage and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice head shown camels and moment.
All the best.
nikkitta (11110) 2013-12-29 12:31
Funny and apropiated title, may be the poor animal is sufereing or need a good cleaner dentist, anyway like the way he watchs you with his brilliant eye
I like camels (see my photo profile), and you note is quite sad and truly, same happens in Mongolia, a close country till gold , coal and some petrol began to be exploited, civilization kills local customs as weel and animals
Enjoy last Sunday of 2013
dekanski (1719) 2013-12-30 5:34
You've really made me laugh! Based on the title I did not expect ....!
fabbs99 (14375) 2013-12-30 20:55
Happy New Year ! He really needs to visit a dentist for RTC. Good close up of the camel.Very well captured with good lighting.Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
mirosu (10942) 2013-12-31 0:55
Beautiful Camel photo. Smart tight crop (close-up) choice to accentuate the Camel with splendid sharpness, nice colors, excellent light and very good POV choice. Excellent result.
Waylim (24482) 2014-01-20 18:30
OMG, this is just way too close for comfort, I can smell the bad breath. Thank goodness, he does need to see a dentist soon. A very good quality photo with sense of humor or not :)