This is a donkey from Miranda do Douro. We can recognize him because of the white spots around the eyes and the long hair (that usually falls in summer, as we can se if we look at his back). We can find several donkeys of Miranda in the Complex of Salt Ponds from Samouco, situated on the southern bank of the Vasco da Gama Bridge, right opposite to Lisbon.
This was once an area where salt was largely collected. Now, this activity has practically disappeared in this area, but since the 90's of the 20th century, when the bridge was built, a Foundation has been created to keep a Nature Reserve here, where some salt ponds are still kept and the many birds species who come to find food in these wet lands are protected and studied. Several donkeys from Miranda can also be found here, like this one.
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mesutilgim (94008) 2014-07-12 15:18
Hello dear Lisa,
What an amazing portrait !!
Interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE entry.
TFS and have a nice weekend
lousat (89230) 2014-07-12 15:56
HI Ana,very nice and funny portrait! A beautiful face to face with this friendly donkey caught in an original way and great quality,it's nice to see something to different,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
mohammad_H (9896) 2014-07-12 16:58
It is four o'clock in the morning I watched the game on television in Brazil and the Netherlands, in this photo funny, terms of photographic technique, good quality
Two donkey ears on the sides of the frame, harmony, balance for the viewer
emka (94484) 2014-07-12 22:39
Ola Ana, How cute this animal is! I like donkeys very much. Funny close up. marvelous portrait of this donkey, excellent sharpness and very nice colours. I would like to stroke it. Well done.
Have a nice Sunday
COSTANTINO (63723) 2014-07-12 22:41
here we have a funny picture with an
amazing portrait taken from a close
point of view
what is this donkey thinking of?
beautiful face to face with this
have a nice Sunay
jemaflor (95389) 2014-07-12 23:33
Good portrait with this close up very impressive, well made, interesting composition with these ears in each corners, tfs.
holmertz (50782) 2014-07-13 0:28
A very nice portrait of this friendly donkey. I see that the barbed wire would stop it from becoming too friendly. The sharpness is perfect and the distortion of the lens has created quite funny proportions of the body.
CLODO (33860) 2014-07-13 0:39
the frame was almost too small to include the whole face of this donkey, each ear being in the upper corners of the picture.
have a good sunday
marabu61 (10717) 2014-07-13 3:04
Hihi, what a start in today's day. Funny and charming portrait of this cute chap. Love his hair style and the big ears. The colors are great too.
have a great sunday
macjake (66642) 2014-07-13 4:09
What An Ass!
haha...couldn't help myself with this one! :)
Well, for very obvious reasons this guy cathes my attention immediately from the small thumbnail gallery. How could he not!
love the way he fills out the frame and makes such a strong presence.
well taken pic!
izmirli (3989) 2014-07-13 4:35
Noel_Byrne (30143) 2014-07-13 6:00
This is a fantastic image of this very cure animal, and he looks to be in such fine health. You really have chosen the best possible compositor to make this picture really attractive and really one that could make the grumpiest person smile. A beautiful background too showing the animal perfectly in the context of the land you describe so well.
Thanks as always.
Fis2 (95521) 2014-07-13 6:30
I like frame and colors.
dekanski (5028) 2014-07-13 10:08
Some curious donkey! Great!
abmdsudi (52449) 2014-07-13 11:03
A fine shot and your narrative is so helpful in understanding what it's all about. it's so cute and photogenic fella in the wild who also enjoyed this shot i am sure! Great that you managed to grab him so close and is about as good as you could ask for. This is lovely full of good colours and clarity is spot on. You did a great work there and tfs, Congrats.
imageme (1790) 2014-07-13 16:52
Hi Ana, Wow, this lovely donkey is too close to your wide angle lenses.....but it makes a funny effect on the face of this donkey. Amazing details and colors with good tones. Thank for sharing
PiotrF (16688) 2014-07-15 15:31
very funny portrait,beautiful face to face with this donkey.
ikeharel (69245) 2014-07-16 8:29
Close encounter with a donkey, nice close-up photo, Ana.
Donkeies are not so dumb animal as many think about - evidently a specie from ancient times till today's.
mcmtanyel (21382) 2014-07-16 20:58
A very clever composition with a face only a mother could love. Cute and creative, bravo.
Cricri (117347) 2014-07-17 22:43
Super la prise en gros plan, cela donne une drôle d'impression, j'aime beaucoup, c'est un très beau portrait :-), top dans les couleurs et la lumière
wolf38 (31296) 2014-07-20 22:39
Hello Ana. The shot with the wide angle lens donkey is a looker. For me it is a picture to make you smile. Very nice.
serp2000 (43594) 2014-07-21 4:52
I think you can mark this photo by Humorous category too.
Excellent and funny portrait, I like this tight frame, gorgeous colors and perfect sharpness. It's makes me smile! Thanks!
Best wishes from cool Ural,
jcpix (13908) 2014-07-21 19:14
Well, nice to meet you Mr. Donkey...nothing like getting up close and personal, yeah? :) This is a fun shot, one which immediately captivates the viewer for the personal touch of being so close with nature. There's also a nice bit of amusement too with the elongated head and wide spread eyes, this old fella' almost looks like a caricature . lol Sharp and well taken, this offers plenty of great detail. Enjoy the new day. All the best.
fritzi007 (10411) 2014-08-01 15:46
very good presentation and information, congratulations!
ChrisJ (111674) 2014-08-04 2:11
Hello dear Lisa,
I like the extreme close up view and how you've composed this with the ears emanating from the top left and right corners. Good sharpness and nice warm cold colour contrasts between the blue sky and the reddish brown coat of the donkey. Tfs!