A Very Merry Christmas to All on TrekEarth!
I am sorry that I couldn't find a photograph of Rudolph with his red nose, nor could I find a picture of a reindeer, but this is a Red Deer Stag taken during the rutting season in Scotland in October.
Apparently the 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (also known as "The Night Before Christmas" or "'Twas the Night Before Christmas") is largely credited for the contemporary Christmas lore that includes the eight flying reindeer and their names. The relevant part of the poem reads:
"When, what to to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
"More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen!
"On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!"
But the story which included Rudolph, a reindeer with a red glowing nose, was originally written in verse by Robert L. May for the Montgomery Ward chain of American department stores in 1939 and published as a book to be given to children in the store at Christmas time.
But could Rudolph in fact have been a reindeer? The depictions of Rudolph in picture books and cartoon films do not make him look particularly like a reindeer. And I am also led to believe that male Scandinavian reindeers lose their antlers in early December so, if Rudolph was indeed a reindeer, he would have to have been a female as they lose their antlers much later in summertime.
Oh, well, it's a nice story anyway!
A Very Happy Christmas to All!
P.S. I've posted a full-size image of this deer as a workshop.
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Romano46 (18466) 2013-12-24 11:06
tanto auguri anche a te di un felice Natale.
Lo hai fatto con una splendida fotografia, diversa dale solite luminarie, ma molto più vicina alla natura che ti circonda.
Splendida sia la composizione che la nitidezza che permette di ammirare ogni più minuto dettaglio dell'animale.
Mi chiedo cosa saresti capace di fare se avessi la ventura di incontrare Babbo Natale con le sue renne.
Di nuovo tanto auguri
mesutilgim (86006) 2013-12-24 12:09
What an amazing portrait of this majestic animal !
TFS and Merry Christmas !
mikebottomley (449) 2013-12-24 13:57
G'Day, John, What a fantastic photo to wake up with, on Christmas morn, and love the note that you wrote, although I think the bit about Rudolph a bit disturbing, what can I say but "O-Deer"...
Wishing Yourself, and the Family, a very Merry Christmas, All the best Regards,
Mike n Gail.
carlo62 (34380) 2013-12-24 14:52
non ha importanza se non hai trovato una renna, come non ha importanze se le renne fossero maschi o femmine, l'importante è creare una favola tanto bella che ha fatto il giro del mondo e che rende tutti più felici, in particolare i bambini.
La tua foto ci mostra qualcosa di bello e reale e il tuo augurio è altrettanto bello.
Buon Natale anche a te e ai tuoi familiari
jcpix (13704) 2013-12-24 17:41
It's all in personal interpretation John...as far as I'm concerned, this is Rudolph...red nose or not! :) What a beauty of a shot, this feels quite intimate with the close up, and the detail is extraordinary. Big compliments for marking the holiday with an original image relating to Christmas and the fabled reindeer.
With one last look at TE this Xmas Eve I wish you the very best and merry holiday season. Here's to many more of your outstanding photos in the upcoming year!
All my warm and friendliest wishes,
jjcordier (76916) 2013-12-24 22:47
Une photo de très belle qualité de cette superbe bête, bien de circonstance!
SnapRJW (31613) 2013-12-24 22:52
Merry Christmas John and loved ones!
Your Rudolf works for me, he looks bright eyed and ready for the sleigh pulling!
Love the poem and I'd love to know why the poet chose the names especially Dunder and Blixem .... maybe for the rhyme. Apparently in the original 1823 text of the poem, these names were spelled “Dunder and Blixem,” from the Dutch for “thunder” and “lightning.” And here in Southern Africa the Afrikaans word bliksem is slang for punch or hit. 'I'm going to bliksem you'. Or less politely meaning something in the line of '****hole'. 'The bliksem stole my watch'
And now on that note I shall take my leave.
Nicou (124129) 2013-12-25 1:00
fantastique iamge de ce cerf sueprbe quel rendu sur le bois, les cornes sueprbe et le pelage mouillé un bien bel animal splendide.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (140585) 2013-12-25 3:50
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
I have with a lot attention looked to these picture.
When I saw your second picture was I very reassured.
Your picture with cropping of the antlers, is not immediate my thing.
Colours and presentation be superb.
Excellent composition, perfect captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Glint (6167) 2013-12-25 7:08
beautifully photographed with great sharpness and excellent dof. Nicely composed too with one branch of his antlers at a nice diagonal through the top left corner.
marabu61 (8679) 2013-12-26 0:54
As you say, not really the right kind of deer for being Dasher of Vixen but still a great wildlife shot with the stag beautifully portrayed in its natural habitat. Great eye contact let us interact with the stag.
Merry christmas and a happy new year to you and your loved ones.
Silvio1953 (124525) 2013-12-26 1:13
Ciao John, a belated Merry Christmas to you too, great portrait of superb creatuire, excellent sharpness, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (25222) 2013-12-26 6:00
Wow again :) I realize that may seem repetitive from me again, but your captures of birds and these deer are really incredible to me. I have never been able to get close enough to one of these majestic animals to even dream of a shot like this, so I am mightily impressed. Every detail of his being is crystal clear and pin sharp, from the wet coat to the amazing textures of the antlers. His eye also has such soul in it. A really magnificent animal and capture John, thanks as always for sharing.
Seasons greetings to you and yours!
macjake (57362) 2013-12-26 16:52
wow, this is incredibly sharp especially at the focal length of 220mm! really impressed my friend.
I know i've mentioned it before, but the wet fur really helps with the overall look too.
Hope you don't mind, but i have an idea to share with you that will help with the blacks. I have noticed even in my car photos with the Chrome, that there's often a blue tinge...
Look at the nose, look at the antlers...there's a blue tinge in the blacks...if you can, go into your photoshop program (photoshop elements 9 for me) and reduce the 'blue'. then you'll see all the blacks turn blacker and darker. maybe that may help?
I guess I just see alot of BLUE'S in the the deer, you?
Merry Christmas my friend! Happy Holidays to you and all of your Family
saxo042 (37588) 2013-12-27 8:13
A very sharp and fine picture of this beautiful animal. I enjoy this composition with one diagonal along one antler, through the eye and along the nose. Another crossing diagonal along the other antler, also through the eye and down along the legs. These crossing lines are even more obvious in the WS.
Happy New Year
annjackman (20091) 2013-12-30 6:29
Excellent wildlife photography again from you. I do however like even more the WS which gives the whole animal in its environment. Very sharp with natural colouring - you particularly got the eye very bright and sharp. The stag stands out well against the nicely blurred BG.
Happy New Year
ourania (32763) 2014-02-02 9:55
this is a marvellous picture of the red stag, so close, intimate and interesting. I like the full-size picture in the workshop too, the antlers look much more impressive there, but the impact of the closer portrait is much stronger, in my opinion. I love the sense of depth and the absolutely natural textures and colours. The framing is superb, adjusted to the features and posture of the lovely animal. The glint in his eye and the highlights on his fur and antlers are very well rendered too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20778)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-06
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-24 10:57