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That's Where That Hawk Went

Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

Artist's Description

I had no idea that I had this image until I started my RAW workflow.

This would explain why the marmot skedaddled away so quickly as I was trying to take his photo. Too bad the DOF is so shallow, but that is the look I was going for (well except for the OOF hawk).

Standard Marmot Boilerplate
Most marmots tend to behave in one of two ways when they see a person:

1. They whistle/hoot/squeak loudly, then bolt and run, and they do this funny little tail-helicopter thing while running. They also make this hooting noise as they run – at least it sounds like hooting (but honestly, in my head I hear Nya-aaa-aa, wooob-woob-woob-woob).
2. They stop and check you out. I don’t think they have binocular vision, so they tend to turn from side to side and eye-ball you with each eye. Sometimes they do some cute posing in the process.

Marmots are considered to be one of the few altruistic species on this planet – they selflessly keep themselves in danger to warn others of potential danger.

Marmots are an at risk species due to climate change. Because summers in the mountains are so brief, they try to eat and gain as much weight as possible for the long winter hibernation.

Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO
Sony a700
Sigma 3 /2.8+1.4TC
Giottos tripod, Jobu gimbal

ISO3200, 1/2500sec, f/2.8

Artwork Comments

  • Torfinn
  • Jay Ryser
  • A.M. Ruttle
  • Peter Denness
  • Twisted01
  • Deborah  Benoit
  • Tim Denny
  • Martin Smart
  • Marvin Collins
  • Themis
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