Harry the Hippo

No need to comment...filling in a gap from earlier this month.
From the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida - this hippo started his life there as a baby and could not survive in the wild. He's now in his 50s and will soon have his annual birthday party in January. Hard to believe these are among the most dangerous animals on earth!
how adorable! looks very young - he should be happy with your flattering processing!

posted December 31st, 2017  
Wonderful details in this. He is cute, too.
posted December 31st, 2017  
Fabulous detail here Taffy - top shot!! Love your processing too!! Happy new Year to you and Jim. I hope it brings lots of happiness and good health!! Fav!
posted December 31st, 2017  
Superb detail and great background texture.
posted December 31st, 2017  
Just love him !! such a cute brute ! Super textures around his nose and mouth , the light glistening on his skin ! and a superb tonal hues in the background ! A big fav ,and a Happy and Healthy to you and Jim ! :)
posted December 31st, 2017  
Awesome picture.
posted December 31st, 2017  
Love this shot!
posted December 31st, 2017  
Wonderful shot.
posted December 31st, 2017  
Outstanding image
posted December 31st, 2017  
Beautifully captured, love the clarity :)
posted December 31st, 2017  
FAVtastic :)
posted December 31st, 2017  
Fantastic hippo portrait! You were so close yet so far away from me.
posted December 31st, 2017  
Wow! Up close and personal!!
posted December 31st, 2017  
That's an amazing close up, faved! At first, I thought you must have used a super duper zoom lens, but now I see that your focal length is 250mm. Did you crop quite a bit?
posted December 31st, 2017  
good one fav
posted December 31st, 2017  
@elkereturns I didn't crop it too much as we weren't standing that far away from him. He had an enclosure with a lake in front of it, and we were just at the edge of the lake on the far side. In the wild I'm guessing I'd need to use a 600mm and stay FAR FAR away!!
Thanks for the kind comment!
posted December 31st, 2017  
So adorable... I never thought I would say that about a hippo!
posted December 31st, 2017  
Wow...Great close up...such a cool face :)
posted January 1st, 2018  
I love his expression!
posted January 1st, 2018  
Love where you put your focus and the textures help him pop out of the “page”
posted January 1st, 2018  
love this fav..Wishing you a Very Happy and Blessed New Years!!!
posted January 1st, 2018  
Great shot!
posted January 1st, 2018  
Incredible close up and detail. Wishing you Happy New Year :-)
posted January 1st, 2018  
@gozoinklings In this image, he does look young -- when his mouth was open and we could see his teeth, it was easy to tell just how old he must be. Happy New Year to you!
posted January 1st, 2018  
Very cool
posted January 1st, 2018  
Fav.
posted January 1st, 2018  
Isn't he the handsome beast...
posted January 1st, 2018  
What can I say? Awesome. :)
Happy New Year!
posted January 1st, 2018  
Great capture of this beautiful animal
posted January 1st, 2018  
Great detail. Expression on harry is darling
posted January 1st, 2018  
Nice closeup, good detail; Happy New Year
posted January 1st, 2018  
Great shot. I like your pov and edit.
posted January 1st, 2018  
Now those are deep pores.
posted January 1st, 2018  
Great capture
posted January 1st, 2018  
Love Harry, your focus and your processing! Fav.
posted January 1st, 2018  
Love the focus and the stubble:)
posted January 2nd, 2018  
What a face - so much character - who couldn't love him! A stunning image!
posted January 2nd, 2018  
Brilliant Hippo shot!!! Absolutely love this wonderful face!
posted January 2nd, 2018  
AC
Love it!
posted January 3rd, 2018  
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