Komodo Dragon by onewing

Komodo Dragon

Today we have been out with our photo club to the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby. Had a great day and although it was a bit on the chilly side, the sun shone all day and it only started to rain as we were almost home.

This picture is of a komodo dragon (I think)! help me out here Annie @annied I am sure you will tell me if I am wrong.

I was told what her name was too by her keeper and of course, I have forgotten now. Can you help me out with her name too Annie. I am sure you have met her on more than one occasion.

You can put my memory loss down to not enough cups of tea today. I am slowly catching up with cuppa's tonight though, so the memory should come back again pretty soon, once I have got over the withdrawal symptoms.

Today's topics photo - Morpeth
http://365project.org/onewing/topics/2014-07-13
Lovely texture here.
July 13th, 2014  
Great capture, good details.
July 13th, 2014  
What fabulous focus on that eye, he is looking right at me. I do believe it is a komodo dragon too. Fav
July 13th, 2014  
Fantastic detail, love the focus and clarity of the eye.
July 13th, 2014  
Wow Babs what a fabulous close up. great textures and details. Fav
July 13th, 2014  
I have never been there is it worth a visit. Also I am coming up to Newcastle on Wednesday and it the others coming with allow I thought about seeing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, is it in the Art Gallery.
July 13th, 2014  
Great capture. Yes, it has that Mona Lisa perspective in that wherever you move, it is still looking at you - have been swaying around my computer screen - trust me!
July 13th, 2014  
fantastic shot FAV:)
July 13th, 2014  
@elaine55 Yes the Australian Reptile Park is well worth a visit. We had a great day. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is at the Newcastle Regional Library which is next door to the Art Gallery on Laman Street. It is in the Lovett Gallery in the library which is on the second floor I think. Just googled it http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/services/newcastle_library/exhibitions
July 13th, 2014  
This is a brilliant image of the Komodo Dragon Babs - I am not sure of her name but will find out if I can - I love them - such cool reptiles - I am wondering where they will keep it when it is fully grown
July 13th, 2014  
Instant fav for an amazing shot!
July 13th, 2014  
Wow this is fabulous love the detail fav
July 13th, 2014  
Thanks very much Babs
July 13th, 2014  
@annied Um it's not fully grown? Crikey!!
July 13th, 2014  
@elaine55 Sorry, I forgot to say thanks for the fav and lovely comment too Elaine. Have a great time in Newcastle and let me know what you think of the exhibition. I thought last years was better and also I thought some of the commended's were better than the winners too.
July 13th, 2014  
So much texture on this "dragon"! Wonderful :)
July 13th, 2014  
@onewing You can never tell with judging we thought the same in the Exhibition my friend and I were in which finished today. There were so many amazing photos so I suppose it was hard to choose, 3 judges judged the competition.
July 13th, 2014  
Kat
Fabulous shot. Fav. :)
July 13th, 2014  
And what a learned looking fellow he is!
July 13th, 2014  
Great profile shot Babs
July 13th, 2014  
@gigiflower hahaha no - I think around 18months old - and can grow to 3m and weigh 90 kilos - largest lizard in the world
July 13th, 2014  
was he in the talk today Babs?
July 13th, 2014  
a great shoot, fav for me. Are they friendly?
July 13th, 2014  
Lee
Good photograph, very close detailed shot. These lizards are venomous I believe, and it looks like it has an eye on you.
July 13th, 2014  
Amazing capture on this most certainly Komodo Dragon! I love these guys! Your clarity is amazing!
Now the Australian Reptile Park hey? I love that place! I cant count how many times I have been there, last time I went was last year! It's only a short drive from where I live so we go there often! I remember last time I went with my best friend a couple of keepers asked us if we could mind some Tasmanian devil pups while they quickly went and did something somewhere else. It was amazing! They were so on leashes and were like playful puppies! The whole time we were talking about how we could take them home without raising suspicion! :)
July 13th, 2014  
FANtastic capture Babs. Wonderful detail, textures, and colors. Just excellent. FAV
July 13th, 2014  
Brilliantly sharp capture, with a good focus on the eye. Saw these in the wild in Indonesia - quite amazing.
July 13th, 2014  
Wonderful capture with such sharp details, got the lighting and composition spot on, great shot Babs;)
July 13th, 2014  
Outstanding detail and shot, love it...Fav
July 13th, 2014  
Fabulous capture!!
July 13th, 2014  
Looks a bit livelier than the Reptiles we saw at a Reptile Park here..
July 13th, 2014  
You can almost feel the texture here Babs......warm or cool, rough or smooth....have no idea but great detail!
July 13th, 2014  
Super capture, love the texture and the eye watching every move :-)
July 13th, 2014  
Wonderfil portrait shot...you can see the detail very well.
July 13th, 2014  
yucky!!! but awesome shot!!!
July 14th, 2014  
@annied Yes Annie she was included in the talk today. Ranger Mick was giving the talk, he is a character isn't he.
July 14th, 2014  
Super detail and clarity. Love the eye. If I recall these aren't friendly dragons. Fav
July 14th, 2014  
@onewing hahaha I love him - I might pop up there tomorrow with Em - I know the male is Kraken but not the girls name.
July 14th, 2014  
Super shot Babs --so much detail -- especially the scales and eye . Nice to be back -- but not in full swing yet esp. with my commenting - but have had pleasure in viewing all your photos !
July 14th, 2014  
Oops !! told you I was not in full swing yet !!-- meant to Fav this beauty !
July 14th, 2014  
I think I saw once where a Komodo dragon in a zoo bit the leg of Sharon Stone's (actress) boyfriend. Ouch! They are pretty aggressive I think. This is an amazing shot!
July 14th, 2014  
brilliant focus!
July 14th, 2014  
Wow, what fantastic detail, great shot! He is, dare I say.....beautiful?
July 14th, 2014  
excellent. so sharp and clear
July 14th, 2014  
Whoa! bigger than life! excellent detail
July 14th, 2014  
Fabulous close up shot Babs
July 14th, 2014  
How close were you? Fabulous shot Babs.
July 14th, 2014  
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Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and favs. She really is a beauty. I hadn't noticed until Ethel mentioned it, but her eye does follow you round the screen.
Thanks Jane. I was standing right next to her, her keeper was holding her and then out her down on the ground and attached a lead to the harness she was wearing. A bit different to walking your dog eh. She was very comfortable with people all around her though and was very well behaved.
Thanks so much for putting this picture on the Popular Page.
July 14th, 2014  
Oooh! Very big and rather unpleasant or so I am led to believe.
July 14th, 2014  
Wow what a handsome chap, super detail and focus Babs, fav.
July 14th, 2014  
or even a handsome chapess!!!
July 14th, 2014  
What a fabulous capture, Babs. Great focus and wonderful detail.
July 14th, 2014  
wow i agree fabulous
July 14th, 2014  
Yes congrata on the PP Babs. Well deserved with this shot.
July 14th, 2014  
Wow, magnificent detail!
July 15th, 2014  
Gorgeous shot, so sharp and detailed. Fav
July 15th, 2014  
@creampuff @paulaw @kwiksilver @pittcj17 @macromover @april16 @golftragic Thanks so much for your comments and favs. I was really lucky with this photo as the handler had just picked up this lady. quite an achievement as she is huge and her claws could cause quite some damage. There were lots of kids around as it was the last day of school holidays, so to get a photo without kids in the picture wasn't easy.
July 15th, 2014  
wow, love the close look. Brave you!
July 15th, 2014  
Em found out today the girl is Daenerys after the Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones
July 22nd, 2014  
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