Lives in Australia Canberra, Australia
Works as a Geochemist
Joined on Feb 2, 2014


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On photo Snails_K3-5518 in the Brief Encounter (Nature) challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, Sharik0192, on placing third in this challenge. Even though these snails fall into the Gastropod family and are not arthropods, (insects etc) I allowed the entry to remain in the challenge because it met the criteria in every other way. It's a great capture of two snails meeting and greeting. Had you continued to watch them, perhaps you would have seen their interesting twisting and spiralling mating routine.
RuthC :-)

Hi Ruth,
Thanks for your kind comment. I realized only later, when the challenge was already in the voting stage, that they are not arthopods and thus do not fit the topic precisely. Sorry about that. I thought about withdrawing it but was not sure whether this would be fair to the viewers who already voted on the challenge, so I left the decision to the host (you).
I watched this pair of snails for a few minutes, and got some 20 shots as their relative positions were changing, and as they were interacting and apparently communicating, not mating though. It was surprising how fast they move.
The most interesting views of snails I've seen is against direct sunlight. Snails are translucent, and back illumination reveals their internal structure. BTW have you considered challenge topics such as "translucent animals" or "backlit animals"? :) They can attract many beautiful and rare photos.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 22:11 UTC
On photo Australian Kangaroos in the ID Animals challenge (1 comment in total)

Are you sure these are Red Kangaroos? They look like Eastern Grey Kangaroos to me. At least about two greyish ones with faces turned to the photographer I'm sure. The faces of red kangaroos look totally different. Besides, Mt Macedon, in the vicinity of Melbourne, where this photo is taken, is in the part of the continent inhabited by eastern grey kangaroos, not red kangaroos (the latter are common in the inner part of the continent).

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2015 at 21:20 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9534 (4 comments in total)

Will images taken with an electron microscope or microprobe (including x-ray maps) qualify for this challenge?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 19:57 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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