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2012 Top 10 Images

Published December 31st, 2012

It is that time of the year when you look back at all the images taken during the past twelve months. I have made a selection not only based on the viewers response but also on my personal opinion. It's about those images that were special for many reasons ...... The Moment, The Place, The Company . . .



I hope you like them

Makepisi

Portrait of a male Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) named Makepisi. Image captured at night in Motswari Private Game Reserve during our recent photo safari to the Timbavati Nature Reserve which is in Greater Kruger, South Africa.

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The Big Cats

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Lynx On The Move

An Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) moving slowly under heavy rain.

Image taken at Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria, Spain while on a two day workshop lead by Marina Cano.

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A Rocky Paradise

Amazing rock formations captured after sunrise during a stormy morning in the Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga. It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe. The area was designated a Natural Site of National Interest in July 1929, and a Natural Park Reserve of about 17 square kilometres was created in October 1978.

This image is a Photomatix Pro HDR blend of 7 different exposures color corrected in LR3.

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Praying Mantis

A silhouette of a Praying Mantis ( Sphodromantis viridis ) captured against bright green vegetation in Knysna, South Africa.

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The Pyramids

The ancient Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt.

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The Grand Mosque

From my Travel portfolio, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic :جامع الشيخ زايد الكبير) at sunset. This architectural masterpiece is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. It was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His final resting place is located on the grounds beside the same mosque.
As the country’s grand mosque, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and numbers during Eid can be more than forty thousand people.

As per Wikipedia, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's design and construction 'unites the world', using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the Mosque. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics. The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by both Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca being direct influences. The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by both Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets classically Arab. The design of the Mosque can be best described as a fusion of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture.

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Rhino Sunrise

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum) captured in light mist at sunrise in Kruger, South Africa.

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Sunset At Sea

Sunset in the Marine Protected Area of the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the heart of the Garden Route in South Africa.

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Tenderness

A portrait of a female giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) with her calf taken in the Kariega Game Reserve located in the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

Mothers with calves will gather in nursery herds, usually consisting of two or more infants and/or juveniles and their mothers moving or browsing together. Mothers in such a group may sometimes leave their calves with one female while they travel to other areas. This is known as a "calving pool". Calves appear to have strong social bonds, facilitating social cohesion in nursery groups. Males play almost no role in raising the young. The young are vulnerable to predators. A mother giraffe will stand over her young and kick at a predator that comes near. Giraffes only defend their own young; they form calving herds for selfish reasons. A mother has a strong maternal bond with her calf, lasting until her next calving. Calves suckle for 13 months and continue to associate with their mothers for another 2–5 months.

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NajimAlMisbah
Najim AlMisbah  over 1 year ago
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Amazing work & good luck in your Adventures
The_Lioness
Judith Perkel  over 2 years ago
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Just discovered your amazing, creative, wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing them.
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Rebecca Jackrel  over 2 years ago
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What a beautiful set! That opening shot is just plan gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
visiting from Best Photos of 2012 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers
http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2013/01/09/photos-2012-jmggalleries-blog-readers/