Namibia, Africa

The elegant Oryx gazella, we also know, as Gemsbok is looking back over its shoulder into the camera. In the vastness of the African Savannah stands this Oryx in front of a dune.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/18
  • Exposure time: 1/400s
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length: 200mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4603 by 3069 pixels (WxH).

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The elegant Oryx gazella, we also know, as Gemsbok is looking back over its shoulder into the camera. The Oryx is standing in the vastness of the African Savannah. A very peaceful atmosphere creates the pastel colors in this fine art photograph, even more with the calming blue of the sky. It is adding to the overall tranquility of the scene. Additionally, the parallel lines of the clouds and horizon line build upon the peaceful nature of this soothing photograph and environment.

About The Oryx Gazella

An Oryx gazella is a territorial animal. To establish dominance, the males will use their horns to fight. The prevailing dominant male will use his dung to mark his territory. Amazingly, Oryx can survive a long period without water in the African Savannah. Even for a couple of weeks! Also, individual plants, such as wild melon, underground roots, and tuber, can provide enough moisture. Another incredible survival technique is that they can raise their body temperatures during the day to prevent perspiration. Ultimately, lessening the amount of body water loss. They also use a particular set of capillaries in their nose to cool down their blood temperature that is traveling to the brain. Besides that, they can also detect the smell of rain from 80 kilometers/ 50 miles away. The oryx gazelle looking back at us at this moment was truly breathtaking, as it was standing in this beautiful African landscape.

The Gemsbok, Oryx gazella, is under the category least concern in the IUCN red list.

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2 comments for Oryx Gazella Looking Back

  1. Andrea

    Spectacular! I love the colours.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      The lost Oryx in the vastness of the Namibian desert. I am glad you like this picture.
      Thank you very much, Andrea.
      Ciao Anette

  2. Hanneke

    Very special, really love this Anette

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Indeed it is. Thanks, Hanneke.

      Cheers Anette

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