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Greece - Greek tortoise

Greece - Greek tortoise
Driving around in Greece we had seen already quite a lot of tortoises along the road. But this was the first one being so friendly to pose for the camera. Although I’m not sure I suppose it is (must be) a Greek tortoise, also known as common tortoise; one of five species of Mediterranean tortoises.

Depending on the subspecies, Greek tortoises will grow to between 11 and 20 centimeters. The Greek tortoise is a very long-lived animal, achieving a lifespan of upwards of more than 100 years, but in the wild, many do not live past the age of 20, due to predation and other factors.

Roger Pluymaekers, Thémis, Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*, Yuri Byshev and 112 other people have particularly liked this photo


107 comments - The latest ones
 Zulma
Zulma club
Another photo today that puts a smile on my face. This is just awesome Jaap!!
2 years ago.
 J.Garcia
J.Garcia club
She's a little suspicious!
Beautiful specimen and very well photographed, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Jenasis44
Jenasis44
Great picture of a tortoise - wonder if they get hot under their shell? :-)))
2 years ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
CUTE !
2 years ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Beautiful picture !
Have a nice week
2 years ago.
 Istvan Farkas
Istvan Farkas
Lovely capture!
2 years ago.
 Dinesh
Dinesh club
Beautiful capture. They have no choice but being friendly, they forgot running, or poor, since they evolved!
2 years ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
It looks quite friendly and big with your low PoV!
2 years ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Eine sehr schöne Aufnahme!
2 years ago.
 Thorsten
Thorsten
Auge in Auge! Oder muss man hier sagen: Linse in Auge? Eine tolle Aufnahme aus der Froschperspektive!
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Thorsten
Nein, es war Auge in Auge.
2 years ago.
 Adele
Adele club
A beautiful capture and a very well composed image.
2 years ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
You made a beautiful meeting ...... and a beautiful photo!*******************
2 years ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
Begenung mit einer anderen Welt
2 years ago.
 Schussentäler
Schussentäler club
tolle Aufnahme.
2 years ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
wow !!! beeindruckende Aufnahme der gut Gepanzerten !
2 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wow! Superb close up shot, nicely composed.
2 years ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Wonderful picture of a beautiful animal.
Thank you for the note, Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
very nice
2 years ago.
 Pat Del
Pat Del club
C'est sur le pourtour oriental de la Méditerranée que vivent ce type particulier de tortues d'Herman ('Hermani Boettgeri Mojisovics')
2 years ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Schön eingefangen die Kröte.
2 years ago.
 Denis Croissant
Denis Croissant club
Superb!
2 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Wonderful photo with great perspective.
2 years ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
... an encounter of the other type ...
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to aNNa schramm club
Thank you for the invitation, but it isn't a real macro picture.
2 years ago.
 Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel Canon
Wonderful portrait of this animal !
2 years ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Oh, he's a beauty. Splendid image, Jaap! :)
2 years ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
kleines Wettrennen ;-)?
2 years ago.
 Gliip N
Gliip N
Who came to visit? )))
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Great panning technique Jaap! :-))

Not a subject we see very often on Ipernity..............so it's great to see this one. It looks quite happy posing for you to take a photo. Nicely composed and taken in beautiful sunshine!
2 years ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent shot Jaap and many thanks for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
2 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe capture. Nicole.
2 years ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Goed dat hij/zij voor jou wilde poseren.
Mooie opname Jaap.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Om eerlijk te zijn moest ik hem/haar wel een beetje helpen.
2 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Jolie capture !
2 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
Great picture Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Coucou !! belle prise.
2 years ago.
 cammino
cammino club
A friendly meeting!
2 years ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Jaap

Very nice photo, and you did well to spot him.
However, being a tortoise, I don't suppose he could run away so quickly!!

Best Wishes
Peter
2 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Super shot Jaap !!!!!
2 years ago.
 HappySnapper
HappySnapper club
Who's looking at you babe!! Lovely clear and sharp image Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
Die ist wirklich riesig. Schönes Modell, gut getroffen in tiefer Position
2 years ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A great composition Jaap
2 years ago.
 Esther
Esther club
Hopefully, he will stay off the road.
2 years ago.
 Jean
Jean
Beautifully composed. Curious and wary at the same time.
2 years ago.
 Alda - not often here
Alda - not often her…
very cool!
2 years ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
What a lovely shot...dear little animal!
2 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Superb close-up, Jaap! Great compo and detail.. I love that sweet , lovely face❤
2 years ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Rencontre sympa ! Belle prise se vue !
2 years ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
Belle capture !! quelle chance d'en rencontrer une dans ces conditions
2 years ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Your turtle is in pole position cobgrats:)
2 years ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Belle rencontre!!
2 years ago.
 Hello Sunshine !
Hello Sunshine !
Don't think a fast shutter speed would be required to capture this cute guy.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Hello Sunshine !
Just some patience before his head came (more or less) outside.
2 years ago.
 Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
I know that the Greeks ALSO protect turtles.
A wonderful shot, dear Jaap
2 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
heel mooi
2 years ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Ein klasse Schuss, Jaap! Hoffentlich wird die Schildkröte nicht vom Auto überfahren.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to trester88 club
Dort gab es kaum Auto's.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Ein sehr schönes Exemplar!!
2 years ago.
 Betty JW
Betty JW
Excellent find and photo!
2 years ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Beautiful shot and explanation!
2 years ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Well taken, Jaap. What a great find!
2 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
fantastica cattura in un geniale primo piano !
2 years ago.
 Guy Bacca (guybac)
Guy Bacca (guybac) club
Belle prise et un cadrage parfait
2 years ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
Oh my. What a cutie pie!! You got a wonderful picture with super details and such a cute position! Interesting to learn more about them too...on our property I have seen one turtle many years ago. I've seen turtles at the edges of rivers too, but these guys aren't too common to see, so this is really neat!

BEST sighting: scuba diving, Steve and I have seen lots of sea turtles. They can be quite enormous...one day we were diving and a huge sea turtle swam by and turned its head to look me in the eye...an incredible experience. I adore them so much.
2 years ago.
 Yves Saulnier
Yves Saulnier club
Belle rencontre, attention la route est dangereuse.
2 years ago.
 TOZ
TOZ club
Super Image Jaap.
Regards TOZ.
2 years ago.
 photosofghosts
photosofghosts club
Really, a fantastic point of view !
All the best
Fabio
2 years ago.
 Danielle
Danielle club
Fantastique capture impressionnante +++++++++
2 years ago.
 Berny
Berny club
great close up!
2 years ago.
 JiPR
JiPR club
Stunning close-up
2 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Great find and exceptional capture!
2 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
2 years ago.
 Ludmila Litvin
Ludmila Litvin
Well done! Classy shot!
2 years ago.
 Rosemma
Rosemma club
Une surprenante rencontre !
2 years ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
OHHHHHH Jaap... I love this excellent portrait
and thank for the explications
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Photographiée en mode pose ?..........
2 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
een geweldige ontmoeting, een prachtig dier
2 years ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
En la carrera con la liebre? Muy bonita.
2 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Congratulations on Explore.
2 years ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Great capture of this greek tortoise !
2 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
I believe this was first in Explore yesterday.
Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
He makes a great picture Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly… club
Great photo, Jaap, and what a beautiful creature. :-)
2 years ago.
 Matt
Matt
Another kind of portrait photography, very nice!
2 years ago.
 •●•Line,
•●•Line,
Une excellente prise!
Nice...
Have à Nice week-end.
2 years ago.
 Raven Lunatic
Raven Lunatic club
An excellent image of a cute tortoise. I didn't know there were wild tortoises in Greece.
2 years ago.
 Leon_Vienna
Leon_Vienna club
Well composed shot.
2 years ago.
 Laura Perinelli
Laura Perinelli club
E' pesante la sua casa da trascinare!! Ciao Laura
2 years ago.
 Sonia Roosen
Sonia Roosen
Prachtige foto, Jaap en het is niet zo'n kleintje, eentje dat je verwelkomt,
Congratulations! Fijn weekend!
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Sonia Roosen
Hij lijkt groter dan ie in werkelijkheid was. Komt doordat ik heel dichtbij was om te fotograferen.
2 years ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The tortoise looks so cute.
2 years ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Great photo, Jaap !!!
Have a nice weekend!
2 years ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Me gusta el punto bajo de la toma, su encuadre, posición y la claridad con que se aprecian los detalles, como los ojos y los dibujos de su caparazón. Es una pena que no cumpla la longevidad con que la naturaleza le obsequió.
2 years ago.
 sunlight
sunlight club
Ein super Foto ! *******
2 years ago.
 Anto & Pier
Anto & Pier
.....Slowly. No hurry.
Greetings from Italia, Anto & Pier
2 years ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb capture Jaap. Lovely low POV.
2 years ago.
 Chris10
Chris10 club
Je zult hem maar tegenkomen, een geweldige ontmoeting zeg.... Mooi!!
Zelf heb ik alleeen zeeschildpadden gezien in Indonesia. Zelfs het nachtelijke eieren leggen ging niet aan onze neus voorbij... Zo indrukweekend!

Groet, Christien.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Chris10 club
We hadden er al verschillende gezien, maar meestal waren ze net weer weg als we uit de auto kwamen. Deze was zo vriendelijk 'even' te wachten op de fotograaf. Heb hem nog wel even met z'n kop in de zon gezet voor de foto.
2 years ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
Great photo, you had been lucky to meet one. Is it an optical Ilusion, or is it really so huge??
2 years ago.

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