June 29, 2014

Marmot Watch

Photograph by Sebastian Wahlhuetter, National Geographic Your Shot

“This photo was taken during a 100-kilometer [62-mile] trekking trip in Ladakh, India, at an altitude of 4,500 meters [14,763 feet]," writes Your Shot member Sebastian Wahlhuetter. "I was at Lake Tso Kar, one of the highest saltwater lakes on Earth. I [had been] watching the marmots for a couple of days, and I was wondering if I might be able to get a close-up shot from a very short distance, covering not only the animal but also the stunning environment these creatures were living in. It took me one desperate evening and a very successful morning for the final outcome. With literally hundreds of holes it was quite a task of observation to figure out where these animals would eventually appear next."

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67 comments
Susmita Sheel
Susmita Sheel

Just amazing click , a little shy one with grand landscape ...... Super contradiction unified .

David S.
David S.

Ditto to all the others. Nice comp!

Drkamal Mohanani
Drkamal Mohanani

THIS IS HOW ..................THIS ANIMAL STAY AT ALTITUDE - DR K M

Raika Slomma
Raika Slomma

Great picture! I wouldn't wonder if he turned round and started talking; it seems so unreal. 

Jasvinder` Nagi
Jasvinder` Nagi

What makes this photo special is the inclusion of its beautiful natural habitat! Would love to visit Leh one day

Sylvia K.
Sylvia K.

Waouh....so sweet and beautiful marmot..I love her  or him..!!

Thanks for this peaceful and natural shot, Sylvie from France

Elang Suryawan
Elang Suryawan

I like this shot ! I always find difficulties to get small thing but very important like this Mr. Marmot when taking landscape photograph.

Proshanto Baroi
Proshanto Baroi

Incredible shot ! with a marmot ... photography can be truly challenging and that too with the challenging lights...

병정 이
병정 이

아이쿠~~~ 귀여워라. 마멋이군요.

Shannon T
Shannon T

I LOVE this shot. So adorable and beautiful at the same time.

C. Clever
C. Clever

very nice shot, makes me missing Ladakh  :-)

Christine M Miller-Ramey
Christine M Miller-Ramey

Nice capture. I love the way you caught him so still in that moment...excellent! :) Thanks for sharing.

Janice H.
Janice H.

This is fantastic!            A wonderful little creature amidst some absolutely lovely scenery,... captured perfectly!   Wonder what he sees?

Rohit Satpathy
Rohit Satpathy

Does anybody know what happened to the wallpaper feature? I mean I used to get my wallpapers from here all the time but now I see these great images but there is no way to get a wallpaper...
I know right click as save but that does not do justice to great pictures like this one.

Tex Vel
Tex Vel

Very Nice Picture...want to write more but I'll quit while I'm ahead...

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih

Awesome !! It's great picture !!

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

I'm sure like so many others I'd love to do this photo.  There is way too much here for me to comment on except to say the overall work is superb; the sky absolutely enchanting; and the marmot - a sight to behold.   The photo is so full of light and wonder.  Wow and cheers and congrats, congrats, congrats.

Barbara Lavina
Barbara Lavina

thoughtful, looking far at the sun setting for a day the eagle had fish instead

an essential and beautiful environment can make philosophers out of the furriest little beings 

what an insane idea living in a city, why staring at this computer when all  that matters happens under the sky

Ida Milnes
Ida Milnes

Awww, what a cutie! Beautiful image! Great Job!

Dawn Hatch
Dawn Hatch

Came across quite a few marmots while hiking in Glacier National Park.  Cute little guys. 

Kaj Winther
Kaj Winther

A very well deserved exposure for this image, Sebastian! I won't say congrats! I say: It takes a great idea, hard work and a great photographer to produce images like this.

All the best! / Kaj

Diego Rey López
Diego Rey López

its weird to watch this picture while listening to nobody-skindred


Frank Conway
Frank Conway

nice job!!! amazing shot amazing scenery


Sebastian Wahlhuetter
Sebastian Wahlhuetter

Thank you!

you can find some more info behind this shot on my blog: www.wahlhuetter.net


Leyla R.
Leyla R.

Stunning capture and the landscape out there is incredible

Margaret Faulkner
Margaret Faulkner

He looks as though he might be looking for his car in a parking lot.  Except, of course, there are no cars...

A I
A I

Anyone else have the movie "Caddyshack " come to mind?

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

Loved to watch these little guys from a camper while in New Mexico some years ago!  Awesome shot!

Lisa Hamilton
Lisa Hamilton

As I scrolled from the photo's title down through the photo, before I read the explanation, I thought this was a photo from one of the high altitude parks in the Rocky Mountains, perhaps Colorado's North Park. What a surprise to learn this scene was from India! Congratulations on taking this terrific photo!

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

One of the most evocative photos I've seen in years. Thank you.

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