Ship of the Desert. ....{by Bassam}

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The camel is a unique beast; some feel it is beautiful, while others, perhaps more lucidly, see it as being rather less kissable! There are many interesting facts about camels, here is a list of some of the most interesting!:

  1. The name comes from the Arabic ǧamal meaning "beauty".

  2. A camel's hump does not store water. It stores fat, lessening heat-trapping insulation around the rest of the body.

  3. One reason camels can go long periods without water is the shape of their red blood cells. These are oval and so will flow when they are dehydrated rather than clumping, as ours do. The camel is the only mammal to have oval red blood cells.

  4. Camels can drink up to 40 gallons of water in one go.

  5. Their temperature ranges from 34 degrees Celsius at night to 41 degrees during the day. They don't begin to sweat until they are over 41 degrees

  6. Camels lie down to rest and sleep (and good luck getting them up if they decide they don't want to).

  7. Camels lips are split to help them graze.

  8. They can eat anything, including thorny twigs, without injuring their mouths.

  9. Camels can kick in all four directions with each of their legs.

  10. Camels can close their nostrils against wind and sand when necessary.

  11. The shape of their nostrils allows them to retain water vapor and return it to the body as fluid.

  12. They can lose 25% of their body fluids without getting dehydrated. Most mammals can only lose 15%.

  13. Camels are ruminants like cows and goats.

  14. Eating green plants gives them the moisture they need without drinking.

  15. Their coats reflect sunlight and insulate them from the desert heat.

  16. One of the camel's defenses is 'spitting' – where they essentially throw up a foul smelling greenish fluid from their stomach all over you if provoked. For those who have experienced it, it seems never ending and is never forgotten.

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Юрий Ющенко on May 2, 2012

Very nice shot
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Kind regards
Yuri
from Ukraine

Michał Pomirski on May 2, 2012

Excellent composition and photo. Best wishes from Poland. L.

Misoad ElSoRi on May 2, 2012

Well done! Very beautiful picture LK !!Kind regards !!Miguel

Hollis chen on May 3, 2012

very Nice capture!

LIKE very Good photo..

Best wishes from Taiwan,HungChu Chen

Jeanne-Marie Simon-C… on May 3, 2012

Superbe photo en contre-jour et très joli titre ! BIG LIKE ! Amicalement, Jeanne-Marie

Pedro M on May 3, 2012

Wonderful

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Thanks for your visit ;=)

Greetings, Pedro M

wandering gael on May 3, 2012

A photo of great merit, worthy of LIKE No. 412 & FAV

Thank you for giving us this wonderful photo.

Wandering Gael

Josabad on May 3, 2012

Your images are impressives. Wonderful. Best regards from Peru. Josabad


LIKE 413

Luis Domingo on May 3, 2012

Very beautiful composition and nice scenery..LIKE414...

best regards..Luis Domingo

hossein_m on May 3, 2012

Fantastic shot!

thank you for your visit and comment.

Best wishes from Iran, Hossein

Sandro Russo on May 3, 2012

Beautiful view, great shot. , compliments and best regards from Sandro

AndyUrbina on May 4, 2012

Hermoso!!!Like. Saludos cordiales, Andy

Augusto Janiscki Jun… on May 4, 2012

Nice photo !!!

Congratulations....

Greetings from Brazil

Augusto Janiscki Junior

pembo on May 4, 2012

A very nice capture - L418! Have a nice weekend and

Kind regards, pembo from Kiel

Manolo Dueñas on May 4, 2012

Bonitas siluetas, me gusta, saludos cordiales, Manolo

Manou Wahl on May 4, 2012

Hello Bassam, sooo wonderful! GREAT! I love this photo! LIKE+FAV Have a nice evening! Best wishes Manou

Gianfranco Pala on May 4, 2012

Ottima foto! lk421. Ciao, Gianfranco

malikengur on May 4, 2012

Wow. Fantastic photo. LIKE. Greetings malikengur

LeoW on May 4, 2012

Great scene - YSL


Thank you very much for visiting and your congratulations on my Contest Award. I was very happy about it.

Kind regards and best wishes, Leo

Passator Cortese PH on May 4, 2012

Very beautiful scenery, composition and photo!

Like 424 + Fav 149!

Best wishes from Italy, Francesco.

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  • Uploaded on February 4, 2012
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    by bassam jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2012/02/03 17:18:06
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 19.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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