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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Comments (936)

Josabad on May 3, 2012

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

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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 !!!


Greetings from Brazil

Augusto Janiscki Junior

pembo VIEWS? - NEVER… 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

Leo W 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!

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Best wishes from Italy, Francesco.

Reiner Dörrenbach on May 5, 2012

Beautiful composition! like

Best regards, Reiner

Dick Vogel on May 5, 2012

Wonderful silhouettes....! Like it! Greetings, Dick

Ivon Cholakova on May 5, 2012

Really beautiful! LIke!:)

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Ricardo Filho on May 5, 2012

Fantastic shot!!

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Best wishes,


Mehmet baş on May 5, 2012

Very good shot, likle it. Greetings from Turkey....

jfrezende on May 5, 2012

great shot, beautiful!


greetings from Brazil

Anupam Mukherjee on May 6, 2012

Nice silhouette!!

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Greetings, Anupam

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 4, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    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