Camels at home! - Sharjah 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 (502)

Manek Taolin on April 30, 2012

Beautiful place & shot!


Greetings from Indonesia

Bassam Jayousi on April 30, 2012

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Thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes, Bassam

jadwigafoto on April 30, 2012

Beautiful photo, what silence. Greetings from Poland, Jadwiga. L+F

Pepino on April 30, 2012

Hi Bassam, symply 275-103!!!!!! warm greetings :)))

Sergey Sm on April 30, 2012

A great photo! Like 276 + Fav! Greetings from Ukraine!

Frederic Baiges on April 30, 2012

Preciosa fotografia, ben treballada L+F

Salutacions cordials. *Frederic *

Barbara Gałczyńska on April 30, 2012

ech...., podziwiam!:)))))

Jan Åge Pedersen on April 30, 2012

Nice, rounded sand dunes! Nice play of shadows! Nice focal point! Like!

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on May 1, 2012

Fatastic view !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great shot !


LIKE! My friendly greeting,Natuska

Manolo López on May 1, 2012

Beautiful, Bassam. Greetings from Spain. Manolo.

Anupam Mukherjee on May 1, 2012

Picturesque frame!!

L 283

Greetings, Anupam

Dimitris Liapopoulos… on May 1, 2012

Wonderful place, excellent shot!

✰ 107 ╬ 284 ♥

Warm greetings, Dimitris

Filippo Bilotti on May 2, 2012


Esta foto me gusta,LIKE285.Una hermosa imagen del desierto....

Saludos desde Caracas.

JoeFalco on May 2, 2012

Simplesmente belo. ☺288☺ Eu gosto da tua composição.

Desejo-te tudo de melhor, de PTG. jf

Hubert S on May 2, 2012

Fantastic light and composition. Like.

Ahmet poçanoğlu on May 2, 2012

excellent shot!



Sofia Siatravani on May 2, 2012

Absolutely wonderful!

● ◊ ● ◊ LIKE ◊ ● ◊ ●

Best wishes from Greece. Sofia.

Bassam Jayousi on May 2, 2012

Ahmeth, Sofia, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes, Bassam

cristi comsa on May 2, 2012

un cadru deşertic minunat!LIKE!

*natalia* on May 2, 2012

wonderful! fantastic! magical landscape! greetings

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 19, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2012/02/03 17:12:09
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 19.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash