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HOW ABOUT GIRAFFES?

Updated on March 5, 2015
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Here Come The Giraffes

Giraffes are amazing creatures and I love to photograph them. When I take an image into Photoshop, which I call my my digital darkroom, you never know what may emerge. I call this one "COSMIC GIRAFFES."

In this article I will focus on giraffes with information, images and products. I hope you enjoy your tour.

All images in this article are my own unless otherwise stated.

Why - How About Giraffes

I first "developed" my interest in giraffes as a photographer. (A small pun there.) While photographing these amazing creatures and working with their images, I sensed that somehow they seem to represent an awkward elegance. At first glance, with their long legs and long necks they appear rather ungainly and awkward. Several giraffes standing together are a confusing tangle of legs and necks. However, as they move about one quickly detects a certain elegance in their movement. For me, giraffes combine the improbable attributes of awkwardness and elegance and, in the end; I see elegance as the defining attribute of the giraffe. They are a work of art.

As I learned more about giraffes, I began to appreciate them, as the product of some amazing engineering. The eloquent giraffe we know and love could not possibly survive without certain remarkable biological accomodations, systems and components that were provided by the Creator. A friend of mine who happens to be a rocket scientist (test engineer at NASA Ames) studied the giraffe as an engineer and wrote an article describing some of the amazing biological features built into the giraffe. His conclusion, like mine, is that the giraffe is the product of an amazing Creator. You might enjoy his article, I'll provide a link below.

I have discovered that many people, of all ages, are interested in and intrigued by giraffes. I have "worked out" my interest in giraffes by dedicating a gallery on my fine art website to giraffes. When you click on an image to get a larger view, be sure to read the description below as I often provide interesting facts about giraffes or the image. I have also used my photography and graphic techniques to create a wide variety of popular giraffe related products. You can search my Zazzle website using the keyword "giraffe" to find a wide variety of my giraffe related products. I will provide links below to some of my favorite giraffe images and products created by myself and others.

The Giraffe - God's "OUTSTANDING" Animal

Giraffic Fantasy
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I mentioned above that a "rocket scientist" friend studied the giraffe as an engineer and wrote an interesting article about some of the amazing biological features that allow such a unique animal to survive and thrive. I think you will enjoy that article so here's a link to it. The Giraffe

Drinking The Moon

Drinking The Moon
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This has been a popular giraffe image on my website. I photographed a drinking giraffe and then photographed a full moon and stretched it into an ellipse and tinted it blue. I then placed the moon beneath the giraffe so it could refresh itself. Be sure to read the article above so you can see how the giraffe is able to lower its head to drink without all the blood in its long neck overloading the brain. I have used this same image to create a number of products on my Zazzle website.

Learn More About Giraffes

Giraffes: Amazing Pictures and Facts About Giraffes (Let's Learn About)
Giraffes: Amazing Pictures and Facts About Giraffes (Let's Learn About)

If you are as interested in giraffes as I am you will like this book.

 

Quadgiraffel

Quadgiraffel
Quadgiraffel | Source

I can assure you that no giraffes were harmed in the making of this image. This is fun and popular image and I get a lot of mileage out of it on Zazzle and wherever it's displayed. It makes one stop for a second look.

Hopefully this Hub will encourage you to take another look at giraffes and to take your camera with you the next time you visit a zoo.


What Did You Learn?

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My Fine Art Photography Website

I have a fine art photography website where you can view my diverse photographic interests. I have a gallery dedicated to giraffes, vintage vehicles and buildings, galleries for landscapes, waterfalls, birds, wildlife, painterly photography and a variety of other specialized subjects. Mount Shasta and various northern California scenes are prominent in many of my galleries. Most of the galleries have background music if you play them as a slideshow. This allows you to kick back and listen to the music as the images flow by. If you love giraffes as I do be sure to visit my giraffe gallery in Chuck Nelson Photography.

Create Your Own Amazing Giraffe Images

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom)
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom)

I love and Photoshop and Lightroom and use them both extensively in my photography work. Take your photography to the next level with Photoshop.

 

Are you a fellow giraffe enthusiast? Do you like this lens? Do you have a suggestion for improvements? I'd like to hear from you.

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @TanoCalvenoa: They reveal an awkward beauty...very unique.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I love giraffes. One of my favorite animals.

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      Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you and I'm sure you can quote the article.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for the cool article, the fabulous photos and the incredible link to the article by your rocket scientist friend. Please give him credit as I would like to quote the article. Thank you.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Very cool giraffe images and goodies to buy

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @onyesvic: Thank you onyesvic, writing takes practice. I usually draft my lens in MSW and play with it until I think it's passable then I can just cut and paste into the lens. Finally I read it again before publishing...sometimes I read it out loud to see how it flows. I probably wrote my book (Life at The End of a Dirt Road) five times making changes each time. Sometimes I let it sit and return to it fresh. If it's a lens I make sure the links all work before publishing and I try to sprinkle interesting images and humor to keep people's attention or draw them further into the article.

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      onyesvic 5 years ago

      Your lenses look good, so what's the secret?... your advice will be highly appreciated.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Escapes2: I agree...thanks for dropping by.

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      I love giraffes. They are beautiful animals.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      Your giraffe photos are fascinating! Angel blessed today.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi...I could say that's a stretch but it would sound too giraffee.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Upon visiting this lens again, I am head over heels about it. :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Echo Phoenix: Thank you...I agree

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      fantastic! I love giraffes, they are so elegant!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much for the kind words.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      So lovely! I love the 3 giraffes and 'Contemplation'. I hope you've made a poster print of 'Contemplation' as I feel that one would be beautiful blown up and framed. Blessings to you for a beautiful article! :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      missyjanette 5 years ago

      well done!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Einar A: Yes and thank you

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Very interesting animals, and amazing images you have created, too!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Lovely beasts and great pix, thanks!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Gala98: Thank you....complements from a fellow photographer are meaningful.

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      Gala98 5 years ago

      My mum adores giraffes so now I have a source of presents for a long time to come :P I love the 'Contemplation' image - very effective indeed.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @imlifestyle: Thank you...yes, many hours invested but they say, do what you love to do and you'll never work a day in your life.

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      imlifestyle 5 years ago

      Very artistic you make it look so easy, but I'm sure it took a great deal of time to get to hat level. Thanks for the lens...

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @flicker lm: I'm glad you enjoyed it flicker.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your photos of giraffes. Especially the one in the "The Giraffe -God's OUTSTANDING Animal" section and the one in the Intro. Nice.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @PaulWinter: Thank you kaazoom. Some of my images are available as posters on Zazzle here . You will also see posters I've made on my Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Fantastic phtos. I am going to checkout your Zazzle website. Do you do posters too?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @imolaK: Thank you and for the squidblessing

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      imolaK 5 years ago

      These photos are very nice. Blessed!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @lbrummer: Thank you!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Beautiful pictures of giraffes. Very nice job on this lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Johanna Eisler: Thanks Joie...they are fun.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Outstanding! I've long been a fan of giraffe photography. Give me a camera and turn me loose in a zoo, and I will spend longer in front of the giraffes than anywhere else. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing them.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @tricomanagement: Thank you quester!

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      Wonderful photos - great animals Love the long necks

      Thank you for this Lens

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @CarlittoDunaway: Thank you CD. It's OK, most people like giraffes but for some it's a stretch.

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      CarlittoDunaway 5 years ago

      I am somehow reluctant to say this - I dont like giraffes...Great lens!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @blue22d: Thank you. I am always amazed at how an animal that looks so awkward moves with such grace.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Another great lens. Saw a couple at our local SLC, Utah zoo. For big fellows they are very graceful. Beautiful creatures God created!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @fotolady49 lm: Thank you fotolady49. I "shoot" them at the zoo. I would love the opportunity for a Safari but that's not likely to happen. It takes some time and patience to get a good shot but it's all good.

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      fotolady49 lm 5 years ago

      Your giraffe photos are awesome! Did you photograph them at a zoo or did you have an opportunity to go on a Safari? Nice lens :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you and thank you!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Your giraffes are beautiful. Welcome to Squidoo!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @MaartjeJepsen: Good! Giraffes are like dinosaurs...kids tend to be fascinated by them.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @CoeGurl: Thank you Coe.

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      My kids love giraffes. Got some gift ideas from this lens!

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Your giraffe photos are wonderful, especially the Quadgiraffel. I have a Giraffe Birthday: How To Throw A Giraffe Party lens for those who love giraffes at www.squidoo.com/giraffe-birthday.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you Denise

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you, you have a wonderful lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @LisaDH: Thank you lisadh!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Giraffes are very interesting animals and I love the images you've created with them. Very nice!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you for your generosity.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Auntiekatkat: Thank you Auntiekatkat...amazing indeed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo! Great photos and a wonderful lens!

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens which befits a magnificent animal. Amazing that the giraffe has as many vertebrae in their neck as a human.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @bechand: Thank you bechand...as they say, "I needed that!"

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      bechand 5 years ago

      proud to be like #20 - happy 100% :O)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you Wednesday Elf....giraffes are indeed eloquent creatures with shades of awkwardness.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've always thought giraffes were beautiful and really very graceful. Your absolutely stunning photographs really bring the giraffe to life in a special way. Most excellent!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Mistl: Thank you Mistel...awkward but cute..indeed. I "liked" your lens on Ireland. I have Irish in my roots but I've never been there.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      The baby giraffe is so cute! :) Nice shots.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Elhamstero: Thanks for dropping by Elhamstero.

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      Elhamstero 5 years ago

      I love giraffes - so graceful but ungainly at the same time.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thanks for the visit. I "liked" your CF lens. Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed my visit on your lens tonight, thank you!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @krakensquid: Thanks KS...I liked your wild/dangerous pet lens. My daughter has a cat that would qualify.

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well written and very informative! Feel free to check out my lens about dangerous wild animals people keep as pets, if you'd like :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @flashgordontags1: Thank you Flash.

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      flashgordontags1 5 years ago

      The Gooraffe! My favorite :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: I've seen your lenses so your compliment means a lot. I think I'll do one about birds next.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Delightful in every way possible and very heartily blessed!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you CC. They are indeed fascinating creatures.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They are very elegant creatures. I have always likes them. Nice information here. You did a great job...lots of information and all things giraffe.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @seedplanter: Thanks for the kind words SP and PTL.

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      Chuck, your lens is so much more than a look at giraffes. You are so right about the amazing work of our Creator, and the care that went into every detail of our world. God gave it all for us to enjoy. It's the main reason I am a nature photographer, and I suspect it's why your passion for photographing giraffe's has turned into such a wonderful art. Thank you for a lens that I'll not soon forget! (Btw, my husband and I grew up in N. Calif. too - near Chico.)

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      wow, that's a lot of Giraffes, great page, love the picture of the Giraffe Goose combo, that made me do a double take..

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @safereview: Thanks safereviews. You have some very interesting lenses that I will be reading as time permits. We share a law enforcement background.

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      Bob 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Hi Chuck, I enjoyed the lens and great photo work. Drinking from the moon... nice. Great first lens!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @TheLastResort LM: Thanks LastResort!

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      TheLastResort LM 5 years ago

      Love the giraffe mouse pad ! :)