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Ebony and Amber by Lupinicious Ebony and Amber by Lupinicious
Here's the last photo I have picked from my photo session at Wildtierpark Edersee in late October.
Had to use a relatively high ISO again (tried to keep it low shooting at 1/125s only with the 400mm lens free-handed :D But it worked pretty well!), so there's a bit of noise visible in the black fur, but I still liked the photo, so here it goes.
It displays what I love the most about black wolves - their amber eyes are just spectacular against the black fur!

A bit of extra info on this wolf and black wolves in general:
This is a female timber wolf. She is one of two puppies born this year and living in an enclosure at Wildtierpark Edersee in central Germany.

Black wolves actually only appear in North America (although some black wolves have also been identified in the Italian Appenines too, where the population was historically threatened by inbreeding and hybridization) and are the opposites of albinos (the condition is called melanism). It has been shown that the cause for melanism is hybridization of wolves with free-ranging dogs (Anderson et al., 2009). Despite the origin of the mutation, black wolves are not likely to vanish again - on the contrary, they are increasing in number, most likely because their black fur provides a better camouflage.

Like a lot of wolves, black wolves fade in color. Most are only pitch black when very young and are then gradually lightening until they are a silverish-grey as elderly individuals.

Other photos of that day:



EXIF data:
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/125 sec; f/2,8; ISO 800
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:iconrocker234:
Rocker234 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Great photo!
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nmbr1sonicfan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
pretty
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:iconawartfactory:
AwArtFactory Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never seen such a wonderful creature ♥
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BlackAngelWolf45 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg,so Gorgeous! I love it! :heart:
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Daramoon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Beautiful ♥
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NinjaAssassin415 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Gorgeous
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alvringer Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Such a stunning photo, my favourite from the calander selection!
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:iconalvarovaliente:
alvarovaliente Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Impressive!
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Kaguetora Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous wolf, great pic! :D
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist
pretty
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:iconsilver-zabrak:
Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This wolf is incredibly beautiful.
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:iconblackwolfspirits:
BlackWolfSpirits Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Perfect!
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Chained-Wolves Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
GORGEOUS GORGEOUS BLACK WOLF PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST IVE SEEN SO FAR.
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gingado Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Featured in my "PICTURES OF AN EXHIBITION 2013 - PART II"
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:iconwindstern:
Windstern Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
This picture is beautiful!
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:iconjolee-art:
JoLee-Art Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:iconunknown-wolf:
unknown-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Wow, what a beauty
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:iconannasko:
Annasko Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you mind if I use this picture as reference for a portrait ? I would credit you for the picture of course.
That's my latest piece in case you want an example: [link]
Yours would be in colour though.
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Enzh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
veeery beautiful
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your beautiful art has been featured in the new journal of our group #Nature-Capture >[link]< Congratulations! Here are some of the best works of the members of our group!
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the intensity in this wolf's expression! Wonderful shot, all your wolf photos are so lovely! :)
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Celestial-Navigator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the amber eyes on this girl. :heart:
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JoLee-Art Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful wolves
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:iconjolee-art:
JoLee-Art Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Thanks for the tidbit of information, I didn't know that about aging black wolves :) Kind of like with Lippizzaner (sp?) horses.
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Julie-Suki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Gorgeous !
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:iconpaintgurl101:
Paintgurl101 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I almost thought this was a painting when I first looked at it :O I love it!!!
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:iconlonemtnwolf:
Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous :D
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Shaylee857 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Beauty!!
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:iconhappychild47:
happychild47 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what a beauty! :heart:
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:iconnekoninja13:
NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
hes beautiful
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:iconliaschattenfell:
LiaSchattenfell Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, Great Shot. Wonderful Wolves. I love it!
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Noplaceforhideo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Im definately gonna have to do a painting of these beautiful wolves at some point for my friend and myself. I hope you dont mind me working from these, the photos are just so crisp and fantabulous in every way >w< I hope i can do them justice :3 If i end up posting them on here, ill be sure to link back to your work and these photos. All credit will go to you, and ill have to tell my friend where i got the inspiration and basis from :D She adores wolves ahaha
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Photographer
Yes, go ahead :-)
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:iconnoplaceforhideo:
Noplaceforhideo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank yoouuu!!! :D
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:iconwillyoudieforme:
willyoudieforme Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh My God he is just the cutest thing ever :la::la::la::love::love::meow::love:
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PAGKAWASAK Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
very nice
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liger0schnider Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Aww she's beautiful!
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SuperSaiya-jinwolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
This wolfs so pretty, nice picture. :)
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RockNDraw23 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Awes I wish I could go there and see all the pretty wolves!
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CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
deaaamn, awesome shot!
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DarkMousyRulezAll Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
she's so cute :iconblushplz:
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SilentSomnia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a lovely shot! Amazing! :love:
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:iconkibbasan:
KibbaSan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Artist
Oh my, what a beautiful wolfie :')
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Rebelwolf13570 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I love her ;)
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theWitchofGrich Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
so cute :D :D
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:iconlycan-metal:
Lycan-metal Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's so beautiful!!!!!! Words just can't be sum up for her :) Wolves are the greatest animal period!!!
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ELHABIBI Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
WOW!
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tech60 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
epic wolf pic
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