Mating Season

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March is in our calendar and spring is in the air! Or better to say that romance is in the air. Beginning of a new season to bloom and not only for flowers. After being wrapped in many layers of winter clothes, women have already taken their sweet minis from their wardrobes. Ladies would like to inspire and be noticed, and it does work. Men are on alert. Air is a mixture of different aromas of flirt. Folks, do we miss it so much? I mean flirt.. oh, yes, who don’t like flirting? It arouses our curiosity, makes us feel attractive, and ready for challenges. As if we add some pepper to make our food spicier or some strawberries to make it sweeter. Both are good and damn seductive!

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When my Nikki captures a picture like that…

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Then I feel that nature does flirt with me, I am the first who is in love with her colors, shapes,  sounds, and flavors…Nature makes me want to be there without even my notice! Bravo, Mother Nature, you are the best at it!

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As far as exotic birds are concerned, here some other rules of flirt are accepted. Guess which ones? Recently, I visited one of the gardens with exotic animals and look what I saw there. As soon as I entered a big room where temperature was higher than at summer I saw this couple in a quite delicate pose…my eyes went wide open, they were hardly ashamed…(they were doing “it” so intensively that even my photo lens were blurred)!

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As I gave up trying to make a better picture of them, the other couple came to my horizon. Unfortunately, I did not recognize them in time, they were yet on the stage of sweet kissing, who knows where it could bring them some minutes later. I decided not to disturb their love games.

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For some minutes I left my eyes drifting to the lonely big tortoise who looked more concentrated on food, other than some love affairs. She or he ( I did not check under the shell) was walking around and looking at me a bit angrily, as if she/he didn’t like me being here with that big photocamera. Yeah, I think I can feel the same if I were them. We are the invaders into their private life. Awful people!

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Owners of tortoises claim that they believe that tortoises do have emotions. For example, one guy told me that he is sure they don’t have a “simple brain”. Because his turtle loves to look out the window while he’s on his basking platform. So, they do have emotions, you cannot deny it!

And how do they behave when the spring period comes? Courtship techniques vary from species to species, but the common denominating factor between the entire groups is aggression. Wow, I did not expect it? Ladies, keep in mind that when a man is capricious about your food  it means he is in mating period, he needs something special.

The male circles the female, often nodding his head and biting at her legs and the edges of her carapace. He rams into her, attempting to trap her, so she can be mounted. Their mating is a noisy affair, filled with the sounds of hissing and grunting. Eventually the female after enduring bites on all of her limbs, will stop attempting to escape and retract into her shell. This is the cue for the male to mount her. I think I have already seen something similar, LOL!

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Wow, look at this guy, he became green from a desire…poor him! People, let us find him a girl or soon he will explode like a bomb.

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Hey, dude, don’t be sad, miracles are happen and even for your not so handsome face we can find a good mate. Keep on dreaming and don’t change your color to red till next time!

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As I see we have a good eye contact with you, dear, that’s I am about the photo above! Or maybe even with you…yep, you who is reading my post now. Do you know how to make eyes? The guy in the picture below wears his best outfit today just for me. He is one of the most handsome today! He knows that ladies prefer bright colors!

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Crocodiles, for instance, during mating period like dancing…The mating dance involves almost all the senses. Males begin by bellowing above water, while producing low-frequency infra-sound, which humans cannot hear. Honestly, I did not hear any sound. Perhaps he was “not in his mood” or “had a headache”. Males may also slap their snouts on the water, blow water from their noses or perform certain arched postures. Though the male is leading the dance, the female is participating with her own set of auditory, visual and olfactory signals during this time. Once they meet up, they’ll tenderly rub each other’s snouts and backs, ride one another or blow bubbles. A well-known scene:

“Dear, will you rub my back?” he/she (depends what you like) says into your ear, and smiles playfully.

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Ouch, I guess I opened the wrong door. Here is already a group banging (excuse my English). You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Frogs, frogs. Frenchmen like eating your legs not without purpose! On the contrary, frogs prefer making specific sound during the “right” period. Male frogs even compete with each other who can make stranger sounds. I suppose I caught them already when the mates are chosen. Shame on you!

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Lonely snake, don’t look at me like that! Male snakes will try to attract a female by doing a type of ‘play fighting’ with other males who want her attention.  They do not try to kill each other…just win the fight! However, dude, with whom you are going to fight, you seem to be all alone!

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No, you are not exactly alone, look who is here! He also needs an attention and a pair for this season. Life can a bit unfair!

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My dear little Fellows, I do hope that this mating season you won’t be alone and have a person with whom you can mate. The season is open…

“What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Philosophers have pondered that question for centuries. I’m afraid the answer is disappointingly simple: Mating. That’s it.”
Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

Yours Ann

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41 thoughts on “Mating Season

  1. Some really great photos, Ann, and a very engaging commentary to go with them I love the way you’ve captured the essence of the mating season. According to Shakespeare, things are no different for humans in the spring. Your post seems to fit so well to his words: ‘…spring, when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love’.

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  2. Love this Ann…you have a quick wit about you…spring is here…our thoughts pick up there pace and hope of something exciting is in the air…and you captured it…mating…could be..a dream come true..maybe..it is the hope spring brings that makes us so happy and full of energy… Adore your work!!

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    1. You are so sweet, Doug! So many wonderful words, you deserved for a big hug! Yeah, it is really the beginning of something new and beautiful, life! Life is beautiful! You are so supportive! Thank you so much! Happy to see you and hear always!

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  3. Oh how I love spring! You’re lucky to be experiencing it, it’s my favourite season for sure! Everything comes to life and people are happier. Your beautiful pictures reminded me of spring in Europe, so thank you for that!! 😀

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    1. Oh, yes, you are a bit far now, dear Mel, so come back sooner, you will miss so many perfect spring moments! We all missed you so much! Take care and enjoy your journey! Congratulations with your mountain achievements, so proud of you! You are awesome conquerer of this high world!

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      1. I won’t be back for spring in Europe, but I will get some spring in Japan and South Korea, which should be beautiful with Cherry blossoms everywhere!
        Thank you Ann, that’s so sweet of you to say! Maybe you would like to climb a mountain with me someday? 😃

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  4. Most beautiful season to enjoy the life on this planet! You brought out an interesting & universal topic! 🙂 Today, in India, we celebrated HOLI, the festival of color (festival of Spring). So spring in the air. Lets enjoy the season!

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    1. You are always so kind, supportive and encouraging, dear Maria, you have a golden heart! I hope I deserve all your sweet words! It means a lot, because I write as I feel! Huge thankful hugs and sincere wishes to you and your sweet daughter! Loads of good luck for your photography and language projects! Many nice people on your way!

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  5. Wow these pictures are just so beautiful ❤ I always thoughts turtles are more then they seem and I believe so too… Glad to see that someone else out there thinks the same… Beautiful pics dear 🙂 Hope you had wonderful time…

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  6. Right now in New England the springtime is trying to conquer the last of the winter snows. In our little vernal pool, the peepers keep waking up and singing their mating songs in the sunshine. But then, nature plays a cruel trick on them, turning warmth to cold in a few hours. Then, their singing halts for a time. But I’m sure their mating songs will start up again once the temperature rises. Beautiful photos, filled with color!

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