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Happy Valentine's Day - V.2 by Emma-Lawlor Happy Valentine's Day - V.2 by Emma-Lawlor
NAME: Eublepharis macularius
COMMON NAME: Leopard gecko (normal morph)
IUCN REDLIST: n/a
LOCATION: Domesticated pet, at my home.
WHEN: January 10, 2012.
CAMERA: Canon EOS 400D SLR
LENS: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro with extension tubes
APERTURE: f/4
SPEED: 1/100
FLASH: yes, external

So I managed to get a hold of some roses used in a display that were just going to be thrown out after an event. I managed to make a little set-up with them (the thorns had already been removed so this made setting up much quicker) and then let my oldest leopard gecko, Randall, wander around it at her leisure, taking photos whenever she was in a nice position. This was one of the results. I love her to bits :)

Thought I'd submit this in time for dA's Great Valentine Exchange, and I don't want to hear any "ew Valentine's Day - you don't need a day to show that you love someone". I've always been single for that day but I don't say that, and do you know why? Because love isn't just for couples, I love my family, my friends and my pets such as Randall here. And while people should show how much they love someone all the time, they don't - so there's nothing wrong with havign a day set aside to actually think about love and show your appreciation to everyone around you how much you care for them. Yes, it's over-commercialised, but so is every other holiday: mother's day, father's day, Christmas, Halloween...oh and birthdays! If you refuse to join in on a day to appreciate love all around you, don't celebrate your birthday - why join in on a holiday for celebrating another year alive? Surely you should be celebrating every extra day that you are alive longer!! But similarly with Valentine's, everyone tends to just take that for granted.

In short: If 'over-commercialisation', or 'don't need one day to celebrate/appreciate it', are your excuses for hating Valentine's then stop celebrating any other holidays. Otherwise you can't really complain about just one holiday day. If 'love is only for couples' is your excuse for complaining, you're just adding to the problem with Valentine's Day, making it about couples only. Love exists in other forms and everyone needs to start recognising and celebrating that!

V.1 with the text -

:icondalinksystem: - If you like this, you will probably like this one even more, by *anglerfishies

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:iconashleywarfield:
ashleywarfield Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
it's cute ^^
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Dance0927 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature! :)
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:icondance0927:
Dance0927 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure!
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:icongoblinqueen1993:
goblinqueen1993 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Beautiful
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is featured in the monthly article from :iconthefavouriteshowcase: here >>> [link]
Make sure to favorite the news article to get even more exposure! :heart:
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw thanks for the feature!! :heart:
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:iconfantasticfennec:
FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. :heart:
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw thanks - the comment and the fav mean a lot to me coming from someone who brings out awesome animal photo after awesome animal photo :)
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FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*blushes* Thank you. And your work is amazing, I love the colours on this shot, they're beautiful. And the water droplets are a nice touch.
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:iconqrinta-stock:
Qrinta-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! Leopard geckos are the best. ^_^
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They sure are :)
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:icondeloverly:
DeLoverly Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My teacher has a lizard just like this named Logo! Is it a Leopard Gecko like Logo?
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
She is indeed a leopard gecko, and the first one I ever got - 6 years ago :)
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:icondeloverly:
DeLoverly Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're lucky that you have a gecko!
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe I have 4 of them! And a cave gecko! And 8 cornsnakes! :D
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:icondeloverly:
DeLoverly Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA
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XTaintedxBloodX Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So Cute!
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
How cute and what a little ham! I love Leo's :thumbsup:
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:iconsuicide-blonde-stock:
Suicide-Blonde-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow! Lovely!
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful!
Happy valentines day! :heart:
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And the same to you :)
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OtaniFumetsu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is way too cute! The pose is just perfect, and it's a really lovely picture! :love:
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw thanks :D Happy Valentine's Day (slightly late but I'm gonna say it anyway since dA are continuing the sending Valentine's til the end of the week lol)
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bastard667 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist
When I first saw this pic, I just wanted to say something like "hey, weird shot! I love it!", but then I stopped a sec and read the description.. Well, I've never read such words.. You're damn right: love exists in other forms and HAS to be celebrated! Everybody should understand this.. :D
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, sorry I think I went on a mad tangent with the description - it's very long, so I'm surprised anyone read it! :D So glad you agree with it though! Wish everyone could understand it!
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I love your description, it is so true.
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for reading such a long text haha but yes, I think it's very true!
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:iconcreative1978:
creative1978 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Cute :)
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DarkshadeDX Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Awwwwwwwwwwww I have leopard gecko's too, this is gorgeous ^-^
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How many leopard geckos have you got? I've got 4, and I love them all - but Randall here was the best one for the shot cos she is quite used to the camera and doesn't mind exploring new surroundings! :)
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DarkshadeDX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
3 in total, I've had them all since they were Babies, except my male - Solar.
I initially had four, but one of my females passed away, she lost her tail in an escape, and then died from stress.
2 of mine are hypo carrot tails- my male is also a sunglow, but Gexy, my youngest female, is a regular leopard gecko :3
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My eldest (the one in this photo) is a normal, I have a male who's a hypo-tangerine carrot tail, their baby is a normal, and then I have a rehome gecko (from a classmate who moved to another country for a MSc course) that is an albino.
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trebleclef87 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful! I also like how you talk about how even if you're single, you can enjoy Valentine's Day
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If only everyone else realised that too (and for the commercialism of it, shops would make even more money if they realised that too and catered to EVERYONE instead of just couples :D)
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skullpunk666girl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's about the only really nice valentine card I've seen these many years.
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:iconemma-lawlor:
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw thanks :) my gecko's quite a lovely girl alright, perfect for the shot me thinks!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She is, indeed!
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
beautiful idea
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:iconmdmayberry:
mdmayberry Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love these, they're so pretty!
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Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
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Jan 10, 2012, 5:47:37 PM
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