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rapidshot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 419] (2844) [2010-09-16 8:27]

I don't know if I'd call this a failed shot. It looks really good to me. Alfred Hitchcock would be proud. Well done! The blurred wings give it a really nice look and all the colours in the picture are soft. Great! TFS Trevor

Crosman (89) [2008-08-26 13:45]

Outstandingly beautiful.

Roynsam Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 125] (451) [2008-02-06 11:09]

Hello Billy

Great photo of this magnificent creature.
His left eye is squinting against the windblown sand but his right eye seems to be firmly fixed on you.
A really excellent photo.
I just read your profile...I didn't know that the Royal Air Force had a base in Texas????

Thats my feeble attempt at humour.



snaphappy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 21 N: 233] (1948) [2007-08-18 2:07]

its probably one of the gold ringed dragonflies i think the markings vary. good luck in identifying it.

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2007-08-16 10:25]

This image reminds me a lot of taking pictures of turkey vultures at Canyon Lake, Arizona east of Phoenix. They are best photographed there in the early morning just after sunrise sunning themselves before starting their day.

At Canyon Lake they tend to gather on the roof tops of picnic areas similar to this. Not only do they have a good sense of smell as you indicate but they have excellent vision as well. Sneaking up on them to get a closeup picture is hard to do. :)

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2007-08-16 9:39] [+]

Very nice documentary capture of prickly pear fruit.

This image and your description of it are particularly meaningful to me...

I was lost without food or water in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona in the heat of summer for a week last year. In no small part I owe my survival because I found and ate prickly pear fruit just like what you have pictured here.

I peeled off the outer skin to eat the fruit. Those little whitish spots around the fruit have hundreds of tiny cilia-like spines that make eating them impossible if they are not removed beforehand. And there are a lot more seeds inside than I wanted to eat. But other than that they are VERY tasty and quite good.

You are right that you have to properly cook the pads to be edible. Ironically, though temperatures were over 100 degrees during the day I did not have anything to make a fire nor did I have a pot to cook the pads in. I tried peeling and eating them raw but it did not work well at all.

batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383) [2007-08-15 6:25]

Hello Billy,
your picture does not show the monarch Danaus plexippus but a male of the related species
- Danaus gilippus
Best wishes, Peter

rapidshot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 419] (2844) [2007-07-30 17:33]

That's interesting. I'll know what this is the next time I'm in the bush and see one. I had no idea they were that wide. This is a great post. TFS.

angybone Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684) [2007-07-18 6:55]

Nice photo with good lighting and details.
Yep, there's plenty of these little boogers around this year. I remember one year when I was a kid they were this bad. That was the year my brother and I, being entrepreneurs, decided to catch grasshopper and use all of mom's sandwich bags to package them for sale for bait. Poor grasshoppers! Poor mom! ha ha

go2stones Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 0 N: 389] (1279) [2007-06-21 9:05] [+]

The rich, warm colors of the sunset against the silhouette of the trees creates a great effect. Very nice!