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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-18 14:15]

Dear Laszlo,
emotionally moving view over the snowy hills of eastern Hungary on a bright and very clear day in late winter of 2013. The valley is leading the spectator's view far out into the distant plains. The warm brown hues of naked deciduous trees are embraced by the cold blue of distance and the patch of snow in the foreground. Your picture is telling the ambiguous story of farewell to your beloved homeland Hungary, and the excitement immediately before the daring step of starting a new life in the distant and quite different country Ireland that now has become a beloved second homeland to you.
Cheers to the Irish Hungarian on St. Patrick's day - and to your 400th posting to TN!
With best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 9:38]

Dear Gert,
wonderful, refreshingly colourful portrait of the rare Clouded Apollo in a pleasantly relaxed pose of sucking nectar from Geranium blossoms on a bright sunny day of early summer!
Thank you for your visit and kind words to my recent posting of the Caucasian Apollo Parnassius nordmanni. You mentioned the obvious close relationship between that endemite species of high altitudes of the Caucausus and the Clouded Apollo P. mnemosyne of our European hills and lowlands. They do look and behave quite similar, P. nordmanni still showing some red aposematic coloration like its larger and widely distributed relative P. apollo, while P. mnemosyne's patterns have completely abandoned those eye-spots. While P. apollo caterpillars are feeding on Sedum and Sempervivum, P. nordmanni and P. menmosyne have chosen a very different family of plants for their larval food: Corydalis.
With thanks, and best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 9:22]

Dear Gert,
very exciting, charming encounter with this speedy day-active little hawkmoth, taken from a perfect low side-frontal point of view, perfectly focussed with a sufficiently short depth of field that allows a sharp view of exactly the main the parts of interest while blurring the vegetation around into a perfectly clean distant background, Wonderful! Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 9:12]

Liebe Anne,
erfrischend lebendiges Vogelportrait von ausserordentlicher Unmittelbarkeit und Natürlichkeit, dass Betrachter sofort in den Bann zieht! Man hört geradezu das Wasser rauschen und spürt die von dem badenden Vogel ausgelösten Wasserspritzer. Dicht über dem wilden Wasser hast Du Dich dem Häher fast in Augenhöhe auf sehr knappe Entfernung angenähert. Meine Bewunderung dafür, dass Du Dich so direkt in die Szene begeben und zugleich auch das Vertrauen dieses Waldvogels gewonnen hast. Schärfe und Ausleuchtung im Dunkel des Dickichts lassen keine Wünsche offen. Die unscharfen Bildpartien links oben und rechts unten stammen wohl von dicht vor die Kameralinse geratenen Zweigen. Leicht ließen sich diese Stellen durch die Auswahl eines engeren Bildausschnittes um den Vogel - so wie etwa Luciano empfiehlt - entfernen. Doch sehe ich zugleich, dass diese nebelhaften Bildpartien die Umgebung sehr vorteilhaft miteinbeziehen und der Dramatik dieser Begegnung im Dickicht sehr gut entsprechen. Glückwunsch und Freude über diesen wunderbaren neuen Beitrag von Dir!
Mit Dank und herzlichem Gruss aus Wien,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:25]

Hola José,
pretty macro of Machaon's conspicuous caterpillar, clear, sharp, nicely well lighted, well composed. Never noticed those spiny warts on the adult caterpillar's skin, so it might be an early stage that you are showing here.
A truly nice addition to your recent series of swollowtail portraits.
Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:14]

Hello Ori,
cheerfully eye catching image, showing fine details and hues of delicious pale colours in Anemone's freshly opened blossoms.
Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:11]

Hello Hassan,
pretty blossom, well focussed in a pleasant soft light that is bringing out Borago's fluffy hairs very nicely. A plant that is well appreciated in our gardens, never seen so early in the year here. Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:06]

Hello Srikumar,
pretty portrait of this species. Composition remarkably well reduced to the essence of just three elements: 1- the bird, 2 - the piece of wood that it is sitting on, 3 - the tiny granule of food that may have attracted to bird. Nicely supporting distant background in the colours of desert or dry vegetation. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-14 10:52]

Hola Jose,
beautifully clear and precise capture of a fresh young specimen of the European Swallowtail. I like the soft and tender light that is directing all the attention to the strongly contrasting colours of wings. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-14 10:46]

Hello Srikumar,
marvellous capture in beautiful tender colours in the soft backlight of early morning, perfectly composed. A striking beauty. Congratulations!
With best regards,
Peter