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A breath of summer

A breath of summer
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/240 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 'Blues' of the Butterfly World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 12:17
Viewed: 4382
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
12 th november - a cold, stormy and rainy day. A good day for the bed.
Therefore I take a look into my archiv. Here I have little beautiful from a good summer day for you. I hope you like it too.



p.s.: I overcame my virus flu.

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution
Male uppersides are a beautiful iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges. They usually have some blue at the base of the wings and quite often, especially in Ireland and Scotland, are mostly blue but always have the red spots. Undersides have a greyish ground colour in the males and more brownish in the females. Both sexes have a row of red spots along the edge of the hindwings (extending onto the forewings though generally fainter, particularly in the males where they are sometimes missing altogether). There are about a dozen black centered white pots on the hind wings, nine on the forwings. The white fringe on the outer edge of the wings is not crossed with black lines as it is in the Chalkhill and Adonis Blues, an important difference when separating these species, particularly the females. It is Britains (and probably Europe's) commonest and most widespread blue, Found as far north as the Orkneys and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their foodplans are found. It is Widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.

Lifecycle and foodplants
The Main foodplant on most sites is Birds-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus. Others used include Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Common Restharrow Ononis repens, White Clover Trifolium repens and Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium. Eggs are laid singly on young shoots of their foodplants.The caterpillar is small, pale green with yellow stripes and as usual with lycid larvae rather sluglike. Hibernation occurs as a half grown larvae. They are attractive to ants but not as much as some other species of blues. The chrysalis is olive green/brown and formed on the ground where it is attended by ants which will often take it into their nests. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood flying between june and September. In a long warm year there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

Info from wikipedia.com

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-11-12 12:27]

Hi Heinz, very nice capture. Today I did the same, with all the rain its great to go through the archive. Its a nice soft image, fine background and good details. Thanks for this post and a good week. Reina

Hi Heinz,

This is another superb shot of Common blue from your hands
Exellent sharpness
Lovely composition
Vivid colours
Nicely framed
Good notes

TFS Thijs

Hi Hienz,
Good to know that you overcame that viris flu, great picture, the composition is excellent. The Patterns on its wings is amazing too
Goutham R

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2006-11-12 13:30]

Was du alles im Archiv hast. Mehr davon bitte! Wunderschöne Aufnahme.
LG Rose

I like the light and pastel like colors Heinz, well done. Well composed with great detail, POV, and a very pleasing BG.
Have a Great Day mf!

Delicada imagen Heinz. Precioso fondo y una muy hermosa composición. Una nota bastante aclaratoria.
Saludos amigo.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-12 14:09]

Hi Heinz

What a lovely shot with excellent composition and POV, the pastel colours are just beautiful and bring back memories of long hot summer days which now seem so long ago.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-12 14:25]

Hi Heinz, what a nice capture of this butterfly. Great sharpness and perfect colors. I like your composition too. Best regards, Didier.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-12 14:27]

Guten Abend Heinz,
Strukturen und Farben sind jeweils sehr zart und erscheinen aufeinander abgestimmt. Der 'unschuldige' Bläuling passt genau dahinein. Somit eine gelungene Komposition der Natur, von dir erkannt und wunderbar in Szene gesetzt.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-12 14:54]

Hello Heinz,
Wonderful close up.POV,colors,BG,framing,clear details,visual impact and composition are excellent.

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  • clack (98)
  • [2006-11-12 16:27]

Beautiful butterfly in the first place. You made a great composition of her and I like the colors, DOF and softness.
Thanks Claudia.

Hello Heinz
This Common Blue looks wonderful on this shot.
It is a very interesting shot due to the angle and the position of the butterfly.
Superb colors and details. Love the DOG and BG as a like very much the frame

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-12 19:34]

Hi Heinz, this looks very soft and dainty, with such pretty colours. Well composed too. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-12 19:58]

Hallo Heinz,
hoffe die Grippe ist vorbei.

Der leuchtet ja richtig!
Ein ausgezeichnetes Makro und ganz tolle Bildgestaltung. Ganz großartig passt hier der Hintergrund zum Flattermann. Die Schaerfe und die Freistellung sind wie immer bestens.
Gruss Sky

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-12 21:11]

Hello Heinz

Very lovely photo with artistic composition.A dainty ,fragile feel to this shot.The colours are well saturated and the POV is very good.Excellent detail and sharpness.The flowers are beautiful,and the blurred BG is wonderful too.TFS


Hello Heinz

You have captured this just perfectly. I love the soft colours in this shot. Brilliant work and an absolute pleasure to view! Thank you my friend!

hi heinz,
what a lovely capture of common blue,
well composed, nicely framed,
nice pov, good dof, good bg,
sharpness and focus is good,
soft and beautiful colours,
well done, tfs & regards

Hello Heinz,
I am glad to know that we are not the only country where it is always raining those days… You found a little treasure in you archives! This is so nice and delicate with those soft pastel colors. I like this picture a lot. This composition and POV are very sophisticated and I like those great details with this wonderful BG. This is very well done! TFS,

bonjour heinz
encore une reussite.
le BG coloré fait bien ressortir ce petit papillon.bonne netteté sur le sujet.

Hallo Heinz,
da kommt wieder mein kleiner Liebling - diese Bläulinge sind so süß - aber auch stets so hektisch. Auf dieser zarten Blüte sitzt er wunderschön. Vielen Dank, ich wünsch' Dir einen guten Wochenstart
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Punkte kommen morgen

Hallo Heinz,
sehr ansprechendes Foto des Wiesenstücks mit Bläuling,
in duftigen zarten Farben, voll Poesie.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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