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Now I dance the "Dance of my life" ...

Now I dance the
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-24 2:52
Viewed: 5102
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm so happy, the sun is shining again, it's warm and there are so many insects outside ;-)
It's May - so sure I'd like to show a typical insect of this Month: A Mayfly

The moment on this shot is special for me, because the "ready" mayfly is sitting next to its old sky on the caulis.

Mayflies are insects which belong to the Order Ephemeroptera.
Body length is 16-24 mm, wingspan up to 45 mm.
The front wing (Tegmina) are more than two times larger than the back wings (alae).

In Germany they are told “Eintagsfliege”, that means,
a fly that only lives for one day.
But they live - not as its name indicates only one day - but with a lifespan of only 2-4 days is their life realy very short.
In contrast their larvae spend up to three years under water and in this period, it changes its skin for more than 20 times. Then they go outside the water in a winged intermediate stage (Subimago).
At this stage, they live 24-30 hours, than they hatch again to be a sexually mature mayfly.
That's what we see here after the hatch.
The "finished" ephemera only exists for procreation, they will not eat any food.
After mating, they give the eggs into the water in flight, than they die.

But before that, they dance their "Dance of life with plenty of friends in the twilight above the nearest water …

Enjoy the day ...


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-24 2:55]

Hi Sabine,you was very lucky to meet a situation like that.....and what a fantastic pic!!!!Great pic,wonderfull sharpness and colors...many thanks for this gift to all.Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-24 6:25]

Hello Sabine,
Beautiful photo of this special moment. Very nice sharp details and natural colours. Good POV and OOF BG.

Thank you, good note, and... I just shot this in france and i didn't know what it was


hello Sabine

great timing to shoot this macro photo,
with very fine POV at their level, superbly focused
great sharpness and details, and a beautiful light, TFS


ı lıke so much and ı thınk tamron90mm 2,8 good lens..

hello Sabine
very good picture
super details and super sharpness
beautiful colours with good light
this Mayflies in not so many on TN
greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-24 10:36]
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Liebe Sabine,
Auch bei uns tanzen sie..und die Spatzen haben ihre Freude daran... ein schönes face à face mit seiner alten Haut :-). Interessanter Bildaufbau, gute Bildschärfe. Guter Begleittext auch. Wenn Du einmal ins Wallis kommst, zeige ich Dir einige Alpenblumen!
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Sabine friend,
Ah! a mayfly, with his old shirt! This photo has great value as a document and a technical level laudable. Good cut, very comprehensive, excellent height to place the main subject. Very good work friend Sabine!
PS: Thanks for the note attached, hummm.. they are really "ephemerals"

Ciao Sabine, fantastic macro of splendid couple, excellent sharpness and superb details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

great capture, greetings Ori

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-24 14:35]

Hi Sabine!
What a fantastic capture!!...great timing!
Excellent sharpness and superb details. Splendid light. Excellent blurry B/G.
Congratulations a lovely composition!
Ciuao! vanda

Hello Sabine,

an good macroshot with sharppness, details, pov and dof.
The only point he misses a piece left from the antennes,
Finen natural colours.
Your lucky to see this.


Good Morning BEF Sabine,

Excellent mayfly capture. It really interests me that you use fill flash, and the results are great. It gave enough light for separation from the background with great details.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


Hi Wishnu,
Excellent shot. Symetry is normally wrong in shots. This is sure an exception here. The adult and the exuvia are so similar in shape and yet so different. Presenting them in such a symetric way make the shot so brilliant.
(the only nit is the rotation 90ºCW)

Hy Sabine
An extraordinary image with this mayfly, both the old body and the new emerged insect, ready to fly, both in a silvery look. good composition as well!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-05-25 12:25]

Merhaba Sabine,
Muhteşem bir ikili, harika poz vermişler, çok güzel kompozisyon olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, selam ve sevgiler..

Hallo Sabine
wir hatten auch einen schönen und warmen WE seit langem,
ich sehe sie haben ihn ausgenuzt um interresanten Sujekte zu finden so wie diese Eintagsfliege, das Bild ist wirklich schön präsentiert
mir gefällt die guten einzelne details und auch die glänzende Flügel
Grüsse Jacqueline

Fantásticos detalles....saludos

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-25 14:00]

Hallo Sabine,
Wunderschönes Foto mit sehr interessanter Situation. Deine Beschreibung hat mein wissen über diese Mai fliege erweitert.
Liebe Grüße Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-25 20:25]

Hello Sabine,
what an interesting shot with excellence in sharpness and artistic beauty.
I could not sya much. One in a million shots and the oppotunity is well taken and well executed in goodness of a view.
Just like a dream.


Hallo Sabine

You have done a wonderful work again. I cannot understend, how I missed this beuty but finally I saw :) Bravo and TFS my dear friend.

Grüße aus der Türkei.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-26 3:26]

Hello Sabine,
You're very observant to find this newly emerged Mayfly! An excellent POV showing it sharply against the dark background. Beautiful light and natural colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Sabine

Verdaderamente haces unas fotos estupendas, como esta que la imagen inferior parece el propio reflejo del insecto, una foto magnifica y muy grata de ver.

Un saludo Antonio

Bonjour Sabine,

Isn't supposed to be vertical? Althougt it looks OK when I sit my monitor on its side.

Nice pretty shot, very sharp and well exposed with the flash. It is nice to compare it with its old skin. Nice work and TFS


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