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3 Years with TN!

3 Years with TN!
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-08 22:03
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like to use this recently-taken image to celebrate my three years with TN!

I take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship, advice and comments, sharing your nature photos and your knowledge on this unique site these last three years.

Brown Hairstreak male (Thecla betulae)
Swedish name: Eldsnabbvinge, meaning ‘fiery hairstreak’.

This beautiful little butterfly appears in August and the colours of the closed wings reflect the beginnings of the autumn when some leaves begin to change to the autumnal colours. In this way it is often difficult to spot when settled and as it is not really common it is always special when seen.

This recently-emerged male has his wing ‘tails’ still entirely intact. They soon get worn and are often pecked at by a bird that is cheated into thinking that it is the head, a phenomenon often used by hairstreaks with their wing tails.
The female is an even brighter orange, almost red. See Grzegorz’s (red45) fine photo posted yesterday. She has two large orange patches on the upper surface of the forewing while the male is a dull dark brown. This is another instance where the female is more attractive than the male (from a human POV).

This species is widely distributed in Europe and occurs in S. Sweden where there are sloe bushes, its larval host plant. The female spends a lot of time after fertilization waiting for her eggs to develop and feeds on flowers like thistles and knapweed.
Sometimes when there is a lot of honey-dew produced by aphids on trees like oak, she will feed on that too, to eventually lay her white eggs singly on the tip of a sloe branch at the end of August or beginning of September. These eggs can be seen during the winter on the bare branches.

This photo was taken in bright sunshine, the thistle flower being dominant to show how important these flowers are as a source of nectar in late summer.

It was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-08 22:15]

Congrats and wish to see your images in many more years. Good image, very simple and beautiful butterfly on a colorful flower. tfs.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-08 22:48]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Muchas Felicidades por estos primeros 3 años de estancia en TN, y que mejor celebracion que una muy bella imagen y exelente nota.
Muy hermosa foto. Saludos y un abrazo.

Hello Ivan
Congrats on your third 'birthday'! An excellent image to celebrate it with, not least as the subject can be hard to find. Excellent colours and details, and the flower against the dark background works perfectly.
Kindest Regards

Hi and Good monrming Dostum!
Congretulations! for 3rd anniversary!
You selected a spectacular butterfly for celebrate this special day!
You shared with us your excellent shots and also your great knowledge during that time MF! Thus i indebted to you!
Thanks a lot for all contributions MF!
All the best!Have a great day!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-09 0:35]

I wish you 100 years, here on TN!
Whit this wonderful capture, you celebrate a great anniversary!!!

Hello Ivan
congratulations for your 3 years on TN.
The focusing on the Thecla betulae is perfect. Excellent the composition of colors that give a great contrast between the little insect and the flower. Great hand of light and exposure with very impressive sharpness and colours.

Hi Ivan,
Congratulations with reaching this milestone. It is actually the day that number 3 is also special for me. I just posted my 300th photo.
This is a really beautiful photo with stunning details and wonderful light. It is as if the flowers has these wonderful little sparkles. The details on the butterfly are remarkable and I love how is is really digging into to the flower.

Good Morning, Ivan!

Great celebrations with wonderful contribution! The brown hairstreak male looks adorable with this purple flower...Wow! The sharpness and POV is great as always.

Have a nice Sunday!

with best regards,
Paras Bhalla

Hi Ivan
Special photo for your third anniversarry. Great shot of beautiful hairstreak. Perfect sharpness, good exposure. Nothing to critique I am waiting for more photos in your gallery
Best wishes

ciao Ivan!
congratulazioni per i 3 anni su Trek Nature!
la bella Thecla betulae e' davvero un ottima scelta per questa ricorrenza,i dettagli e la definizione perfetti

buona domenica sERGIO

Hello Ivan, superb shot from TN's great nature photographer and thanks a lot for your all contribution to us. We are learning from your shots evertime.
Warm regards,

Hi Ivan.
Congratulations! A pretty butterfly having beautiful colors and very good details...
Technically perfect....Nice composition also sharpness and colors excellent...TFS.

Hello Ivan,

An outstanding capture with brilliant colors, sharpness & fine details. Nicely done & TFS.

Big Congrats. on your 3 years on TN !



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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-09 4:22]

Slav Ivan,
Congratulations for your 3. years on TN....
Great capture of this lovely butterfly with excellent sharpness and details.Nice colors.THanks for sharing.

Hi Ivan

Congratulations on 3 years, personally I thought you'd been with us longer than that. Anyway, let me say here I really enjoy your contribution to the site. I always look forward to seeing your work with that fine lens you own.
Great shot of this lovely hairstreak on a thistle. Excellent sharpness and details, great composition, great DOf and OOF background.
Well done


Hi İvan,

A great shot. Composition of the beauty and color into this tiny square in the picture was impressive. TFS.

Best Regards.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-08-09 6:12]
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Congrats Sir Ivan and thanks for all sharing with us.
As always you made a perfect presentation with high quality image of this beauty.
TFS and regards, Mehmet

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-09 7:04]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on your 3 years on TN. During this years you were a great example for me. In the quality of the photos and your knowledges about nature is fantastic. Thanks a lot. You celebrate this with an excellent photo as usual. Everything is so good and beautiful. Up to the next year.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-08-09 7:34]

Hello Ivan!

Congratulations and than you for your hard work and many great photos posted here!

Great photo of hairstreak, butterfly not very easy to capture. Quality is excellent and I like also composition with perfect DOF. I hope we'll see many more photos from you!

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful shot of this pretty butterfly with lovely pose, beautiful colours and details.
Also congratulations on your third anniversary on TN and thank you very much for everthing.
Kind regards, Bahadır

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-09 9:45]

Hello Ivan
Congratulations, your three years passed on TN. I hope that long time we'll be look at yours photo of nature. I like to read yours note and comment which are usually interesting. Pattern of the wings this species is very nice and flower against black BG look perfectly.
Regards, Pawel

The pleasure is very obviously ours, my dear friend Ivan!
So I congratulate myself more than I do so you, that and institution of knowledge like you, is a part of this site!
Thanks so much for all that you've taught us!

Hello Ivan,
This is a very good choise to celebrate your TN 3rd anniversary! This Thecla betulae is georgious, with an excellent management of light on the butterfly and the flower. The sharpness is perfect! Thank you so much for your contributions, critics, ID and advises on TN. We all learn a lot from you... including in this photo! Cheers,

Hello Ivan,
Excellent celebration picture. One of my favourite subjects, of course. Many thanks for all the pictures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-09 11:53]

Hi Ivan,nothing better to celebrate the 3th year! A great gift for all the butterflies fans like me,impressive pic of a beautiful specie,i know how are littles and how isn't easy a perfect pic like that! TN need you..and we too!My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Ivan,

Happy 3rd anniversary in TN! ... excellent picture to hold, excellent angle of capture and beautiful details, as always, the handling of the lens is superb. Very good light balance achieved on the whole, making the flower, the essence and insect shared a perfect detail.

Regards & TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-09 12:19]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations!for your 3 years on TN.Great and perfect macro capture of a beautiful butterfly with splendid details, wondereful DOF and POV my friend.Best regards Siggi

hello Ivan
congretulations with your 3 years on TN
i have seen many beautiful picture´s of you
Also this one with great details and very good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

hello Ivan
Congratulations for your 3rd anniversary on This site,
this butterfly is very beautiful and taken very sharply, the fine details on the flower and the texture of the wings are superb
wonderful colors and lighting
Have a good night

Hola Ivan,
una bonita manera de celebrar tu tercer aniversario en Tn ( más o menos como yo )
y es publicando una bella mariposa: enhorabuena.
Espeo pues verte bastante tiempo aún por aquí.
Buena semana Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-09 16:42]

Hi Ivan,

Happy Third Anniversary. You came on board three months after I did and I just cannot imagine TN without you. You have educated me and motivated me. I'm so proud to be able to call you friend. A beautiful butterfly to celebrate with and a fine example of all the beauties you have posted in the past three years. Here's to the next three!!


Hello Ivan,
a nicely composed portrait of Th. betulae with both butterfly and blossom in very well placed position, well isolated with much impact from a dark background. Good details and pleasantly naturalistic colours under rather difficult natural light conditions.
My congratulations to your 3rd anniversary! You have been very prolific and successful in these years here, sharing a very broad and rich sprectre of observations and your expert knowledge with us, and giving a lot of very constructive critiques and comments. We all ow you a lot for all your valuable contributions here. Looking forward to many more years to come!
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations for your 3 years anniversary and also for this perfect photo, great composition with good details and colours
Well done

3 years...my how time flies...a bit faster to me and maybe a bit to you...some days it all seems like more of a memory...ah well..on to the image..

What you HAVE done is diminished the flora just enough so that the butterfly gets full stage...Quit the nice lighting trick there..I think I know how you did it...but my butterfly work will have to wait another day!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-13 4:38]

Hi Ivan,
Congratulations ... !
and a very nice butterfly macro photo.
Colors are great, detail is excellent.
Best wishes,

Hej Ivan dostum
sorry for my delay. As I noted in my last post, I have been in field works for a long time. I have not just returned to my home for one and half month.
Well, congratulations on your 3rd years on TN. I hope we will see you and your great posts here for many years.
This is great selection to celebrate. Great sharp details, POV, composition and marvellous colors. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Best regards to you and Ulla.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2009-08-13 9:33]

Hi Ivan
Good colours and light also good omposition and POV.( as usual)

Well done mf


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-08-14 6:57]

Hi Ivan,
3 years of vital and much appreciated expertise, as well as friendly constructive criticism and comment. You are an important source of knowledge here to many members, myself included (when i dip my foot in shooting creatures!)
A superb image to celebrate with - lovely natural colours, perfect DOF, crystal clear sharpness and detail, well done.

Hello Ivan,
congratulations, you are a very important "landmark" for all members on TN, your knowledges about Nature are absolutely necessary and useful to me and i think to all friends on TN; a fantastic picture of the Brown Hairstreak taken from an excellent POV in a nice pose, superb sharpness and splendid colours in a pleasant composition.
Have a good week.
Ciao Maurizio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-08-20 20:58]
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Dear Ivan,
These congratulatory wishes for your 3rd anniversary at TN is a belated one.
I havent been around much with critiquing, but this message comes with all the admiration i have for you as fellow TNer and your work.

Excellent capture- the image is razor sharp bringing out the patterns on the Hairstreak very well.The smooth velvety texture of its wings can be felt just one looks at the picture.

Thanks a lot for sharing not just this and all your finds but also for your knowledge and understanding of the wild world.

Take care.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-09-08 16:19]

hello Ivan,
ıt is wonderful species!!!exellent macro with vivid colors and perfect focus.
Best regards

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