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1st happy year in TN family
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !"The eyes have it..." [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-30 0:09
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photography makes wonders (Confession)

I was born in the USSR and I loved my native land (country) despite the terrible vices of its social system. Most of us studded and worked hard to improve our life (society). It was so difficult but possible. However, the people thirsty for power have razed our world in 1991.

It were wrecked the social institutes, national economy, moral, culture, arts, education, sciences and so on. The criminal and ignorant people had seized state power; the plunder of state property had begun. (In the USSR, all property was social, state).

The majority of people had lost work and all their savings, many of them were taking ill, the some people had prematurely died or had left the country. The situation in the country was much more terrible, than in Great Depression in 1929-1933, because of in Ukraine the deepest total system crisis was.

Now in the country the situation of constant struggle for repartition of authority and the property, ruthless exploitation of citizens and environments for the sake of a profit of those who has seized power reigns. I cannot be proud of the country now but I love our places and ordinary people.

Certainly, these conditions are natural to young generation. The tourist also can not notice many displays of these phenomena. However I speak about an essence of happening, instead of about the external form.

I was surprised when I received from my old friends who now live in other countries sonnet 66 written by Shakespeare many-many years ago. It reflects the mood of the people as me exactly.

Tir’d with all these for restful death I cry,
As to behold Desert a beggar born,
And needy Nothing trimm’d in jollity,
And purest Faith unhappily forsworn,
And gilded Honour shamefully misplac’d,
And meiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right Perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And Strength by limping Sway disabled,
And Art made tongue-tide by Authority,
And Folly( doctor-like) controlling skill,
And simple Truth miscall’d Simplicity,
And captive Good attending captain ill:
Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,
Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.

You can find translation into some languages here: Sonnet 66

I should live for many reasons though I have lost health and therefor a lot of other common pleasures of a life, pleasure from favorite in former time work (sciences in Ukraine have died) and many old friends (or I only thought that they were my friends). There was only one stable foot-hold – my family

I purposefully searched for new additional footings in this life. Now I can safely say: I have found it and this is you, my new TN family.

I always loved the Nature and photography. Just now, I have an opportunity to have nice photo equipment and to spend a lot of time on the nature walking around my countryside house (as a rest after work) and taking photos. I am happy that I managed to find this site and you here.

This site is the best (despite some weak points, for example, point system). Here many remarkable people who also love photography, nature, and ready to share their pictures, advices and skill, feeling and thoughts. I use TN environment as a source of fresh air, positive emotions and powerful tool of own improvements (in many respects not only in photography).

I am very grateful to all of you, my dear friends. You are one of the most beautiful parts of my new life. Photography (and TN) makes wonders. It returns me to a high-grade life.

Additional info:
I have never seen anything similar. This giant moth is also fate's gift and gladness to me.

I express greater gratitude to Ivan Kruys (Argus) who has helped me to identify species of this moth correctly.

Species: Saturnia pyri
Links: Great Peacock Moth, Great Peacock Moth, Saturnia pyri, Saturnia pyri.

Moth size: 120-130 mm
Additional lens: TC Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To NellyD: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 07-01 11:52
To valy67: Pearl of TNAlex99 1 07-01 11:50
To cicindela: 10 years!!!Alex99 1 06-23 13:45
To captainsgirl: Thank you a lot.Alex99 1 06-19 14:40
To Amerek2: Thanks.Alex99 1 06-19 14:38
To Shoot_Score: Kind soul.Alex99 1 06-15 14:22
To XOTAELE: Thanks.Alex99 1 06-15 14:13
To saguzar: Thank you a lot.Alex99 1 06-15 14:10
To Jamesp: Many thanks.Alex99 1 06-15 14:07
To cloud: Thanks.Alex99 1 06-07 10:52
To Juyona: Many Thanks.Alex99 1 06-07 10:50
To aido: Reasonable ratio.Alex99 1 06-07 10:49
To pvb: Heartiness. Thanks.Alex99 1 06-04 13:49
To cataclysta: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 06-04 13:46
To mrcrow: Thanks.Alex99 1 06-04 13:44
To nimou: Person of the same age.Alex99 1 06-04 13:41
To meyerd: Great, heart comments.Alex99 1 06-04 13:37
To SelenE: Kind regards.Alex99 1 06-03 16:13
To jeanpaul: Sources of inspiration.Alex99 1 06-03 16:10
To jignasi: Wisdom.Alex99 1 06-03 16:07
To hester: Encouragement and interest.Alex99 1 06-03 15:58
To anahory: Exactness and heartness.Alex99 1 06-03 15:55
To red45: Ñonsent and mutual understandingAlex99 1 06-03 15:44
To claudine: Sincerity and friendshipAlex99 1 06-02 15:13
To arfer: TN friends. It is cool.Alex99 1 06-02 15:03
To oscarromulus: Medicine.Alex99 1 06-02 14:55
To peter_stoeckl: ThanksAlex99 1 06-02 14:52
To demeve: My best wishesþAlex99 1 06-02 14:41
To marhowie: In the hope. Thanks.Alex99 1 06-02 14:39
To jaycee: ThanksAlex99 1 06-02 14:36
To iris: Heartiness. Thanks.Alex99 1 06-02 14:34
To delic: Optimism and thanks.Alex99 1 06-01 13:14
To Adanac: Thanks.Alex99 1 06-01 13:04
To jmp: SatisfactionAlex99 1 06-01 12:57
To izler: Always besideAlex99 1 06-01 12:53
To Hil: FascinationAlex99 1 06-01 12:49
To Silvio2006: GratitudeAlex99 1 06-01 12:42
To ramthakur: Heart words. Thanks.Alex99 1 06-01 12:38
To wishnugaruda: HappinessAlex99 1 06-01 08:20
To ellis49: All togetherAlex99 1 06-01 08:15
To horia: Against the moral degradationþAlex99 1 06-01 08:06
To Mana: ComprehensionAlex99 1 06-01 07:57
To SkyF: Gives of strengthAlex99 1 06-01 07:51
To sandpiper2: Thanks.Alex99 1 06-01 07:47
To marmottelolo: Oversight and best wishesAlex99 1 06-01 07:44
To Maite: Kind peopleAlex99 1 06-01 07:32
To marmottelolo: Sense of a lifeAlex99 1 05-31 13:18
To TAZ: Kind people + Nature + Photo + FriendshipAlex99 1 05-31 12:57
To JORAPAVI: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 05-31 12:48
To jcoowanitwong: True friendship.Alex99 1 05-31 12:43
To mikou: Destiny.Alex99 1 05-31 12:40
To uleko: Charging.Alex99 1 05-31 06:48
To anel: Key point.Alex99 1 05-31 06:26
To dew77: Liberality of soul.Alex99 1 05-31 05:55
To pvs: "Older KM brother"Alex99 1 05-31 05:50
To manyee: Charming part.Alex99 1 05-31 05:46
To pablominto: Russian bobpot9Alex99 1 05-31 05:41
To Ken52: KindnessAlex99 1 05-31 05:35
To JoseMiguel: Thanks.Alex99 1 05-31 05:26
To Argus: Saturnia pyriAlex99 1 05-30 12:16
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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-30 0:57]
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Hi Alexei,

CONGRATULATIONS on one year! You have given as much to TN as you have received. I have enjoyed your photos and notes.

I am saddened for you about the impact that political changes have brought to your homeland in the past 15 years. You represent the best of the old USSR. I am glad you are finding some joy in photography. It has also brought me joy after a difficult time.

This is a very interesting post of the large moth. The colors are beautiful. Yet another gift of nature that we should all take time to appreciate. Great details visible with your excellent focus and the perfect exposure.

Best Wishes,

I like the focus and the details you captured. It is a very good setting for this butterfly.

Hello Alexei,
I enjoyed reading your notes, thank you for that, it must be difficult for you to cope with the changes. I am glad that you have the photography to capture the small joys in life. Your image of this glorious looking moth is amazing. Such perfect detail. Thank you so much for sharing.
Cheers, from Australia,

Hello Alexei,
And this is a great image to celebrate the event!
Great butterfly, looking like it is made of velvet, pleasant textures...
Good diagonal main lines in composition, attractive colours!
Pablo -

Dear Alexei,
Congratulations on your first year anniversary on TN!
It is an amazing community where people come together to share their love of nature, their passion for photography, and to learn from each other, away from the troubles of the world.
This moth is spectacular... a gift of nature for sure. : )
You did a great job of capturing its beauty in an equally beautiful environment. The POV and composition are wonderful.
I have enjoyed your many photos and am looking forward to seeing more.
Thank you for sharing and being such a positive member of this TN family.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-05-30 2:39]
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Hi Alexei,

Congratulations with your 1st anniversary,hope that more will follow,you are an appraised member of this family and it is always a pleasure to read your informative notes,hope that you can continue find the pleasure and joy in photography and (Trek)Nature despite the changed situations at home for the future as well.

an impressive macro with good colors and details,I see that we have a similair plant in our garden,however it is still green at the moment I know it attracts a lot of butterflies,anyway well done on this on and tfs

your friend,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-30 3:18]
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Hello Alexei,
Congratulations on your first year on TN: your skills as a photographer are much appreciated by many of us on TN and we are grateful for your notes and critiques.

I find your note touching and it expresses a feeling and desire that many of us on TN share.
We need to be close to nature and photography is one way of expressing that need. It is also enriched by contacts throughout the world through TN. In this way, as you say, we are one big family. So I thank you, my friend, for expressing it.

Now to this wonderful sharp and well presented shot of a Peacock Moth: you are right, this is a Saturnia species, but not pavonia.
This is the Greater Peacock Moth, Saturnia pyri, found in Southern and Eastern Europe.

Thanks again,
With best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-30 4:33]
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Privet Alexei,
Beautiful capture of this interesting butterly.POV,cross framing and exposure are excellent.I liked your note a lot.Congratulations on your first anniversitary:)Have great day!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-30 5:13]
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Hello Alexei,
We are all touched by what you write here and the way you present it. That you mention also the international and familiar aspect of TN, is wonderful. I also see that you are very concerned by what happens in your country. We from outside just can follow a minimum and we see that there is a big struggle for power, we just hope that there will be a positive end.
The picture you have chosen for your first anniversary on TN is great. This Greater Peacock moth is one I'm looking for since quite a long time, without never finding it. So at least, there it is , in all its beauty.
Thank's for your interesting contributions which are an enrichement for us all.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-30 5:16]
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Hello Alexei,
Congratulations on your first year anniversary! Your presence here is valuable and your contributions great.
When I first joined TN I thought it a bit strange the way people called each other "friends" and "our big family" but with time I've become totally involved and the sense of togetherness here is amazing. You get to know people by seeing what they see and by interpreting what they write and I'm glad I've got to know you!

The picture you've chosen to commemorate this great day is terrific. This moth is so beautiful and your capture on the Lilac is brilliant! (I must tell you that this moth once landed on my shoe when walking through a village in Spain. We've got an old picture of it and it was nearly as big as my shoe!!)
Many thanks, Alexei, and all the best for the future! Ulla

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-30 5:16]
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Hi Alexei.
Excellent capture of this amazing moth on nice flowers of this Common Lilac.Superb composition and perfect your used POV holds the entire moth in focus.Wonderful view on his textures on wings,so did I this yet haven't seen.Colors and details are beautiful.Superb done!

I congratulate you to your anniversary and I wish you much healthiniss and optimism to the of your life in your beloved native land.Take care.
Best greetings Milos.

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful moth picture. Camera settings are great. I like reading your impressive note. Also congratulations to your first year with this big and happy TN family and looking forward to many more years to come.

Hola Alexei,

Felicidades por tu primer año en TN, he disfrutado mucho de sus fotos y tus notas, espero seguir haciendolo muchos años mas.
Excelente imagen capturada, buenas texturas y excelente la nitidez y detalles conseguidos. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-30 7:27]
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Hello dear Alexei,
Congratulations for the first year with us on TN and for your wonderful shots as this one today !
I am touched by your message about you and your country...
Ok for weak points of the TN system, but the most impormant are Nature + Photo + Friendship !
Best wishes my friend,
Christian from France

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-30 8:03]
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Hello dear Alexei
Your first year in TN, and how many joy you have given with all your posts, and notes, and comments and far valuable lessons!!
I am deeply moved not only by the beauty and perfection of this new and interesting post, but by your note laden with feeling and deep reflection. I regret that you have gone through such bad times and the new hard situation in your country. But our heart is always here for you, who has shown to have a great good heart with all.
I really hope you the best, recovering your health and status, and enjoying the luck and fortune you've got in your family.
And, please, making a lot of wonderful pictures more, like those you have posted so far.
This is really a great and marvellous moth, not mine! I love the way you captured it upon the lilacs!
Magnificent job, my friend.
Thank you very much for all.
My best regards.

bonjour alexei
oui eh bien pas grand chose a dire cette fois encore,la DOF est excellente et beaucoup de details sur ce papillon.
jolis motifs et couleurs.

Hi Alexei,
First of all, I want to congratulate you for this first year here in TN, hope it would be many more still to come. The high quality of all your posts, your human side, and the magnificent use of the written words made you a unique member of the TN family.
I'm so touched by the message you have been sending us lately, I know how hard it is, and the brave position you had asumed.
In this picture you show us a spectacular moth, the colours and false eyes on its wings are very imppressive.
I like so much the composition made with the moth, the greens of the leaves and the purple of the flowers; a very harmonic one.
My compliments for the photo and for the 1st. year here.
Thanks for share the photo and my best regards,

A year is a long time and I agree TN has many fine qualities and brings together an unusual mix of people from all over the world.
I hope your country finds its way through these troubled times.
Great shot of the moth.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-30 8:42]
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Hello Alexei,
it's been a year already, wow time passes quick.
I really enjoy your postings here on TN, you been a lot of help with your coments and lessons.
Hoping there is much mor to come just like this wondeful photograph.
Excellent work, DOF is great and the details are fabulous.
TFS..and congrats on your 1rst year.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-30 9:55]
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Hi Alexei,
Congratulations on your one year. I suppose you have achieved more than you had even thought you will in this one year, leave aside photographs and the points. There is a bonding and a camaraderie which I feel has become so vital part of our life today. To interact ideas, discuss finer points, exchange thoughts and foremost, the sense of belonging. Your impression of your country and the sad undertone has blossomed into such a beautiful expression of love for nature that everything has been left behind. The joy and excitement of looking at our world through our lenses gives so much satisfaction and inner happiness that one wishes time to stop.
May you regale us with your amazing photographs of your world of living beings. Many more years...........

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-30 11:42]
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Hi Alexei

Probably i can understand you better than most. I know what you mean about the USSR and about communism. It did have its advantages.
Here, too, a lot of things have changed and the future for young people is less than certain anymore. I can speak more from that point of view because it's my case. Sometime ago, if you graduated from college with good grades, you would get a good and secure job. Now...you can still be unemployed. :(

Anyway, i'm glad to hear that you are having such a good time here with us :) Let me assure you that the feeling is mutual and that your presence here is definitely noticed and cherished by many members.

This is a splendid capture of this interesting and very big moth.
It really appears huge only by looking at the picture :)
The details here are excellent and the colors (both the moth and the flower) are lovely.
The pattern (with the "eyes" on the wings) is really amazing and i also love the diagonal composition that you so nicely have created.

Bravo, my friend, for another wonderful post, TFS, and happy TN-day :))

Hi Alexei,
congrats for your first year, I hope it will be many more.
It have been great to have you here on TN, always with good
and decent comments and also posting great shots.
The picture is very nice with very good POV and compostion.
Good details and nice colours.
Well done, my friend.

Belle photo de cet insecte. Amitiés Thomas

HI Alexei,
first of all I'd like to say that I'm so happy that we met here, I love your shots and thanks so much for your wonderful critiques during the time, giving me good feedback, that's a wonderful gift, your a real friend, thanks.
Your shots are amazing - special this one - you are so lucky to see this beauty, it's marvelous, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Dear Alexei,
First of all, this is a fantastic capture of this huge and beautiful moth.
The camerawork is immaculate as ever.
The entire composition pleases the eye.

Secondly, I empathize with your feelings and emotions vis-a-vis your past and present as the citizen of a country that has gone through a lot in the last one century.

Thirdly, I am with you in your sentiments about TN community. It is the only site on the entire worldwide web where we experience a deep sense of belonging.

Fourthly, congratulations on completing one year on TN. Your work and words have been a source of great inspiration for all of us.

Wishing you all the best in your second year.
Warm regards,

Hi Alexei, congratulations for your first year on TN, thanks for your splendid photos and for your useful critics, I learn a lot from those, This Saturnia is fascinating with splendid light and colors, excellent focus and sharpness, very well done, BRAVO! ciao Silvio

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-30 15:02]
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Hi Alexei,

Happy 1st Anniversary and I'm pleased you have found a lot of Happiness through this site, you have certainly added a lot to TN with all your great shots and all your contributions through critiques and advice.

Its a lovely shot of the Great Peacock Moth, nicely compsoed shot with a lovely classic diagonal pose, very nice detail and fantastic colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Wow Alexei a beauty you got the detail and composition is nice a very interesting shot tfs rgds Necip.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-30 16:11]
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merhaba my friend
congratulations for your 1st happy year in TN family
i see wonderful close-up working on this interesting and beautiful moth
composition, point of view, depth of field, lighting, colours, focus, sharpness, details and note are great
thanks for sharing

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-30 17:08]
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Hi Alexi,
Beautiful moth and a really huge, warm, heart-touching note. I'm satisfied of being a part of your note.
Best regards mf. My best wishes for you, your beloved and your country.
José Miguel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-30 22:23]
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Hello Alexi,
First congratulations on your one year anniversary. Your macro work here is superb due to your fantastic camera work, thanks Alexi.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-31 2:38]
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Hello Alexei,
Change is always a painful process. But once the dust settles and the check & balance mechanisms are established, things will look better. One positive aspect is that common people are assuming responsibility for their future. Well, if you think I'm an optimist, how could I not be one after seeing this beautiful photo of yours? The texture and patterns on the moth are sharply presented against a two-colored background. Very nice work. Happy anniversary!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-31 6:42]
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Dear Alexei
A very good shot to complete your one year to celebrate the time you have spent with friends whom you love, for the time to forget the worrying systems, but for the times to see and feel life and nature around.

The details on this shot are amazing and i really love the way you have placed the butterfly diagonally in the frame and managed to fill it as well.

A really fitting capture to express the happiness you feel being part of this family....filling you with contentment and encouraging you to go on in life.

So keep going, as steady as you are..You are blessed with a real talent to capture life around in your creative style and composition.
May God Bless you with Good Health and Peace....rest assured, Happiness and Energy to live will follow.

TFS & Cheers

Hello Alexie.

excellent picture, very good details.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-31 10:34]
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Hi Alex,

A wonderful post to celebrate your first year on TN. This beautiful butterfly on the lovely flower is absolutely perfect. Wonderful colors, details, composition - a delight to see.

I found your notes very touching.


Wow Alex, some very beautiful colors in this capture..
Perfect exposure and great DOF/details.
Well composed as well mf. You managed the capture in expert fashion.
A gift to you, but a greater gift to all of us here at TN.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-05-31 12:29]

Belle forme très aérodynamique.
Bonne soirée.

Hello Alexei, excellent photo of this beautiful Moth, you have a fantastic collection of photos.the POV, and composition are fantastic, congratulations in a fine capture, and thanks for sharing a little bit of your feelings about all the injustice that we find not only in Russia but all over the world...

hello ALEX
bravo, un super macro d'un papillon magnifique, belles formes,parfaites couleurs nettes
gravo, toutest parfait

Dear Alexei,
what a great luck, and amazingly beautiful capture of Europe's largest Emperor Moth, the Great Peacock Saturnia pyri! Exciting to see it perfectly situated on a bunch of lilac to remember us of the time of year it is around to spend its short life as a moth.
Not able to take in any food, but totally depending on its reserves of fat from the larval stage, it would not live longer than just a few days.
The composition is very well done with great artistic feeling. For eyes designed to shock predators are looking down on us in a charming way, inviting us to celebrate your first year with us here on TN. All the best to you my dear friend, good to have you here. My congratulations.
With best regards,

Dear, DEAR Alexei,
By the time I finished reading your "touching" note I had tears rolling down my face. What SUFFERING you and the gentle population of beloved Russia have gone through.
Such un-necessary sadness.
Your image, as usual, is OUTSTANDING.
Very friendly greetings,
Mario from Canada.
Have you considered using "Ranitidine" tablets to reduce the ACID in your stomach???? If you cannot get it in Russia I will send you some from Canada.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-31 23:55]
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Hello Alexei

Congratulations on 1 year in the TN family.I have enjoyed and learned from your critiques,comments and workshops.You always instruct by example ,posting top quality images and copious notes of explanation.I consider you a very good TN friend.You have always had wonderful words of encouragement for your fellow TN members me included.Thanks.The photo you post on your anniversary is beautiful.Excellent DOF and POV.The details and textures on the moth's wings are superb.The lighting is very good and the colour saturation is excellent.The purple of the lilac makes a very beautiful and artistic shot.TFS and here is to many more years in the TN community.Cheers.


Nice to see an image of these lovely butterfly posted here.
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei,
I'm one day late to wish you a happy 1rst anniversary :) I enjoyed reading your notes which are so well written and lightened by lucidity, sensibility and wise perceptions of life and situations. TN is indeed a great place that gives us the opportunity to be witnesses of those fragile gifts that nature still has to offer (and this not counts those great persons we meet along the way)

This picture suits the occasion perfectly. You were lucky to have met this beautiful and unusual specie. You captured it with great skill. Colors, composition, details are superb. I also like this natural exposure and lovely purple lilac. This is something that our countries have in common: lilacs :))) Thanks,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-06-01 9:29]
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Priviet Alexei!

First of all big congratulations for 1st year on TN and for this amazing picture. This is probably most beautifull moth I've ever seen!

Now about your note. I was also born in communist country' like you or Horia. I remember those times well - everyone has a job and [not much] money, people helped each other, life sometimes was more joyfull. But after transformation into free market country everything changed. Beggars on street, unemplyement, skyrocketing prices. To the other hand endless possibilities to make money, freedom of speech, membership of EU and NATO, possibility to travell to every place in world. I liked my old Poland [maybe because I was child] and I like present one, too. This isn't place to discuss such things - this is start to long mail :-) Anyway,I think we can't divide people into Russians, Ukrainians, Poles or Americans. Rather into good and bad people. I know many stupid and rude Poles, but also I know hundreds of great ones. I was in Ukraine and met many great friends [and few less great ;-)]. Same situation in Romania, Bulgaria or any other country which I visited. Look at TN - it is like one, big, worldwide family! It brings hope that good people live in every country in our world!

Once again, congratulations my friend!

Dear Alexei
Congrats for your first year in TN. You gave to this site all the beauty of your outstanding photos as well as the love for nature with your proficience in thecnical skills making you one of the most fantastic photographers I ever meet!
I am full agree with your notes about the drama Ukrania has suffered in the last years...I am friend of some ukranian people immigrants in Portugal...people sometimes with a superior education(medical doctors,engineers,scientists...)working hard in the most basic jobs here in Portugal,jobs that most of us in the confort of our UE country refuse to do...I can´t even imagine what a ukranian economist feels working as a simple restaurant servant and getting no more the minimum salary(500 € )!...and many others cought in the russian mafias and explored as sexual slaves!...but people with a fantastic will to win the adversity and to struggle for a better life...I must say I admire these Ukranians men and women,what a lesson they give to all of us !
(ukranians are the most numerous immigrant community in Portugal,just second to brazilians)

Ah! forgot about the photo...fantastic as always my dear friend,all the best to you!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-01 14:20]
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Hi Alexei

What a touching and heartfelt note. I am sad for your countries problems but there is always hope when there are people who care. TN is a wonderful community. It attracts the sort of person who loves nature and the world around them. Congratulations on your anniversary with the site. You are a valued member.

As for the photo - you have captured a lovely shot of this moth. I used to have a phobia about moths which was cured when I started to photograph them and realised how beautiful they are. Lovely composition, nicely sharp and lovely colours



Para empezar la foto excelente: va vestida de su mejor gala !!!! jajajajajaj Una maravilla.
Tu escrito duro pero realista y contento también de estar contigo aquí. En pleno siglo XXI no se entienden ciertas cosas y vemos como el sufrimiento en diferentes Países por diferentes motivos parece que va de nuevo al alza... el progreso ??!! Hay cosas que unen y esta es una de ellas. Es como desconectar de lo bueno y lo malo ( de aquí y de allí ) y hacer un paréntesis en nuestras vidas y perdernos en nuestra afición compartida globalmente. Un saludo , gracias por tus comentarios y sinceridad. Seguiremos viéndonos ... las fotos. Un fuerte abrazo desde España Alexei: Josep Ignasi Tejedor

Hi Alexei my friend
Un superbe spécimen, j'ai jamais vue un pareil papillon. Les couleurs et la forme des ailes sont particulieres.
Ta note est très touchante et J'espère que tu vas avoir plusieurs belles années de paix intérieure,et être très heureux avec la photo.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie...JP

Hello Alexei,
Congratulations on your 1st year anniversary in TN :o) Hope more years will follow. I'd like to thank you for your beautiful photographs,your contributions to TN, informative and long notes including lots of valuable technical tips too.I enjoy your photographs and reading your notes a lot.

This post is also a very nice capture with very good colors, focus, exposure handling and composition.TFS.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-06-02 5:46]

Wow.. niesamowita ta cma,interesujaca. Ladny kadr.
Na fioletowym bzie motyl ten prezentyje sie doskonale.



Dear Alexei,
it's a privilege to answer after reading your touching note. First my congratulations for your 1st anniversary, young man! Let me simply say that what you and me experience in TN is the Anglosaxon way of Science teaching that many professors including me have also adopted at my University in Switzerland. In this, the students are encouraged to take initiatives, to develop ideas, to try them out, make experiments to prove their value, to convince the others of the quality of their ideas, to discuss it with us professors. Of course at the end there are still grades given (like the TN points); they provide a framework for the whole quite chaotic enterprise; sometimes it's just "passed" or "failed"; these grades depend to some extent on the reactions of the colleague-students. Our students react like you react to TN: they feel being taken seriously, they get heavily involved in the subjects and learn enourmously by doing, making mistakes, restarting, thinking, asking for help, writing everything up,reporting, taking responsibilities etc. People that insist to be told every hour what they have to do or learn are shocked by our method and go elsewhere for studies!
Thanks, Alexei, for bringing this interesting subject up in such a personal way and as a note to a rare Peacock moth shot!
My sincere thoughts to you, Alexei,

Hi Alexei.
Very pure and sharp shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. I really like composition and quality here. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-02 16:03]

selam alex; nice macro shot of this butterfly at right moment,good presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-06-02 17:02]
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Happy Birthday Alex. Regards from Spain my friend

i have wondered how long it took this species to grow those eyes...or was the species...created...just like that
good and sharp
and happy birthday

Hi Alex
Great photo on your treknature anniversary. Very touching personal note.

Fantastic object for the special occasion. The bigges moth in Europe. I like your presentation and note very much

Very best wishes


Hi Alex,
Another excellent shot of yours, great sharpness, very neat, lovely natural colors.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-04 3:27]
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Hi Alexei,
A few day's late but CONGRATULATIONS with your anniversary on TN and on the capture of this beautiful moth.
I like about TN that you can "meet" people all over the world who share the same love for nature and making pictures.

Nice capture of the moth on a very nice coloured flower. Nice composition and diagonal pose of your model. Good focus and sharpness on the entire moth.
Well done and thank you very much.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-06-05 12:34]
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Hello Alexei,
I fear that it is not only your country that has fallen prey to the greedy. This is happening all over the world, I see it in my own country and in my newly adopted home too. I read about it in every newspaper I pick up, it's a global disease.

I'm very happy that you have found reprieve in the form of TN, a place where the ugliness of politics cannot reach and people can co-exist in happiness.

As for your image, it's a great one. Fantastic detail and exposure and a nice composition too, the angle of the Moth and the lines of the background colours are very pleasing. I think the colours seem a little dull, I might boost saturation and add a little more contrast, but that is perhaps just my preference.

Again I'm glad you are happy at TN, you have become a great contributor to the site and I hope you are here for many years to come.
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-05 16:55]
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Hello Alexei,
for my it is a pleasure to see your works,
and your originals notes.
excellent capture,
beautiful compo. and magnificent clarity...
Happy aniversary on TN friend.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-06-07 6:25]
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Hello Aleksiej,
I read intently your note about life in Ukraina. It's interesting. Photo is excellent.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-07 12:31]
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Hi Alexei

Sorry I missed this splenid posting earlier. A lovely subject and capture. I keep abreast of events in Ukraine via the news. My thoughts are with you.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-06-07 16:58]

HI Alex!
Wide spreaded beauty,excellent photo, with beautiful note!TFS!

Hello Alexei,
Congratulations for your first year in TN. The image you´ve chosen for celebreate is almost perfect, magnific, terrific...
I have leido your note with much interest. Although something of information I have on the Soviet Union and I have inquired on the shortages and actuality of your country in an article of National Geographic with many indicators of the policy and social situation, are as soon as tiny part of which it must be your reality in the Ukraine. Although the system of powers is different in Argentina I feel identified with you because here we have been with shortages for more time, but with the advance of the globalizatión and Capitalism people also lost its works and savings. For 3 years we have been recovering slowly. I´m glad that my presence in TN contributes with something positive to the life of so distant people in km but near in the love by the life and nature.
Warm greetings

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-06-09 12:04]

Hi Alexei,
Great designs on the texture of this beautiful moth.
The POV,colors and sharpness are wonderful.
Well done.

¡Mis felicitaciones Alexei!
Con tus imágenes hemos aprendido y disfrutado de la naturaleza. Confío en que podamos tener tus trabajos muchísimo tiempo más.
Saludos amigo, JL.


Dobri, dobri, DOBRI!!!

Alexei, what a nice milestone! And I am so glad that you chose a lilac as the flower here. My wife Galina finds this her favorite!!! I am impressed by this rare moth! A rare moth from a rare guy! What a bute! I will send a private note about some other aspects! Spaziba! Jasha

Hello, Alexei
I was first attracted by your photo and then moved by the note. Having you on TN for a year was enriching to all TN members. I'm Polish so partly I understand your feelings about the transformation. Anyway, no matter how bitter you feel about certain things, there are always things in the world that can bring comfort to you, and it is never too late to pursue your passions and interests, especially if there are so many people who appreciate your work and talent.
Take care!

Hello Alexei,
Happy 1st year anniversary for one! Great photo you chose as well. This moth looks like it has 2 sets of eyes! Beautiful sharp photo, great color saturation. TFS

Thanks also for your comments on my photo " Honk!Honk!Honk! (14) " :o) I've been away for awhile...

Hi Alexei!
I almost overlooked this beauty photo... and I do not know why :(
I like a lot the composition wich together with great colours and DOF make a fantastic picture. Bravo also for the object - I have never seen this species as the adult in the wild - only caterpillars.
And last but not least my best congratulation because of the 1st year on TN! Maybe a little to late, but as we talk in Poland: better later than never ;>
Of course I wish you another 10 years with TN adventure!

Hello Alexei !
Congratulations for you first year on TN (and sorry for beeing so late)! You have very quickly become one of the main photographers here, not only for your exceptional pictures, but also for your excellent notes and your excellent critiaues. TN would not be the same without you.
You have chosen a gorgeous picture to celebrate this event - perfect on all aspects, sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV... Very well done !

Hi Alexei,

I want to congratulate you on your first year on TN, so congratulations :-)
And this is a beautiful image you've posted here, beautiful butterfly with great details. I also like the pretty little purple flowers, they make a nice contrast with the green and the butterfly.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Hi again
Another excellent shot. I'm really impressed. Great colours and composition. REally lovely picture, thanks


Hi very nice shot
this butterfly looks amazing
great work

Hallo Alexei
You deserve each of your points over and over. You are an excellent photographer with lots of talent. Wonderful capture of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent depth of field that keeps the whole butterfly in perfect focus. Vibrent colours and awesome patterns on the wings. As usual a flawless presentation with superb sharpness. Truly precise in every aspect, with excellent framework. I appreciated looking at this beauty. You are a master at work and I always enjoy looking at your images.
Kind regards

Hello Alexei. The note is very well written and I do share some of your view here. This is something that I have never seen even in pictures. So sharp and very well placed in the frame. I like it and thanks so much for sharing. Have a nice day. Jusni

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