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Playing Possum

Playing Possum
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-S VR MICRO NIKKOR 105mm f2.8G ED, 62mm UV
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-08 8:42
Viewed: 2681
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all , first I would like to give a large thank you for all of the very kind comments to my previous postings .

I have tried and tried again to find an identification for this insect , but have not yet found one any help would sure be appreciated. I will post a second image to the workshop of its other side.

greatly offended by my attempt to move its resting place to a better angle for photographing this little guy curled up and died


just kidding of course , it is just playing possum my workshop image is after this shot when it decided it was safe to 'live' again. I am simply amazed that this strategy works for such insect's , having an armored backside , and a soft vulnerable underside I would not think that rolling over and just laying there would be the greatest natural defense , but the fact that it is here and not naturally selected out of existence proves that the strategy has worked for them. as a photographer with an interest in insects I rather appreciated it so readily giving me a view of both of its sides.

thanks for stopping in

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-08 12:26]

Hello Art,

Very good sharpness and detail. Good composition. Good lighting. Beautiful colours.Very good that you put the other side in the WS. I will try to find what it is tomorrow.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-08 14:46]

Hi Art,an unusual point of view.eheheh..excellent work,beautifull colors and magic reflections,not easy to take so perfectly a insect so little,my best compliments ,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Art
I am impressed that you got him to play possum so you could take your shot. I am glad he came good to live another day. Nicely composed and framed.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-09 2:15]

Hello Art, We were neighbors today. The shot is very nice and you have tried it differently. Nice compo. ganesh smiley tmrw

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