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Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly
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Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-04 21:31
Viewed: 3697
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed this butterfly at Dyke Marsh in Arlington this evening.
Some details on Monarchs:
Adult Monarchs possess two pair of brilliant orange-reddish wings, featuring black veins and white spots along the edges. Their wingspan is about four inches, and they weigh less than half an ounce. Males, who possess distinguishing black dot (stigmata) along the veins of their wings, are slightly bigger than the females.

Each adult butterfly lives only about four to five weeks. But one of the many wonders of the Monarchs is the annual creation of a unique "Methuselah generation." As autumn approaches in their sites of migratory origin, a very special generation of butterflies is born. Unlike their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents -- all of whom had ephemeral lives measured only in weeks -- these migratory butterflies survive seven or eight months. In human terms, given our average life span of 75 years, this would be like having children who lived to be 525 years old!

This generation performs the incredible feat of flying from Canada and the United States to the center of Mexico -- after which they begin the northward journey again. Once they reach the United States, a kind of relay race begins: their short-lived offspring, with only four or five weeks to live, continue making the trek northward over several generations.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-04 21:59]

Hello Liezel

A beautiful capture of this Monarch butterfly.Very nice lighting and exposure.The DOF and POV are excellent.The colours are well saturated.Lovely composition.TFS


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-09-05 13:52]

a very nice one Lizel.
the composition is nice, I think with a litle cropping you can get a better composition, the pov is very nice and the dof is good, well done.
gr. jaap

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-05 15:03]

Hi Liezel

Splendid shot of this really beautiful butterfly!
Excellent POV, nice sharp details, lovely colors and great light. A very interesting pose, too, with his antenas down :)
Very well done!

Bravo adn TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-05 21:01]

Beautiful monarch, Liezel.
Wonderful composition with great POV of the butterfly.
Amazing details and colors make for a lovely composition.
TFS. : )

Hello Liezel

Wonderful capture of this beautiful butterfly...lovely colours,composition,sharpness and POV...well done...TFS
Best regards

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