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A French Delicacy!

A French Delicacy!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 1:04
Viewed: 3350
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Morning Everyone,

It's another rain-drenched England, but the forecast is for an improvement tomorrow. My heart goes out to those people in the U.K. who have suffered flooding this week.

Okay, back to happier things!
This is a Speckled Wood which I captured a couple of weeks ago whilst in France. The day was warm and I saw a few during the day, some in the gardens and others near the edge of a wooded lakeland area.

Since there have been hardly any butterflies in my own area at home, you can imagine my pleasure at seeing this! I called it a 'French delicacy'. Although, I am no expert on butterflies, I feel confident in my identification of this one.

A lot has been written about Speckled Woods on TN so I will refrain from repeating what others have said. If you would like to investigate further then click here for further interesting notes from Wikipedia.

Many thanks for your visit.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-)

Hand held.
pp cropped, sharpened, adj brightness & contrast, added borders & signed

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hi Bev,
A nice capture of this beautiful speckled wood butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-06 1:22]

Hi Bev, this is a lovely shot of this beautiful Speckled Wood butterfly, especially how it is sitting on the orange plant.. Very good details and a lovely composition.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-06 1:38]

Hi Beverley , What a wet day again. Looks like you had a good time in France. This is a beautiful looking butterly which you have captured so well with fine detail and warm colours. A good top POV so we can see the open wing markings. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

Hi Beverley
It is a P. aegeria day ;-) I posted the photo of P. a. aegeria (Ahmet posted the same subspecies) and you posted the photo of tircis ;-) Very nice light, pretty ood sharpness, perfect OOF background

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-06 2:28]

Hi Beverley,
Wonderful shot of this great looking butterfly with very impressive sharpness and colours. Superb handling of light and I like the pose you have captured it. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Hi Bev,

Really hope the weather picks up soon but I guess it's that time of year, I know my Mum says its been pretty awful in Jersey, anyway this is a beautiful shot of a Speckled Wood Butterfly, amazing colours and detail, and that splash of red from the flower just adds to the overall image, perfect POV, a lovely composition

t.f.s Rick :)

Bonjour Bev,
Tes publications sont à l'opposée des miennes car pour l'instant les insectes me sont beaucoup trop difficiles à photographier et surtout à répertorier !!!
Je ne peux que reconnaître la qualité de cette macro par la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-06 7:10]

Hello Bev,
I'm glad you had the chance to escape the English weather in France!! This is a lovely capture of the Speckled Wood, a butterfly fairly rare here in the south of Sweden. Fine details and colours and it stands out nicely against the soft background. Lovely red flowers too!
TFS and I hope the sun will shine on you tomorrow! Cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-06 7:51]

Hello Beverley,
Wonderful clear coloured photo in excellent sharpness and a very good composition. Great OOF BG and POV.
Kind regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-06 8:10]

Hello Bev,
A very nice colourful capture of a Speckled Wood looking great on the spray of red flowers. The sharpness, the DOF and composition add to make this a top class shot and thanks for sharing it.
We are getting the torrential rains from the UK, but to a lesser degree. This often happens: we get the British low pressures from the SW but they usually get less extreme though some deepen and then we are in trouble!
Have a good weekend with some sunshine,

Hi Bev,
Very good capture of this beautiful Speckled Wood with good POV and composition, sharp details, nice BG and beatiful colours.

Hi Beverley,
what a nice meeting and macro-shot. Our subspecies are different but I also posted Speckled Wood for today. Your macro-shot very nice. Great coloration, POV and frame. Focus and composition also very nice. good informative notes. TFS, best wishes

London - Rain, rain, rain! What to cheer me up? Ahhh, a lovely speckled wood! I like the contrast between butterfly and flower head. Thanks, Les.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-07 1:40]

Hi Bev,your style to show the butterflies is unmistikable,i like a lot your work,always perfect in details and always whit a great colors!! Thankd a lot to show us this common but very very nice spectacle of nature! Have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hi Bev,
What an amazing macro.Great colours, sharpness and details.TFS.


Hi Beverley,
Beautiful composition,perfect.

Hello Bev,
Sorry for I seem to miss out this beautiful Speckled Wood which nicely captured from your holidays in French, not bad for the journey for bringing back so many good images of landscape and nature!
very good lighting over this one with excellent sharpness, good colour and details, the bg colour makes the subject and the red flower stands out!
well done
see you soon and take care

Ciao Bev, fantastic butterfly with wonerful colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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