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Less birds and butterflies

Less birds and butterflies
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-20 6:25
Viewed: 2739
Points: 68
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Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae

After a long dark and cloudy period that came to an end with a violent storm on Wednesday night, we had a bright and sunny day today. We went for a lovely walk along the coast down south, hoping to see some bird or other. The only one we managed to see was a Yellowhammer high up in a Birch. We really wonder where all the birdies are gone!! After a summer short of insects the birds were presumably short of food and therefore they’ve decreased in numbers.

The Small Tortoiseshell is normally plentiful in the garden but this year only a few turned up! Here is one of them that had settled on a Lavender.

CeltickRanger, maurydv, eng55, MMM, nasokoun, PaulH, Juyona, zulfu, marius-secan, siggi, xTauruSx, nglen, bahadir, cloud, boreocypriensis, matatur, loot, Mikolaj, Miss_Piggy, Noisette, Tamrock has marked this note useful
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This hairy gui look verry nice and have wonderfull colours.
Good picture with nice details.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

hello Ulla

beautiful butterfly composition with fine POV and the way it is framed,
superb focus to the subject with great sharpness and details,



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-20 7:00]

Hi Ulla,what a beautiful perspective,the butterfly seem suspended in the nothing....wonderful sharpness and beautifuls colors also without the sun light.Excellent work,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Ulla,
another splendid picture of the Small Tortoiseshell taken from an excellent POV showing very well the marvellous colour markings of the open wings with very good contrast against a grey BG, superb sharpness, a very pleasing diagonal composition.
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-20 7:14]

Hi Ulla,
Lovely close up of this beautiful butterfly.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-11-20 7:16]

Hi Ulla
Another beautiful composition.Excellent POV and razor sharp image.Detail are amasing.Excellent DOV with wonderful colors.
TFS Michel

hello Ulla
very well balanced photo, in the lighting in colours with great details,successful POV with a beautiful composition and background,a great macro photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-11-20 7:36]

I see you have also been having bad weather Ulla, you might be in for some more before the weekend is over!! I am glad to hear you managed to see the sun though :o)
This is lovely choice to share from your archives. Clear and sharp detail with a very good DOF, nicely composed tto. Have a good weekend!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-20 8:24]

espléndida macro,
buen pov y colorido.
atractivo encuadre y detalles,
saludos Ulla.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-20 8:43]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in a very nice composition. Excellent sharp details and great natural colours. A pity, there's a bit noise in the BG. Very good POV.

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful details, colours, sharpness and focus.
Nice composition and blurred background.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-20 10:47]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent close-up shot of this small tortoiseshell.
Colours, details and composition are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

hello Ulla
super sharpness picture
very good composition with good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-20 12:07]

Hello Ulla,
A beautiful shot on this Small Tortoiseshell. Nice soft quality light. A spot on exposure has rendered beautiful colors. Nice sharp detail with perfect seperation from the nice OOF backround. Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla, an expertly taken close up of a beautiful butterfly. Great composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-20 12:18]

Hi Ulla. At last you were able to get out for a walk. We are in for more wet weather this weekend. This is a pure beauty from the summer. Taken with a top POV looking straight down on the open wings. With all of the colourful markings. The colours on this Tortoishell stand out so well with your sharp focusing. well taken TFS.

You and Ivan have a good weekend.

Hello Ulla, excellent image of this lovely and beautiful butterfly with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-20 12:57]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful species and you managed to show in very nice composition. This BG very suit to it.
Regards, Pawel

Ciao Ulla, beautiful diagonal composition with lovely Small Tortoiseshell, splendid colors, fine details and great sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla
Elle est magnifique, avec ces taches bleues, ce qui n'est pas toujours facile ā capter.
Merci pour ce portrait si naturel.

Hello Ulla,

A great capture with such vibrant coloration, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & composition. Very nicely taken & TFS.



Hi and Good Morning Ulla,

Absolutely stunning image of this pretty beauty!
The clarity and details are first class, as is the focus and exposure. A truly impressive work MF!
TFS and have a nice WE!


Aaah, the purplish colours of the flowers and the blues of the wings compliment each other rather nicely in this wonderful composition in living nature Ulla, thank you indeed for this fine image my friend.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-21 4:18]

Hi Ulla

We've had just as bad weather here for most of this past week. Flooding and wind
damage had taken its toll throughout the province. Previously I have spoken about
this too, but there is a definitive decline in birds, insects, and many other animals.
The earth is taking strain and meanwhile the politicians and the powers that be are
turning a blind eye or they just debate it to the n-th degree and not much are really
getting done about it.

Your little Tortoiseshell with the splash of purple flowers is quite pleasant. It shows
lovely colours and there are good details visible. The diagonal composition worked

Well done and TFS.

Hello Ulla! Wonderful butterfly, amazing scene, excellent colours, good capture, very good frame. Well done!

Hallo Ulla
What a striking butterfly! The colours, textures and patterns on the wings are stunning. What a beautiful puzzle this would make. The different colour segments fit each other like a hand fits a glove. It has a smooth velvet appearance, and is really soft on the eye. A lovely image, full of pizzazz and grace, presented in a most favourable manner. Off course the purple flowers adds to make this image extra special. Thanks for sharing. Best regards. Anna

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-11-21 7:13]

The news you share with us are sad, but this picture back from August is truly lovely. The colors and details are outstanding.

Thank you and best regards,


Hello Ulla
great capture of this Small Tortoiseshell, very pleasant coloration and pin sharp details on th butterfly
i like the greyish BG and the nice urple flowers
Have a great sunday

This arrangement is wonderful, Ulla, the butterfly seems to start soon - like sitting on a ramp ;-) And the purple lavender around, that's so pretty.
Thanks, a fantastic shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-11-22 11:13]

Hi Ulla,
What a lovely butterfly.
A great presentation of the beautiful design on those wings,
as well as gorgeous colors.
I particularly like the blue dots on the edge of the wings.
The color scheme is further enhanced by the matching colors of the flowers. A lovely composition.
TFS. : )

hello Ulla!
ottima composizione e cattura di questa
Aglais urticae
in visita alla lavanda
piacevoli dettagli e cromatismo naturale

buona settimana sERGIO

wow... awesome photograph! lovely bokeh, and an excellent detailed butterfly... love this image!

very nice shot for this Vanessa urtica. very nice details



hej ulla!
en mycke fin macrobild!
gillar bakgrunden som går igen
hos blommorna och den skarpa
fjärilen gör sig mycke fint
mot den fina bakgrunden!
good work!

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