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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus OMD M5, Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 MACRO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-05-12 8:56
Viewed: 2585
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... sleepy male of Aurora.

Anthocharis cardamines (Linnaeus, 1758).

Coming home at the hour of sunset of a sunny day in May, I discovered it sitting beneath a daisy's blossom in the lawn just a small step apart from the path leading up to our home near the edge of the Vienna Woods.

The little butterfly - probably having been very busy all day - may have chosen that fragile but comfortable resting place for the night close to the ground just a few minutes ago. I found it still dipping its proboscis into the centre of the blossom, finally rolling it up slowly after having enjoyed a good night drink before falling into motionless deep sleep.

Encountering Aurora this time, once again I had no camera with me. But Aurora was sleepy now, and therefore also patient enough to give me the chance to go upstairs for returning with one of my better cameras - instead of urging me to use the smartphone for taking a picture as it happened a few days ago at noon.

Aurora (Anthocharis cardamines L., Orange Tip), common in most parts of temperate Europe from the plains up into the mountains where Cardamine pratensis, the Cockoo flower, is growing in unfertilized humid meadows near the edges of forests. Only the male butterflies are showing bright orange tips on their forewings, female ones do not. Males usually are emerging a few days before the females. Butterflies are to be seen in one generation only from the end of March into June, depending on climate and weather.

The camera:
OLYMPUS E-M5, 4608x3456 pixels, sRGB, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200, bias -0.3, metering mode pattern; macro lens - focal length 60/1 mm; 2016-05-09 19:42.

Aurora at rest was still there when I returned with the camera. It patiently offered a good opportunity to look at it closely in the fading light.

I was touched by its fragile beauty.

Have a very good day.
Thank you.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-05-12 10:55]

Hi Peter,one of the most beautiful pis of the year! You were lucky to meet this nervous butterfly while sleeping,and the result is Amazing,fantastic quality in a great perspective too,2 points are not enough.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter
une magnifique photo, bel ensemble fleur-papillon.
Belle présentation,de superbes détails et des couleurs réelles.
Bonne soirée

Ciao Peyer, great macro with fantastic loght, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my frienf, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

You tell an interesting story with this superb picture of an exotic species of butterflies, Peter. Looks like we are depending more and more on the fast track gizmos the IT industry is churning out and enticing us with. I too carry my camera bag less frequently now while going out and whip out my iPhone from my pocket like a cowboy whenever I feel the need to take a picture. :)
Mercifully, you were able to fetch a proper camera from your house to take this picture which is extremely well composed. I like the mellow light you have used so effectively and am particularly fascinated by that curled up tongue of the subject.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful image.

Hi Peter

Excellent macro of Anthocharis cardamnines in a diagonal align, very beautiful composition, great DOF very nice POV, very nice BG.



Hello Peter,
Composition does matter! Excellent work! Stunning light and well PP WORK. Very good details too.
Thanks and have a nice WE,

Very good picture Peter
good sharpness and beautiful colours and light
thanks gr lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-05-16 0:58]
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Hallo Peter nochmals,
Das feine Aurorabild hatte ich verpasst...muss öfters reinschauen.
Ja schon fast himmlisch dieses Bild, eine fast mystische Stimmung hast du da erwischt, ein Bild wie ein Abendgebet.
Grüsse nach Wien

Hi Peter

Excellent macro of Anthocharis cardamnines.

Best Regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2016-05-21 7:23]

Hallo Peter,
Beautiful capture » Sleepy Aurora ..
Taken from a good POV in a pleasing composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Peter,
This photo is excellent, even you had difficult light conditions, the image is elegant and very spectacular. Fantastic PoV, sharpness, composition, lights - as Luciano said, the picture of the year! And posted with a useful note also - standing ovation for you, Sir!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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