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I am old and I am happy

I am old and I am happy
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/362 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-01 3:53
Viewed: 5835
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus icarus
The blue one lives in poor grass countries. There where is a short vegetation and there must be open spots. In this must then some plants occur. It go's me to far to look for the names of those plants.

The blue one can be easily confused with the brown blue one. Of the differences is see in the white edging. At the brown blue one the wing veins run by as a result of which seem the edging crammed. More over the female has icarus no complete file edging dots. On the base being lacking carrot macula of the characteristics brown of blue.

The butterfly can occur in two generations, flying from May to October. The male has two possibilities of demolishing a female: somewhere for a high spot with open wings wait, or go in search. After a short s- flight the pair is looking for a spot to pair in vegetation.

The white eggs are generally turned off on the base of the host plants. At the first stage the caterpillar eat of the fabric of the booklet(are there then eating canals visible), later the caterpillar eat of the complete booklet and sometimes they have a visit by ants. The transformation from caterpillar in till butterfly take place on the ground under the host plant, but the cocoons are sometimes taken by ants.They are unlucky. As soon as the small caterpillar has crawled from the egg, it can start with its most important function start, namely, eat and grow. The length of this increase stage differs by type. The caterpillars of most of the types are herbivores and grow very fast.

Within 2 or 3 weeks they are 20 times so long, and 2000 till 3000 times so heavy as they where before. Even the most elastic skin cannot endure such an enormous increase. The caterpillar peels thus a number of times. The body of the caterpillar exists from 13 segments. To the three first body parts behind the head, sit each time 2 udder legs. With those legs, the caterpillar holds its food fast. More to the back sits 5 couples of course legs. This are exactly small suction cups, with that the caterpillar can hold himself to the plant. The caterpillars of the second generation wintered till they come next spring out of there headstock.

This butterfly is almost on thed end of his life. You can see it there is a pieche of his wing broken. I must say this blue ones are my personal favourites with the orange tip butterflies. I hope you like the shot. I am happy to be back.
the distanche till the butterfly was 12 cm.

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To gerhardt: Welkom terug Jaapcarper 1 01-04 03:12
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Hi Jaap, very welcome back, I have missed you and your pictures.
Very good colours, sharpness and composition.
Great note like always.
Excellent work.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-01 4:49]

Jaap, you are a very welcome face at this site and it is a great Xmas present to have you back.

This butterfly is old but it is still beautiful! As we grow older we all have scars to show but few of us retain that inner beauty.

The DOF and color in this shot is excellent and I really like the composition.

Very well done and thanks for posting this beauty.

Hallo Jaap, en hartelik welkom terug!!!
As Japie said, what a present for all of us, we missed you and are glad that you are here to share your flying friend with us once again! For that alone, 10/10!
Beautiful, if battered Blue!

Hi Jaap,
Also a very Happy New Year to you, good to see you back.
Great capture of this blue beauty, nice and sharp, good DOF, nicely oof bg.

I am really happy to have you back, Jaap. What a nice surprise to begin ths year in TN.
You chose a beautiful shot for your return. I like very much the contrast against the blured BG, and the lighting.
You forgot to include the parameters of your shot :)
Thanks for posting.

Lovely capture even with the bite out of it's wing! Old but beautiful... The detail is quite remarkable in this, Jaap. Welcome back.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Great shot, nice colors.
Well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-01 10:03]

Jaap, you captured both the underside and top view of the butterfly, a shot not very often scene. Well done on the composition.


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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-01 10:07]

Great macro Jaap. Very good colour and POV.
Excellent work

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-01-01 10:39]

Really glad to see you back, Jaap!
You restart with a great macro shot, with as usual a very good composition, sweet colours and efficient DOF.

A happy new year to you and your family!

Nice to see you're back with us, Jaap. Very good butterfly macro, where the typical soft blue color and velvet texture is very well conveyed. We only have few of these (Argus Bleu, Azuré de la Bugrane) in the dryest parts of our hills. I like your composition here, as well as the very comprehensive note. Well done... and I hope more of your's in 2005!

Good welcome back Image Jaap, saw this 1st think this morning but no time to comment, you seem to have recieved a great ovation on your return this is good.
the metalics are very well seen in the upper wings.
the missing piece is only from not being fast enough away from a bird trying to eat it, and when it was grabbed it flew off leaving a small piece in the birds beak. I have seen butterflies with atleast 50% of the wing area missing and still able to fly resonabley well.
keep them comming, I expect we will see some of your older posts. ;0))))#

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-02 3:22]

Wel wie hier zien onze Jaap, ik ben blij om opnieuw dergelijke mooie vlinder van u te mogen zien, ik weet daar bent u groot in Jaap, hoe deze is geplaatst is wel goddelijk, de verschillende licht invallen bekoren mij absoluut.
Moge hier u ook vrede blijven.
Groeten, John.

Another nice shot. You are an experienced photographer.(I have done a W/S hospital) Congratulations.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-02 4:14]

You have a lot of friends here, Japp!

A great post: very sharp and colorfull with an excellent DOF.
A very well-kept work: image and a magnificent note too.
Thanks and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

Hi jaap

Great shot of this butterfly. The iridescent colour on the top of the wing is outstanding. Sharpness and clarity superb. TFS

The soft, sparkling blue against the green background is a pure beauty. Now I see what you mean when you write: "I try also to see through a painters eye". You are an artist.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-02 9:22]

Excellent macro with stunnig colors, details and good depth of the field.Thanks for sharing

Eerstens, Welkom terug Jaap. Ek is dankbaar dat jy weer saam met ons is op die site.

Secondly, please allow me to wish you all the best for 2005, Jaap. I have been away for a while. I have a weeks vacation left and might drop off the radar again.

This one is a real crowd pleaser. It shows your exceptional style and quality I got used too and missed. Well done friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-05 3:58]

This is not another boring butterfly :-) This is butterfly with soul! Great composition, details. Very well spotted with its damaged wing. Excellent job Jaap.

Sorry but points tomorrow.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-26 20:00]

Jaap, the title of your photo reminded of the song "Father and Son", by Cat Stevens. It goes "I am old, but I'm happy".

Nice photo. Sharpness is just perfect, and colors are very beautiful

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