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Outstanding (34 photos) 2588 views :: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
reserved for images far out of the ordinary in respect to at least five of the following parameters:

- surprising idea
- emotional appeal
- handling of colour
- handling of light
- precision of focus
- composition
- rarity of observation
- rarity of species
- informative notes

2011-10-31/p.st.
Malaysia
Title: Camouflaging FrogNikon D90
Camouflaging Frog (44)
foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
India
Title: Indian owlet Moth for FOOZINikon coolpix L110
Indian owlet Moth for FOOZI (32)
kapildk Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Venezuela
Title: Tettigoniidae Sp.Nikon D3100
Tettigoniidae Sp. (39) *
jlinaresp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)

Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald (53 photos) 2171 views :: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Vienna Woods - Wienerwald was admitted by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in 2005. In close vicinity of and even extending into Vienna's urban area, the Vienna Woods are one of Europe's largest deciduous forests, with numerous open areas in between. The biosphere reserve covers 1056 sqkm. Located both above limestone and sandstone, it shows a large biodiversity of plants and animals of different local climates from cool and humid pre-alpine to warm and dry pannonian and submediterranian.
Austria
Title: Lacerta viridis.
Lacerta viridis. (44)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Austria
Title: Niobe eris.Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Niobe eris. (54)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Austria
Title: Pulsatilla grandis.Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Pulsatilla grandis. (72)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)

Hohe Tauern National Park (15 photos) 1644 views :: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Austria's largest national park, founded in 1981, comprises an area of 1800 sqkm on both sides of the Alpine main chain, covering the highest parts of Salzburg, Tyrol, and Carinthia, with deeply cut valleys shaped by ice-age, and 130 sqkm of recent glaciers. Flora and fauna are very diversified. Hohe Tauern National Park is the home of some 10,000 different species of animals. Alpine flora and fauna are represented there almost in complete, with even a few endemic species.
Austria
Title: Sacerdos.Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Sacerdos. (70) *
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Austria
Title: Pales.Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Pales. (44)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Austria
Title: Eros.Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Eros. (64) *
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)

Naturpark Oetztal (46 photos) 3204 views :: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Naturpark Oetztal, a protected Alpine area in Tyrol, Austria, was founded in 2006. It covers an area of 380 sqkm from 1.276m to 3.768m a.s.l., including 80 sqkm of glaciers. In 1991, the "Iceman" was found in that region - a 5300 years old prehistorical hunter's well preserved frozen mummy. The area houses a number of rare species, e.g. the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), the Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), the Alpine Apollo (Parnassius sacerdos), the Yellow Tiger Moth (Arctia flavia)...
Austria
Title: Aporia crataegi.Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Aporia crataegi. (100) *
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Austria
Title: Glacier and Doronicum.Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Glacier and Doronicum. (50) *
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)
Austria
Title: Arctia flavia.
Arctia flavia. (44) *
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)