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Costa Rica
Title: Nephila clavipesSony DSC RX10 IV
Nephila clavipes (8)
meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-22 2:43]
Guten Morgen Dieter,
hat Laurens Dich also erfolgreich animiert, unser Augenmerk auch Deinerseits auf die im allgemeinen wenig geachtete Ordnung der Spinnen zu richten. Diese Radnetzspinne zählt gewiss nicht zu den Kleinsten. Klar, scharf und hell ausgeleuchtet hast Du sie links im Bild eindrucksvoll wiedergegeben. Ich wäre gewiss versucht gewesen, nur die scharfe linke Hälfte des Bildes mit nur der einen Spinne als Ausschnitt zu präsentieren. Doch Dir geht es wohl darum, das paarweise Auftreten dieser Spinne in noch dazu fast identer Ausrichtung der Körper zu dokumentieren und zu zeigen. Schöne Widmung an Laurens!
Mit Dank und herzlichem Gruss,
Peter

Turkey
Title: Erodium gruinum
Erodium gruinum (8)
hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 152 W: 0 N: 436] (8537)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-22 2:23]
Hello Hasan,
a pleasantly well lighted, well detailed monumentally close presentation of this fragile little blossom of spring. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Costa Rica
Title: Ant Eater eating...antsSony DSC RX10 IV
Ant Eater eating...ants (12)
meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-22 2:19]
Guten Morgen Dieter,
hinreissend lebendige Prsentation eines Ameisenbrs im dichten Dschungel bei bestem Appetit! Es war Dir vergnnt, beneidenswert viel fr uns Ungewhnliches auf Deiner Reise in die amerikanischen Tropen zu sehen und festzuhalten. Deine mit sehr lesenswerten Texten versehenen Reiseeindrcke hier mitzuverfolgen und nachzuerleben ist ein Vergngen.
Wnschte mir derzeit auch einen Ameisenbren als Haustier. Der spte Wintereinbruch hat seit Tagen Scharen von im milden Januar in Vorgarten und Terrassentrgen bereits aktiv gewordenen kleinen Ameisen in unsere Wohnung getrieben.
Mit Dank und herzlichem Gruss,
Peter

Netherlands
Title: PACHYGNATHA CLERCKI
PACHYGNATHA CLERCKI (8)
euroblinkie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3067 W: 56 N: 6333] (64167)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-22 2:04]
Hello Laurens,
also here: an exciting discovery of an often neglected tiny creature that is around us but not seen closely enough by most of us. Technically and artistically perfect, your pleasantly silent posting is a very attractive invitation to check the close-up abilities of our own equipment to follow your path into the world of unseen beauties just around us. Admiring also your knowledge of the biology and taxonomy of creatures that is not easily accessible. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Netherlands
Title: CASSIDA VITTATA
CASSIDA VITTATA (12)
euroblinkie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3067 W: 56 N: 6333] (64167)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-22 1:54]
Hello Laurens,
another very impressing, technically perfect close-up of a tiny beetle, allowing to study the shapes and structures of its surface in fine details, and also showing its subtle colours with iridescent stripes in a most favourable way by the skilful use diffused flash. An exciting report of discovering creatures that are around us but not seen by most of us. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Italy
Title: Galanthus nivalisSony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Galanthus nivalis (13)
lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6449 W: 89 N: 15592] (65238)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-19 3:42]
Buongiorno Luciano,
powerful presentation of this group of fresh snowbells. Very closely approached, you are bringing out the blossom in front monumentally large. Wideangle settings are showing also a good part of the rest of the group, and they are also allowing a good impression of the landscape around. I like the well considered composition, and the pleasantly cheerful appearance of your image.
Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

Turkey
Title: Cigaritis acamasNIKON D810
Cigaritis acamas (14)
KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 0 N: 2406] (10606)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-19 3:32]
Hello Seyfi,
a very detailed, closely approached powerful capture of this pretty and rare little butterfly. The flat angle of light coming from a strong evening sun is casting some shadows from vegetation onto the wings, and at the same time it is showing the buttery's shapes very three-dimensionally.
The image may look a bit too tightly framed. Showing a bit more of the surrounding plant parts might be recommended if the original image has been closely cropped for this presentation.
Very detailed, well informing notes, too. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Pakistan
Title: Tiny yellowPentax W90
Tiny yellow (4)
mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 329 W: 12 N: 89] (9587)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-19 3:19]
Hello Musa,
an eye-catchingly attractive close-up. The flat angle of light helps to present this tiny blossom three-dimensionally outstandingly well formed. Your "toy's" white balance seems to have been a bit over-responding to the flower's strong yellow by adding a strong blue tint to the background. That may look a bit "unnatural", but at the same time it has added a pretty expressive artistic touch to your image. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Netherlands
Title: APION FRUMENTARIUM
APION FRUMENTARIUM (14)
euroblinkie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3067 W: 56 N: 6333] (64167)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-19 3:03]
Hello Laurens,
this is a very impressing masterpiece of professional macrophotography.
The tiny beetle is shown with perfect details all over in true colours in pleasantly soft light.
Also the composition is excellent.
Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

Costa Rica
Title: Cane toad - Rhinella marinaSony Cybershot DSC RX 100
Cane toad - Rhinella marina (8)
meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-19 2:56]
Lieber Dieter,
eindrucksvolle Momentaufnahme einer nchtlichen Begegnung, in die Dich Dein steter Forscherdrang gefhrt hat. Dein kurz gehaltener informativer Begleittext vermittelt dazu alles Ntige, um als Betrachter die Situation aus nchster Nhe miterleben und von Deinem Forscherdrang mitgerissen zu werden.
Mit Dank und herzlichem Gruss,
Peter

South Africa
Title: White-Throated SwallowNikon D5200
White-Throated Swallow (10)
Hotelcalifornia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1488 W: 24 N: 2195] (14276)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-18 14:30] [+]
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Hungary
Title: Snowy PaddyPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Snowy Paddy (11)
Hormon_Manyer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1463 W: 308 N: 2578] (10071)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-18 14:15]
Dear Laszlo,
emotionally moving view over the snowy hills of eastern Hungary on a bright and very clear day in late winter of 2013. The valley is leading the spectator's view far out into the distant plains. The warm brown hues of naked deciduous trees are embraced by the cold blue of distance and the patch of snow in the foreground. Your picture is telling the ambiguous story of farewell to your beloved homeland Hungary, and the excitement immediately before the daring step of starting a new life in the distant and quite different country Ireland that now has become a beloved second homeland to you.
Cheers to the Irish Hungarian on St. Patrick's day - and to your 400th posting to TN!
With best regards,
Peter

Sweden
Title: Nine Years On TNNikon D7100
Nine Years On TN (34)
ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 9:38]
Dear Gert,
wonderful, refreshingly colourful portrait of the rare Clouded Apollo in a pleasantly relaxed pose of sucking nectar from Geranium blossoms on a bright sunny day of early summer!
Thank you for your visit and kind words to my recent posting of the Caucasian Apollo Parnassius nordmanni. You mentioned the obvious close relationship between that endemite species of high altitudes of the Caucausus and the Clouded Apollo P. mnemosyne of our European hills and lowlands. They do look and behave quite similar, P. nordmanni still showing some red aposematic coloration like its larger and widely distributed relative P. apollo, while P. mnemosyne's patterns have completely abandoned those eye-spots. While P. apollo caterpillars are feeding on Sedum and Sempervivum, P. nordmanni and P. menmosyne have chosen a very different family of plants for their larval food: Corydalis.
With thanks, and best regards,
Peter

Sweden
Title: Hawk- MothNikon D7100
Hawk- Moth (22)
ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 9:22]
Dear Gert,
very exciting, charming encounter with this speedy day-active little hawkmoth, taken from a perfect low side-frontal point of view, perfectly focussed with a sufficiently short depth of field that allows a sharp view of exactly the main the parts of interest while blurring the vegetation around into a perfectly clean distant background, Wonderful! Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Switzerland
Title: Garrulus glandarius
Garrulus glandarius (24)
anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 9:12]
Liebe Anne,
erfrischend lebendiges Vogelportrait von ausserordentlicher Unmittelbarkeit und Natürlichkeit, dass Betrachter sofort in den Bann zieht! Man hört geradezu das Wasser rauschen und spürt die von dem badenden Vogel ausgelösten Wasserspritzer. Dicht über dem wilden Wasser hast Du Dich dem Häher fast in Augenhöhe auf sehr knappe Entfernung angenähert. Meine Bewunderung dafür, dass Du Dich so direkt in die Szene begeben und zugleich auch das Vertrauen dieses Waldvogels gewonnen hast. Schärfe und Ausleuchtung im Dunkel des Dickichts lassen keine Wünsche offen. Die unscharfen Bildpartien links oben und rechts unten stammen wohl von dicht vor die Kameralinse geratenen Zweigen. Leicht ließen sich diese Stellen durch die Auswahl eines engeren Bildausschnittes um den Vogel - so wie etwa Luciano empfiehlt - entfernen. Doch sehe ich zugleich, dass diese nebelhaften Bildpartien die Umgebung sehr vorteilhaft miteinbeziehen und der Dramatik dieser Begegnung im Dickicht sehr gut entsprechen. Glückwunsch und Freude über diesen wunderbaren neuen Beitrag von Dir!
Mit Dank und herzlichem Gruss aus Wien,
Peter

Spain
Title: Papilio machaon 2
Papilio machaon 2 (8)
Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 1 N: 533] (5791)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:25]
Hola José,
pretty macro of Machaon's conspicuous caterpillar, clear, sharp, nicely well lighted, well composed. Never noticed those spiny warts on the adult caterpillar's skin, so it might be an early stage that you are showing here.
A truly nice addition to your recent series of swollowtail portraits.
Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

Israel
Title: Anemone coronariaNikon D750
Anemone coronaria (6)
fragman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3030 W: 11 N: 2351] (43776)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:14]
Hello Ori,
cheerfully eye catching image, showing fine details and hues of delicious pale colours in Anemone's freshly opened blossoms.
Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

Turkey
Title: Borago officinalis
Borago officinalis (4)
hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 152 W: 0 N: 436] (8537)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:11]
Hello Hassan,
pretty blossom, well focussed in a pleasant soft light that is bringing out Borago's fluffy hairs very nicely. A plant that is well appreciated in our gardens, never seen so early in the year here. Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

South Africa
Title: African Stonechat (Female)Nikon D5200
African Stonechat (Female) (12)
Hotelcalifornia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1488 W: 24 N: 2195] (14276)


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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-16 4:06]
Hello Srikumar,
pretty portrait of this species. Composition remarkably well reduced to the essence of just three elements: 1- the bird, 2 - the piece of wood that it is sitting on, 3 - the tiny granule of food that may have attracted to bird. Nicely supporting distant background in the colours of desert or dry vegetation. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Georgia
Title: Parnassius nordmanni.
Parnassius nordmanni. (26) *
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524)


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ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254) [2018-03-15 9:14]
Hi Peter,
long time no see. :-)
This is very nice picture of a beautiful butterfly. The buttefly is sharp with very fine details, you also manage to get the white right. The BF stand out well from the blurry BG.
It must be a cousin to Clouded Apollo Parnassius mnemosyne.
Well done, mf.
Regards
Gert