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Hungary
Title: Snowy PaddyPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Snowy Paddy (11)
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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)
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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)
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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

Spain
Title: Papilio machaon
Papilio machaon (10)
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) [2018-03-14 10:52]
Hola Jose,
beautifully clear and precise capture of a fresh young specimen of the European Swallowtail. I like the soft and tender light that is directing all the attention to the strongly contrasting colours of wings. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

South Africa
Title: Squaco HeronNikon D5200
Squaco Heron (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) [2018-03-14 10:46]
Hello Srikumar,
marvellous capture in beautiful tender colours in the soft backlight of early morning, perfectly composed. A striking beauty. Congratulations!
With best regards,
Peter

Israel
Title: Tulipa systola and Iris mariaeNikon D750
Tulipa systola and Iris mariae (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) [2018-03-14 10:44]
Hello Ori,
a wonderful glimpse of Spring you are presenting us here.
Tulips and Iris of marvellous beauty are turning the desert into a fairy-tale garden. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Ireland
Title: Natural ParabolaHP Photosmart R817
Natural Parabola (12)
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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-14 10:39]
Dear Laszlo,
cheerfully colourful, eye-catching presentation of the Scarlet Elfcup, a fungus that looks quite unique in our forests. In some years with humid and mild winters, they seem to be quite common in our region (austriaca), but after late February's sharp frost I am wondering how they are doing this year. Probably they do prefer the mild Irish climate.
A perfect and quite unusual greeting of Spring you have given us. Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

South Africa
Title: Long-Tailed Widow  Bird (Male)Nikon D5200
Long-Tailed Widow Bird (Male) (6)
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) [2018-03-14 10:30]
Hello Srikumar,
eye-catchingly dynamic capture of this exquisite long-tailed bird in the dim light of early morning.
Congratulations for you patience and success. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Costa Rica
Title: Marpesia beraniaSony DSC RX10 IV
Marpesia berania (14) *
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) [2018-03-14 10:19]
Lieber Dieter,
ein Falter von bezaubernder Eleganz, den Du uns hier aus ideal gewhltem Blickwinkel in einem Ausschnitt von bester Komposition klar und scharf, mit fein nuancierter Farbigkeit sehr gekonnt prsentierst. Gratulation!
Mit Dank und bestem Gruss,
Peter

Costa Rica
Title: "You are in paradise"Sony DSC RX10 IV
"You are in paradise" (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) [2018-03-14 10:00]
Lieber Dieter,
ein fr die meisten von uns erschreckender Anblick, mit der Hingabe eines Forschers gekonnt festgehalten.
Gratulation zu so viel Beobachterglck und fotografischem Geschick, zu Deiner beherzter Neugier, Strke der Nerven und ruhigen Hand!
Mit herzlichem Gruss,
Peter

Costa Rica
Title: Rufous-tailed HummingbirdSony DSC RX10 IV
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (6)
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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-14 9:55]
Lieber Dieter,
entzckende Darstellung dieses winzigen flaumigen Federbllchens, das an einem dunklen Regentag ein wenig zur Ruhe kommt. Sehr fein und przise bringst Du aus einem perfekt gewhlten Blickpunkt seine zarte Gestalt, die schimmernde Farbigkeit und die lockere Struktur seines Federkleids zur Geltung. Wunderbar!
Mit Dank und herzlichem Gruss,
Peter

Georgia
Title: Polyommatus t.thersitesSony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Polyommatus t.thersites (14) *
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) [2018-03-14 9:46]
Ciao Luciano,
spectacular presentation of Chapman's Blue on a colourful blossom of late summer that is providing a glamorous stage for its visitor. Nice to get an impression of the surrounding Georgian landscape in the background, too.
Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Dominican Republic
Title: Calisto obscuraSony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Calisto obscura (18)
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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-14 9:38]
Ciao Luciano,
a perfectly clear and cheerfully colourful close-up presentation of this cute little butterfly probably living most of its life in the shadow of forests.
I like it. Thank you! With best regards,
Peter

Italy
Title: Inachis ioSony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Inachis io (16)
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) [2018-03-14 9:24]
Ciao Luciano,
this is a charming portrait of Vanessa io returning to life after Long months of hibernation! I like the way you are sdemonstrating the perfect dry leaf camouflage of its resting pose in cheerful contrast to a promising glimpse of occhio di pavone on the conspicous upper side of wings. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Turkey
Title: Dianthus carmelitarum
Dianthus carmelitarum (4)
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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1735 W: 291 N: 4003] (11524) [2018-03-14 9:14]
Hello Hasan,
pleasantly inviting, colourful, well lighted presentation of this pretty dianthus endemic to your country. Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter