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Water Ringlet.

Water Ringlet.
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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: 2009-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC FX07
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-10-04 13:05
Viewed: 5133
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Water Ringlet.

Erebia pronoë (Esper, 1780), female.
Water Ringlet, Watererebia, Górówka pronoë, Okáč fatranský, Moiré fontinal, Montañesa Dentada, ...

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae

Wingspan: 42 – 44mm

Water ringlets are flying near mountain rivers - hence their name - in one generation from July to September in the Pyrennees, the Alpine chain, Tatra, the Carpatian and Dinarian mountains, from 900m to 2800m above sealevel. Caterpillars are feeding on grass: Festuca ovina, F. quadriflora.

It was a warm and sunny day early in September this year when I was saying goodbye to summer by making a trip though the remote river gorges of Ötschergräben.

I arrived at a hidden place with a small natural pond formed by cascades of water running from vertical rocks. While taking off my clothes for a refreshing dive into the cool waters I discovered a lonesome Water Ringlet motionlessly drifting on the blinking surface of the waters – its torn wings spread, a scene of deep melancholy.

I managed to take a few pictures with the small pocket Lumix that was in my trousers placed within reach at the edge of the pond.

A few minutes later, after a refreshing plunge into the pond, I noticed the drowned butterfly still to be near. So I followed the naturalist’s temptation to have a look at the ringlet's undersides of wings to reconfirm its identity. I carefully lifted the ringlet out of the waters with my hands placed under it.

The water was dropping from my hands. And - what a surprise: The moment it was freed from the sticky surface tension of the waters the ringlet started to clap its wings with powerful motions. All I had to do now was to get out of the water myself, and place the butterfly on a dry sunny rock.

Well, after a few minutes, both me and the butterfly were dry again – and soon the ringlet was carried away by a gentle breeze.

The location:
Ötscher gorges, at an elevation of 700m, with surrounding mountains reaching 1600m. Narrow river gorges cut deeply into the mountains would often house plants and animals from higher locations. Mira Waterfalls.

Camera: Pocket Panasonic LUMIX DMX-FX07, sRGB, 5mm wideangle zoom (equiv. 28mm at full size SLR), F/2.8, 1/200sec., ISO-100. No tripod, no flash. 03.09.2009, 13:25.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized for web presentation, levels slightly adjusted.

Literature: Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.pl/

Thank you for looking.
Have a good start of the week.

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Hi Peter,
Very interesting document, a pretty history.
TFS. Regards. Ferran.

Hallo Peter,

Interesting note explaining your kind efforts!
I appreciate your work.

thanks and regards,

Hello Peter,
an interesting and touching story with a happy ending supporting by a wonderful picture, superb sharpness, fantastic colours and reflections.
Best regards

I like the story behind this picture of a tattered Ringlet, Peter.
I am relieved to know that despite her condition, the butterfly was alive and flew away.
With your pocket camera, you have taken a remarkably sharp image of this otherwise beautiful butterfly. The watery BG illuminated into a nice effect enhances the appeal of this picture.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-04 22:02]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of this ringlet, E. pronoe really living up to its name!
Years ago I took a picture of E. pandrose that had landed in a pool in the Swedish mountains and it is called Dewy Ringlet in English.
This is technically excellent and nicely presented with a very good note.
Thank you and have a good week!

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-10-04 23:52]

Hello Peter,

This shot is particular. Without comment, the photo will have been called: "The dead of the butterfly". Thanks for the note!

Excellent colours and POV!



As usual, your shots are your signature, so unique and so very beautiful.
Everything is perfect - the pose, the POV, the light and the general technicalities!Very well done, Peter, my friend!

Lieber Peter,
beim Durchblättern der Gallerie stach mir der Falter zunächst nicht ins Auge, zu abgenützt, scheinbar tot auf dem Wasser liegend präsentierte er sich. Dann sah ich Deinen Namen und ich inspizierte das Bild genauer. Was für eine Entdeckung, die Geschichte zum Bild, die seltene Art, die Wassertropfen auf den Flügeln, die jedes Chance des Loskommens von der Wasserobefläche verhinderten. Und dann der Nachgang wie beim Wein: es stellt Deinen Abschied vom Sommer dar. Du bist eben "en Sebesiech", (ein toller Hecht), Peter.
Beste Grüsse aus dem herbstlichen Marly

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-05 2:24]

Lieber Peter,
Der Himmel spiegelte sich auf dem Wasser und war bereit Erebia pronoe aufzunehmen. Dieser jedoch wollte noch leben. Da kam doch so unverhofft die rettende Hand, dort wo sie eigetlich nie ist. Eine so rührende Geschichte, aus einer anderen Welt. Und wenn ich die Bilder im WS ansehe, warst Du wirklich an einem Ort, wo sich nicht einmal Fuchs und Hase treffen.. Markus (Heaven) hat mir von solch gottverlassenen "Swimmingpools" in der Nähe seiner Aegera erzählt. Man muss sie sich allerdings verdienen.
Herzlichen Dank für dieses so poetische und originelle Posting, das Geist, Herz und Seele anspricht.
Wünsche eine schöne Woche

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-05 5:33]

Hello Peter,
If I hadn't read your charming story I'd have guessed that this poor Ringlet was embedded in ice. A stunning capture showing the worn butterfly with open wings against a lovely background! Wonderful light and colours and a beautiful composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-05 5:43]

Hello Peter,
4 October is animals day in the Netherlands. This is a very nice story for that day. Beautiful reflection on the water. Great sharp details and a good diagonal composition.

Hallo Peter
Es ist selten das man ein Schmetterling on der Wasser Fläche sieht und nicht auf einer schönen Blumen oder auf einem grüne Blatt, das macht dieses Bild ganz speziel
seine beschädigte Flügel zeigen das es ein älteres Model ist aber sie haben ihn mit vielen scharfen details abgenommen
mir gefällt auch das schöne Licht und die Wassertröpfchen auf seinen Flügel
Grüsse aus Frankreich

Hello Peter,
Interesting capture of Water Ringlet (I do not know whether it's dead or alive!). Great composition against watery green algae background & excellent notes. Thanks for sharing.

Dear Peter,
The old Rule of Thirds works in this particular case especially well! The layout forcing first into view the insect, and only then allowing the mind to stray...

You achieved a master piece of exposure - taking in consideration the subtle colours of the butterfly,the strong reflections of the water and the dark foreground.

Apropos dark foreground, your "marketing" flair provided there us viewers really with shock treatment, by placing the big, green blob diagonally, in the opposite corner of the butterfly!

The recovering of the animal does not surprise me: when we still lived on the farm, my husband rescued everything out of the swimming pool (except mosquitoes) - and when I placed the drowning-victim in the shade (where it is still 40 C in summer) - they nearly always recovered, as long as I kept the ants away from them...

This proves again, that insects used their long time of evolution very well.

P.S. what about the little insect just after 12 o'clock in your photo?!?

Enjoy the rest of your day

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-01-24 9:14]

Hi Peter.
I have read your story with great interest and I am glad that the end was happy. Excellent shot taken with small compact camera. I am not surprised. In your hand any camera can make wonders. I like very nice and rare scene. You have reproduced it perfectly in every aspect. Butterfly, water plant and water surface are pictured with their attractive details and features. Diagonal co position of the shot is very suitable and nice. My compliments and TS.

Hi peter,

So finally you saved the butterfly. That is the most important thing than just photography.
The picture is nice with good sharpness. Keep it up.
Welldone & Thanks for sharing & saving.


Hello Peter - What an excellent photograph of this attractive species. Very well spotted and presented with stunning details and sharpness. I llike the way you have chosen such attractive POV. Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE. Regards - Srikumar

Hi Peter,
Beautiful story, especially with a happy end, and beautiful photograph as well. Nicely composed, unusual image with great sharpness and color tones. When I first saw the photo (in thumbnail view), I thought the butterfly froze into ice. Top notch image! Bravo - and thanks for helping to the butterfly (in the name of nature).
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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