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The wheel of love

The wheel of love
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sexy nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-12 3:58
Viewed: 4932
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale)

Adults. Adult body about 26–29–32 mm long. Average wingspan 35 mm; hindwings 15–20 mm long.

The eyes lateral and widely separated; blue. The front of the head immediately interior to the eyes pale whitish blue.

The prothorax posteriorly more or less entire. Legs black and blue (blue below). Hind tibia without a featherlike expansion. Thoracic antehumeral stripes present (humerals also conspicuous); blue (in the male), or green (in the female). The wings held vertically in repose; similar in shape and venation; petiolate; unpatterned and clear. The inner wing venation blackish. Discoidal cell a simple quadrilateral, not longitudinally divided (trapezoid, without transverse veinlets). The wings exhibiting 3 psqs cells between the quadrilateral cell and the subnodus. Antenodal veins in the forewings 2. Pterostigma more or less isodiametric (diamond shaped); pale with a dark centre (with a blackish centre surrounded by a hyaline ring and a black border). The hindwings with only one row of cells distal to the pterostigma between the costa and the radial vein.

Abdomen linear from base to tip (very slender); 22–26 mm long; predominantly blue and black (blue conspicuously patterned with black in the male), or bronze, or black (the greyish ground hidden by the blackish bronze patterning in the female); predominantly transversely banded (in the female), or complexly patterned (the second segment of the male characterised by a black figure resembling the usual sign for the planet Mercury, while that of the female has one shaped like a thistle-head. In the male, segments 3 to 6 have posterior black spots or bands, which are anteriorly prolonged into a lanceolate median line in the first two or three of these; segment 7 is entirely black, 8 is blue usually with a pair of black spots, and 9 and 10 are black edged with blue. In the female, segments 3–10 are not conspicuously patterned, save for narrow, posterior, bright blue rings on segments 7 and 8); without mid-dorsal spots. Abdominal segment 2 of the male blue, with a complex dorsal black Mercury mark. The male abdomen without auricles on segment 2; with paired inferior anal appendages. Abdominal segment 8 of the female without a ventral apical spine.

sam224, Luc, Janice, Comandante, phlr, AndyB, chiliu, red45, sAner, TAZ, dew77, marhowie, carper, liquidsunshine, gerhardt, honza, Signal-Womb, extramundi, Marche has marked this note useful
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Wow Heinz.. that's excellent. Very nice close in. Vivid colours, perspective and sharpness excellent. A great work. Well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-12 4:12]

Wow Heinz, good capture. Quite back-breaking too for them as well. Very sharp and clear and good colours too. Well done.

Hello Heinz!
Magnificent macro.Colors,razor sharp details,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-12 4:41]

GREAT job on this picture!
Wonderful moment of Nature!
5* photo!
Perfect on details!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-12 5:01]

Very good capture, Heinz. Here all is ok. I like it. Good note, too. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-12 5:05]

A nice macro Heinz,
Good vivid colours,nice detail and a great POV.
Very well captured.


Lovely pose, Heinz.
Very sharp image, beautiful colour.
Great shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-12 5:56]

Coppulating Damselflies are amazing - best of all is heart-like shape which they make. Great moment and composition. I like bright BG and fresh colours. Good work Heinz!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-12 6:41]

Very good capture Greg! Colors are very nice and details are good. I like the pose of the damsels, but compositionwise I would have liked to see both damsels completely in the frame or a tighter crop. Well done & TFS!


great job, wonderful picture. Excellent colours. Good job, well done!;-)

hello:) what a pose! what a moment! beauty macro with great colours and DOF:)



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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-12 12:25]

yes Heinz I like the shot,
The crop is made very well, the pov is good and both damselflies are very detailed, very good job,
gr. Jaap

Nicely captured Heinz,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Great POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting.

Great moment you captured. Wish I could get this. :)

Color/levels: ****
Composition/placement: **
Exposure: ***
Focus/sharpness: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Impact: *****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-12 20:04]

Heinz, great title to this very nice picture.

Excellent colors and composition. I do enjoy pov too.

I added your picture to a theme of mine.

very nice composition!
sharpness +++++, colors are wonderful
TFS, Laurent

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-13 3:27]

Hello Heinz!
Superb capture.Lighting,crisp clear details,sharpness,colors and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-13 5:01]

Woooooow ! Wonderful and interesting close-up for this superb couple in love ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are great ! Thanks for sharing Heinz.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-13 5:08]

Superb detail of damselflies. Razorsharp details and beautiful colors.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-13 6:56]

Hello Heinz!
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Very nice macro Heinz! Excellent details, colors and sharpness, These mating pairs are difficult to get both subjects within your DOF but you've done very well here, Great capture!

Very nice capture with effective close composition on this mating scene. Detail is very good. Nice work Heinz.

The details shown in this one, are just great.
Surgical shot to show the precise point of interest.
Excellent composition for a wonderful post.
Beautiful, well done Heinz.

Bonsoir Heinz,
Excellente composition. Vous avez capturé un moment décisif avec un maximun de détails. Superbes couleurs.
Merci du partage.

Wouhaa, en plus elles forment un coeur, superbe cette macro, du grand art !



Wie schafft man es, solch einen Superschuß zu machen? Wo findet man diese tollen Insekten.
Bin total neidisch - mit meiner Kamera kann man zwar bis auf 1 cm nahe ran, aber wann lassen einen die Tierchen so nahe ran?
Alle Bilder sind so erstklassig,
vielen Dank für's Zeigen.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-08-14 7:53]

This is an exceptional photo. These damselflys are real acrobats!The light, details and sharpness are really amazing.
Great shot.


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