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Common blue - male -

Common blue - male -
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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: 2005-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-25 3:40
Viewed: 3132
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
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Common blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Family: Lycaenidae

Icarus (mythology)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Icarus was the son of Daedalus. He was imprisoned, with his father, in a tower on Crete, by the king, Minos.

Daedalus contrived to make his escape from his prison, but could not leave the island by sea, as the king kept strict watch on all the vessels, and permitted none to sail without being carefully searched. "Minos may control the land and sea," said Daedalus, "but not the regions of the air. I will try that way." So he set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son Icarus. He wrought feathers together beginning with the smallest and adding larger, so as to form an increasing surface. The larger ones he secured with thread and the smaller with wax, and gave the whole a gentle curvature like the wings of a bird. Icarus, the boy, stood and looked on, sometimes running to gather up the feathers which the wind had blown away, and then handling the wax and working it over with his fingers, by his play impeding his father in his labors.

When at last the work was done, the artist, waving his wings, found himself buoyed upward and hung suspended, poising himself on the beaten air. He next equipped his son in the same manner, and taught him how to fly, as a bird tempts her young ones from the lofty nest into the air. When all was prepared for flight, he said, "Icarus, my son, I charge you to keep at a moderate height, for if you fly too low the damp will clog your wings, and if too high the heat will melt them. Keep near me and you will be safe." While he gave him these instructions and fitted the wings to his shoulders, the face of the father was wet with tears, and his hands trembled. He kissed the boy, not knowing that it was for the last time. Then rising on his wings he flew off, encouraging him to follow, and looked back from his own flight to see how his son managed his wings. As they flew the ploughman stopped his work to gaze, and the shepherd leaned on his staff and watched them, astonished at the sight, and thinking they were gods who could thus cleave the air.

They passed Samos and Delos on the left and Lebynthos on the right, then the boy, exulting in his career, began to leave the guidance of his companion and soar upward as if to reach heaven. The nearness of the blazing sun softened the wax which held the feathers together, and they came off. He fluttered with his arms, but no feathers remained to hold the air. While his mouth uttered cries to his father, it was submerged in the blue waters of the sea, which thenceforth was called by his name. His father cried, "Icarus, Icarus, where are you?" At last he saw the feathers floating on the water, and bitterly lamenting his own arts, he buried the body and called the land Icaria in memory of his child. Daedalus arrived safe in Sicily, where he built a temple to Apollo, and hung up his wings, an offering to the god.

NINIX, TAZ, Comandante, Janice, phlr, electra, chiliu, red45, marhowie, lucky, carper, wishnugaruda, sAner, extramundi has marked this note useful
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A great photo and a great note. Thanks for sharing!

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-25 4:00]

Ha Heinz,

Good detailed capture of that interesting "ordinairy" blue. It is funny that most of the time they keep the wings closed so you don;t see any blue at all.



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-25 4:09]

Very lovely shot, Heinz. I love the pastel colors here. Beautiful butterfly with sharp details and perfect exposure. Great job and TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-25 4:14]

The Blue is common but not your photo ;-) A beautiful butterfly in a beautiful composition. Great colors on a soft background. I like to see the little trunk feeding into pink flower. Thanks to sharing Heinz.

Hello Heinz!
Very nice capture.Colors,POV,DOF and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-25 4:21]

What a sweet Common Blue. so dainty and pretty standing on the flower. Good sharpness and colours Heinz, well portrayed. I like it, well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-25 4:36]

Very beautiful photo!
Clear and vibrant colors!
Also common in Portugal.
5* photo!

Very sharp and detailed close-up shot. Colours and detail are good. I can't help thinking that this would look better in portrait format with more of the flower in view?

das ist ein wirklich schönes Foto. Und die Geschichte erst, gut gemacht!:-)

Lieben Gruß


Hi Heinz,
Very beautiful photo!
Superb composition, excellent colour, details and background.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-25 7:02]

Hi Heinz!
Common but beautifull and hard to capture :-) Delicate colours, great composition and sharpness. Very well captured butterfly.

Hello Heinz, I'm getting things wrapped-up, no time to comment but well deserved :-)

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  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-08-25 11:29]

Excellent macro shot, sharpness and structures are all clear and crisp, colours are strong and beautiful...
Very well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-25 12:48]

very good one Heinz,
When the blue one, turn on a few cm more to the camera, the composition was better. Yes only a few cm is important for the composition,Oh yes I love the shot, but I try to say you how it could be done better, The pov is good, the dof is exelent, I think it is one of your best butterfly shots. and what I like to here is that there is no noise, very good job Heinz,
gr. Jaap

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-08-25 13:19]

What a wonderful macro of this butterfly. Very great work.

Lovely shot Heinz!
It has beautiful colours and perfect lighting. Details, POV and composition are very good as well.
Overall, superb post.

Hallo Heinz,
dieser hier ist mein absoluter Liebling, er sieht so niedlich aus mit seinen Härchen am Bauch und rundherum um die Flügel, wie die Quasten an einem Teppich - jetzt spinnt sie total, wirst Du denken - aber ich hab' eben Phantasie. Wie auch immer, die Farben sind wundervoll und die Schärfe nicht zu toppen.
Hast Du auch ein Photo von ihm mit offenen Flügeln, dieses Blau muss herrlich sein.
Danke schön und viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-25 15:55]

Hi Heinz,

This is a very good macroshot. The details are razorsharp and the colors are powerful and saturated. Composition is great and exposure is spot on. This is a crisp and clear shot. The note is really interesting. Very well done & TFS!


Excellent capture Heinz,
Great colors and details on the butterfly. Very nice green BG. I like the composition with the little flower.
Congratulations and TFS!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-26 8:33]

Hi Heinz,
I like it photo and b-fly. Good work. Friends all told You.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-27 0:44]

Heinz, to me, it's simply perfect.

Lovely colors, great lighting; excellent sharpness pov and composition. A perfect beauty.


excelent, beautiful colors and well background,
i have one image similar to this from another aLycaenidae in Iran, i didnt know its name and someone said that in Treknature,seee my photo,they are same,
i think my picture is a little sharper than yours.but the important thing is the same family of butterfly in separate parts of the world.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-01 22:03]

Hi Heinz,
A real beauty, you did a great work i like the composition and colours. Details,sharpness,dof & pov are great, very well done.


Excellent pic, I missed this one.
This are very hard to get right, you managed a great shot.
Composition, colours and details are on the spot.
Thanks for sharing, Heinz.

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