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I Want To Be An Astronaut!

I Want To Be An Astronaut!
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50 - 60 points (chapter two), Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2), Best of Olympus 740UZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-18 3:40
Viewed: 3921
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not only humans look at stars. See this small Pollen Beetle at top of upper petal? He dreams about stars, too :-)

Pollen Beetles:

Life Cycle:
Adults overwinter at the edge of woodlands or in undergrowth, emerging from hibernation around the middle of March or beginning of April when the temperature reaches 50°F (11°C). After a short period of feeding, the female begins laying eggs. The female bites a small hole at the base of the flower bud and deposits eggs on the stamens or pistil. One female can lay up to 250 eggs. The eggs hatch within 4 to 9 days, and the larvae remain in the flower bud, feeding on pollen.
The larvae have two instars over a period of 30 days. The second instars migrate to other buds, then drop to the ground to pupate in a shallow earthen cell.
After 14 to 18 days, the young adult emerges, generally around the middle of May and begins a new cycle. The second generation emerges at the end of June, feeding on pollen in weeds, and by the end of July, seeks a sheltered location of hibernation.

The pollen beetle feeds on the pollen of rape (brassica family), members of the rose family, Umbelliferau (astrantia, carrots, parsnips, hemlock, fennel, parsley, dill) and Cruciferaceae (broccoli, watercress). When the temperature rises to 60°, the adults prefer Cruciferaceae. Most damage is caused by adults prior to flowering, biting holes into buds to reach the stamens, often damaging the pistil, resulting in sterility or loss of the flower. Once flowering begins, the beetle feeds on the exposed pollen and causes little damage.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-04-18 4:03]

Superb photo Greg. Beautiful composition, razorsharp details and very nice background and colors too.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-04-18 4:06]

Woow.. Greg, what an excellent shot, details and sharpness just great! Very well done!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-18 4:22]
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Piękne zdjecie!

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-04-18 4:23]

Beautiful photo.
I like composition with beetle at the top.
Nice sharpness and details.
Good colours and DOF.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-18 4:26]

Very good composition!
Details and Dof are perfect!TFS...

Nice one Greg. The beetle is great and the beautiful yellow flowers are a double bonus! Piekne zdjecie! I think I can see another beetle on the lower flower too. This is an excellent macro Greg. Well done.

very nice photo.I like motiv and callorers.

very nice photo Grzegorz,
The composition is very nice with very nice details, good colours an exelent dov, and a good pof, very good photo,
gr. Jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-18 7:21]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ces fleurs jaunes avec le petit insecte. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

Greg, I have to hand it to you..You really come up with some creative titles to your photos!! Perfect light, details and colors and a well composed shot..Very well done!

Exceptional exposure, sharpness and composition. this is really a work of art, Greg. Catchy title too. Very well done.

Beautiful shot Grezegorz.
The flowers are perfect with the insect!
Good job!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-18 10:05]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks, Grzegorz, for sharing so beautifull pictures and for the enjoyment which they give us and for the feeling to feel less ignorant after the reading of your note.

Nice shot, very nice forms and colours.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-18 12:41]

Excellent shot Greg! Extremely well composed, lovely colors, good details, great & funny title and you just gotta love the astronaut! :) Well done & TFS! :)

Superb photo, Grzegorz! Wonderful composition, with good colors, detail and lighting. Great pose on the beetle and interesting POV. What more can I say? Thank you and well done!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-18 14:05]

Greg, are you itchy after laying down on moss?
Excelent capture and well done on getting the bug on the tip of the pedal.


Ver nice shot Greg,
I really like the POV. Nicely composed, excelllent details, colours and sharpness.
Thanks for posting

A fantastic capture. The flowers are incredible, perfect. Excellent composition, oh and the beetle is good too!!!
Great note, thanks for posting.

Great shot Greg!
Beetle is nice bonus, but these flowers are so perfectly captured that they simply take almost all my attention.
Great colours and almost perfect light.
I love it.
Well done!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-04-18 15:53]

Super ostre i ³adny opis, jak zwykle. Podoba mi siê. Gratulujê i pozdrawiam,

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-18 16:13]

A great shot greg.
Very well composed,excellent detail.
A nice pose from the little beetle too!
Great work,well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-18 16:48]

Great composition. The beetle is the icing on the cake. Beautiful colours and nice textured background. Good work.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-18 20:27]

This is stunning Greg. The sharpness, color and exposure here is as close to perfect as it gets.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-18 22:20]

Superbe composition, j'aime beaucoup les contraste de couleurs. Ceci est une belle photo très agréable à regarde.

Félicitations !!!

Śliczne gwiazdki :-) Ja też bym chciała taką gwiazdke z niebia!

This a very nice picture Greg, it's spring in Poland too.
Great colours, compostion and the little fly makes great.
Very well done.

The shape to these flowers is exqusite Greg. You do have a good eye for the beautiful. Nice colour and excellent light. Have you booked Bug Lightyear on his StarTrek yet? Well done on this awesome shot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-12 20:16]

Grzegorz, very nice title, great sharpness, vivid shades of yellow.

Another artistic shot.

P.S.: I did enjoy your new intro.

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