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Ready For Winter (I)

Ready For Winter (I)
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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: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pieces of Pond on My Desk [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-30 4:33
Viewed: 4260
Points: 34
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Today not very showy pictures, but very special for me. As I wrote before I've got freshwater aquarium with different kinds of plants and animals [but not boring and stupid fishes ;-)]. For me it is best way to survive winter. Snow, frost, darkness outside my house and I've got piece of living pond on my desk. Perfect for long winter evenings. Full of dynamic action. Last few days I was busy after work preparing my aquarium for winter season. I went to The Garden for new animals and plants [by the way - I saw one of my favourite water insect - Nepa cinerea], buy new gravel, etc. Now aquarium is ready for dark times.

This is my first post from this serie. I'm sure there will be many more. Some animals will hatch, some will grow - everyday there will be something new to photograph.

On my picture you can see:

1) Ephemeroptera - very fast and interesting insects. Larvae of dragonflies and water beetles hunt them very often. I like watch them - they've got very interesting external branchias.

2) Hydra Vulgaris (Hydrazoa) - or maybe similiar specie. Hydra on my picture is with young one after budding.

3) Spongillidae or Bryozoa - without microscope I haven't idea. Too small to proper identify.

4) Mochlonyx sp. (Chaoboridae) - very common and nice looking larva. Almost transparent body, dynamic movement, good shape ;-)

I hope I identyfied well these animals, if not, I'm sure some TNers [like Cedryk] will help :-)

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One thats not from Eastearn Europe would maybe have a hard time understand the "essence" you captured here, Greg ! I know I do ! And if I may say you images are getting better and better !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-30 4:42]

Hello Greg!
Wonderful shots,presentetion and note.Excellent work!Thanks for sharing...:-)

Wow what a strange aquarium you have, i love the idea and it's certainly different, Greg.
An excellent collage of stuff that we normally wouldn't see.
Thanks for sharing.

Great note and a wonderfull clarification about your collage of freshwater animals/plants. I look forward to the continuing story about further developments during the winter. TFS,

Hi Greg, nice to meet your friends in your freshwater aquarium. How big is this tank? These photos are all good shots, very clear to see. So do they turn into insects and what happens to them then? I do find it all very interesting, thank you my friend.

Hello Greg!
Very nice presentation.You can find subjects everywhere to post;).Every frame are very interesting and well composed.Thanks for sharing.
PS.Yes we are happy about the score of our team;)Where is Joanna?

Hi Greg,
I love your non conventional aquarium. What a great way to learn and study your environment better. The photos and presentation are excellent. Nice job.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-30 12:04]

Grzegorz, to me, they're showy. One must consider the conditions on which they were taken.

I do enjoy the results. It's a very nice ideal. Keep on bringing them.

You poor boy,
I thing it's realy hard for you when winter is coming. I like winter, but I'm also sad to see no more insects, I think today was the last day for me seeing dragonflies and a hornet.
It will be cold in the nights, so they are going to die.
Your hobby is very interesting and I like today's collage very much, a little dark but this gives a mystic spirit, I like it.
Very well done, I always like to look at your photos and read your notes, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Greg I love, very interesting post and very much in the spirit of TN 8/10 Excellent work.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-30 15:42]

czego tu nie ma, dużo żyjątek wodnych pokazałeś.Bdb jakość i fajny pomysł.
Pozdr. Al.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-09-30 17:31]

Czesc, a wiec tak wyglada Twoj podwodny ogrod zimowy :-) Jesli chodzi o 3 to na pewno nie gabki, raczej mszywioly mszywioly albo ewentualnie jakies drobne parzydelkowce. Fajna fotka. Niestety nie bede mogl byc na Interstone :-( Serdecznosci. Michal

it's a very good serie greg,
good informative, very nice shots,and yes when the winter comes there are a lot changes, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-04 6:18]
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Bardzo fajne zdjęcia, szkoda że nie zrobione w naturze , ale i tak super.
Dobre zdjęcia dydaktyczne.

Your ideas are amazing :)
The presentation, the photos, but first of all the idea of showing these tiny creatures are great.
This is no doubt one of the most interesting posts on TN.

Hello Greg,

It is taking me a while to check out the postings that I missed, but I start now and here go the questions...

Well done on this by the way, well presented, and great notes.

First a general inquiry as to the lighting in this micro world. Is it not a good idea to add some extra lighting for photos, or
will this harm the life forms?

#1. What is "branchias"?

These look like small scorpions.
Are they much larger or smaller than say, perhaps the damselflies of your latest post?

#2. "After budding"? What does this mean?
Is it not a creature, but a plant?
Is the entire thing a young one or just the part hanging down at the bottom?

#3. Are we looking at the fine dotted substance that is clinging (quite artfully), on the branches of this plant?

#4. This is my favorite, (less scary than #1, and easier to identify its boundaries.)

Larva of what?
Will it stay transparent?
How large is it, or will it get, and is it more a predator or prey for the other lifeforms in your aquarium?

Thank you for sharing this with us.
(And for putting up with all my inquiries ... :-))

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-12-03 23:34]

Desde luego se nota la gran evolucion de las primeras a las ultimas fotografias, excelente seguimiento, ha sido un placer aprender con tu trabajo en todos los sentidos, fotografica y biologicamente hablando.

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