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Geranium Blue Butterfly

Geranium Blue Butterfly
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1, Pretty - Perfect - Picture, My purple obsession 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-17 8:57
Viewed: 3258
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Geranium Blue - Aricia eumedon

This is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. In Sweden it is widely distributed but is a a fairly rare species and here in the south it is only found in one locality where Geraniums are abundant.

It has a wingspan of 24-27 mm but the size varies depending on its locality. The largest form is seen here. The larvae feed on Geranium sp. and the adults are mostly seen resting on Geraniums as is shown above. The upperside is all brown in the male while the female sometimes has a row of small orange spots as shown in the WORKSHOP. The flight time is from early June to mid-July.

This was taken with the camera handheld. It has been cropped slightly and sharpened.

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hello ulla, great and fatastic shot, thanks and have a nice weekend.
best regards from germany

Hello Ulla,
butterfly beautiful, and beautiful flower! ... Combining both in a single shot is perfect! ... Very good work! very harmonious composition and well selected vertical cut. The set seems evolve from the bottom to up, and from back toward the front, nice effect!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hallo Ulla
I waited for this one! I knew I am going to be pleasantly surprised any time now and here you present to us the image of the day. It is very, very beautiful. The colours and delicate details of both the flower and the dainty butterfly is just to pleasing to the eye. Almost like eye candy. The lavender flower is displayed so beautifully and the pink anthers is an additional bonus to look at. This image is super sharp and I cannot find any fault, I can only sing praises. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-17 9:21]

Hello Ulla
What a great capture:a wonderful butterfly on the beautiful geranium flower!
Great details and colors.TFS!

hello Ulla
great picture with good details and beautiful colours
very nice compo with this beautiful flowerand butterfly
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,
Lovely capture with superb details and great focus. Perfect composition.
The colours of both butterfly and flower are natural.
Great job!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-17 10:33]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly on a geranium flower. Both are splendid in colours and very sharp. Good DOF and composition.

Hi Ulla, how are you, hope well.
A very clear and imaculate capture you have here, both main subject and perch, seem to be chosen for the photo :)
Beutiful soft light and colours.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-17 11:25]

Hi Ulla. A fine close up of the flower and the butterfly. We can see the closed wing markings from the side POV. All with good detail and natural colours. Both stand out well from the BG. TFS.

Hello Ulla,

a vey good prsentation from flower and butterfly.
Good of sharpness, dof and blurred bg.
Fine colours.
Well done, these little blue ones looks almost the same.


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-07-17 12:44]

Hi Ulla,

Wonderfull composition with the butterfly and the flower, great détails and colors.
The sharpness and the light are perfect, good DOF and POV.
TFS, have a nice sunday.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-17 16:06]

What a nice composition to show us a butterfly of my prefered family! Beautifull idea and impressive quality,great sharpness and colors..and isn't easy to take so perfectly this terrible purple!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Ciao Ulla. Good DOF, fine detaisl and best natural beautiful colours.
Have a nice Sunday.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-17 16:44]

Hi Ulla,

This beautiful butterfly and lovely flower are a winning combination. Can't get much prettier than this. The colors are exquisite and the details are superb. The little Blue looks so dainty and delicate. I love the setting and the diagonal composition.


This is the last word in terms of 'ideal' settings for a nature picture, Ulla.
The Geranium Blue, as if aware of your presence, has adopted the most appealing pose on the flower like a model and you as the professional photographer have done your job extremely well.
A picture like this easily transcends the mundane and turns into a perfect work of art.
Thanks and regards.

Good Morning Ulla,

I simply love the mood you captured in the shot! An ideal blurry blue BG gives perfect contrast to this beautiful Geranium beauties.
Perfect sharpness and very well chosen POV with wonderful details. Well done!
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


Bonjour Ulla
Une très belle réussite, la fleur plus le papillon sont splendides, et très bien restitués.
Merci pour cette très belle image

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-18 5:23]

Hello Ulla,
very nicely composed butterfly-flower in action. The purple flower petals give an outstanding background to pronounce the beauty of the little butterfly. how nice to see everything in splendid sharpness, especially with SX10IS.
you have mastered this little monster very well to give such a pleasant and wonderful composition.


Hi Ulla,
What a catch, a beautiful flower and a butterfly. You must have had a lot of patience to get to this result. My hat is off for it.
You captured both with great detail and with a perfect DOF. I like the subtle lighting and the natural colors.

Hello Ulla, superb close up shot with wonderful composition and great details.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla
lovely tiny butterfly, nice pose in the middle of this Geranium flower,
this image is very sharp and very well composed,
Have a good night

Hi Ulla,
What a wonderful composed, clear and fantastic picture, the colours of the flower are the perfect contrast to the butterfly!

Great work which is very well done!
Many thanks for sharing it!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-19 1:32]

Hello Ulla!

Congratulations! Another beautifull specie from Lycaenidae, totally unknown to me! Fantastic composition with violet flower, very good details on small butterfly.

Geia sou Ulla
great and fatastic shot, with good details and beautiful colours,very nice composition with this beautiful butterfly on a flower.
Filika Giorgos

Tu galería va creciendo de nuevo y me alegro de ello. Yo también tuve pensamientos de borrar todo en aquella ocasión, pero mis fotos se salvaron :-)

Nos presentas un bello conjunto. Al igual que las fotos de Ivan, rebosa naturalidad tanto en la luz como en los colores; son carecterísticas de agradecer de vuestras fotografías.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-19 13:56]

Hello Ulla,
A very pretty butterfly which you present very well. Very good colors and details.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-19 14:49]

Hello Ulla,
What a beautiful capture,excellent natural colors and splendid sharpness.Wonderful composition.TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-20 4:03]

Hello Ulla,
A very fine composition and subtle color-combination. I like the point of view you have chosen and the generous framing. The Geranium Blue on its foodplant. Very nice!
Kind regards

Ciao Ulla, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful flower, great details, fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla. Very impressive shot!
The composition, colours, POV and details are all great.
TFS and kind regards,

Hi Ulla,

Beautiful photo of this butterfly resting on its host plant. Good composition, colour ans sharpness.

Hellow Ulla,
Another great portrait from you of this beautifully soft coloured butterfly.Although seemingly soft lighting you have created good clarity and portraying the butterflies details such as its unique wing colouration and designs.Your sharpness has even shown its dark and white antennas, well done.

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