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Nine Years On TN

Nine Years On TN
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D7100, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-25 5:43
Viewed: 3235
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for your kind words and nice comments of my previous post.

Today’s post is a very rare butterfly, lives only in 2-3 places here I Sweden.Clouded apollo, Mnemosynefjärilen in Swedish ;-)

Time really flies away, today it's nine years ago that I became a member of TN.
The first 6-7 years I was very active here and had about 7-800 pictures in my album.
I removed almost all of them when I lost the desire and tired of taking photos and participating in TN;
Now, the desire have returned and I will be here a little more, maybe a picture of the week.
This rare butterfly is good to celebrate my “birthday here on TN” with. ;-)

Info from Wikipedia.
The Clouded Apollo (Parnassius mnemosyne) is a butterfly species of the family of Swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae) found in Eurasia.
Clouded Apollos inhabit meadows and woodland clearings with plenty of flowering plants, both in the lowlands and in the mountains.
It is not usually found at altitudes above 1500m except in the Asian mountains where it is known also from higher altitudes.
Its range of distribution extends from the Pyrenees, across the Central Massif, the Alps, and the Carpathians as far as central Asia.
It inhabits all European countries including Norway, where it appears rarely and only in certain places.
A special subspecies lived in Denmark, but is now extinct. A great number of different geographical races and individual forms are distinguished in this extensive region. T
He most striking specimens include the dark race from the eastern Bavarian Alps (ssp. hartmanni ); form melania has the most pronounced dark colouring.

Source and more info in different language here

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Dear Gert
Here is my heartfelt congratulation on your success and this wonderful milestone you reached here on Trek Nature. I am so thankful that your desire for placing photos and for photography has returned and I hope it never goes away again. You are one of the stalwarts of Trek Nature I look up to and appreciate each photo you post which I see at the time. I wish you to attain many more success and let all the happiness in this world will be yours.

A great presentation of this beautiful butterfly in a classical wide opened wing position. Very good sharpness. Excellent exposure and colours. Very good contrast against the background. I LOVE the glorious sunlight in the image.

Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-25 6:28]

Hello Gert,
Awesome macro to celebrate this milestone. Congratulations. Nine years, that's almost from the start of this site, I think. Your dedication here is marvellous. The quality of your photos is always superb. And so is this one. Amazing in all aspects. The light and colours are splendid, the sharpness and details perfect and the composition fantastic.
I hope to see lot more in the next years,

Hello Gert

Congratulations to your 9th TN anniversary,
great macro of this butterfly, fine POV to show
its beautiful patterns with its transparency
it is like if the butterfly also had the same
color tones of the flowers, specially at the tail,
the light of the photo it is very beautiful, TFS


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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-07-25 7:06]

Hi Gert,
congratulations for your anniversary,
wonderful photo indeed, excellent lighting,
outstanding details, well composed !
Best regards !

Dear Gert,

Congratulations on the 9th anniversary of your membership with TrekNature.

When I rejoined TN on 31 May I wondered if your bad wrists stopped you posting...
Do you still hibernate in Cyprus every year?

I am looking forward seeing your work again, your photographic technic and artistic flair.
This particular photo shows your excellent macro method, and I enjoy the natural colours.
"Welcome back"
Take care
Warm regards

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2013-07-25 7:39]

Hi Gert,

Congratulations for the nine year in TN,I still wish you alot of success in future years. Thank you alot for sharing your photos in TN.
Excellent macro of the butterfly, very good sharpness and perfect light.
The détails of the wings are superb, TFS.
Have a good day.

Hello Gert,
Always feel lucky to see the works of such an experienced hand and consider as an it achievement.Its a great opportunity to be present personally as a person just starting to learn on the same field of contemporary creative activity.So there is no doubt that your valuable as well as resourceful works will inspire towards the best.
An amazing capture,excellent composition,great sharpness,clarity and colours.
Best regards,

hallo Gert
Congratulation with your nine years on TN

this one is very good
i like the composition and the beautiful colours
great sharpness to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Gert, congratulations for your nine anniversary on YN, great macro of fantastic butterfly, rare in my country too, lovely composition with nice flowers, superb sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mr.Gert,
Congratulation to your 9th TN Anniversary.I haven't seen your 700/800 pictures because I am here 8 months.It's a great loss to those people who use TN as there "Britannica Of Nature Photography".But It is said creative people make things and damages-and again make it in different way.In such way they can purify themselves;they can challenge their ability.And here in TN,we are fortunate that we are the witness.Wish you will continue your great work.
Excellent presentation of this majestic butterfly.Outstanding details with eye-catching composition reflects your great ability.

Thanks for your contribution here in TN,
Kind regards,

Hi Gert,

First of all I take my hat off of you for being here for 9 years... one of the oldest members and still active. I remember writing a critique to you at the time when you said you lost your desire to be here on TN. I wrote the desire will come back... after a week, a month or maybe a year... it's always necessary to take a break sometimes.

About this photo: simply gorgeous. I really like the way how you composed, and the contrast between the bright b-fly and the purple flowers is breathtaking. Such as technical details like sharpness, DoF etc. - but always the composition that is which sells the image.

I hope you'll be here on the site for many more years, and we can enjoy your Art. Although I'm a member for 7 years only, and I was inactive many times, it was great to learn from you for so many years. Like now: I didn't know this species is rare in Sweden... In Hungary it's at least occasional. Not knowing its distribution in Ireland though, where I currently live.

Best regards, László

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-25 15:41]

HI Gert,nothing better to celebrate your 9 years on TN ! A great beauty,i dream one day to meet me too this magnificent specie that lives only in the mountains and not in my fields,the quality is the best available,perfect exposure,details and colors,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful photo Gert! Very good composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.
I have seen this interesting butterfly in Israel.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-25 23:47]

Hello Gert.
Congratulations to your 9th TN anniversary,
fine capture of this butterfly with excellent sharpness and lovely details. I especially like the beautiful colours and the nicely opened wings.Regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-07-27 1:57]

Hi Gert,
I hope that you will be here for a long time and see many beautiful photo like this.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-08-06 22:23]

Hi Gert.
My heartfelt congratulations on this significant for all of us event. Your photos and comments study us how to see the beautifulness of the wild nature world and how to register its wonderful moments by camera. Your anniversary picture is stunning. Butterfly is really amazing and you managed to reflect its charming texture, colouration and shapes precisely with the best exposure, lovely colors and attractive combination of lights and shadows, sharpness and blurriness. All the best to you, regular postings here and nice comments.
Yours Alexei.

Dear Gert,
wonderful, refreshingly colourful portrait of the rare Clouded Apollo in a pleasantly relaxed pose of sucking nectar from Geranium blossoms on a bright sunny day of early summer!
Thank you for your visit and kind words to my recent posting of the Caucasian Apollo Parnassius nordmanni. You mentioned the obvious close relationship between that endemite species of high altitudes of the Caucausus and the Clouded Apollo P. mnemosyne of our European hills and lowlands. They do look and behave quite similar, P. nordmanni still showing some red aposematic coloration like its larger and widely distributed relative P. apollo, while P. mnemosyne's patterns have completely abandoned those eye-spots. While P. apollo caterpillars are feeding on Sedum and Sempervivum, P. nordmanni and P. menmosyne have chosen a very different family of plants for their larval food: Corydalis.
With thanks, and best regards,

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