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Gold on Blue

Gold on Blue
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Copyright: Julian Dowding (julian) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 114] (605)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-02
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-02 11:42
Viewed: 4005
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Small Tortoiseshell (aglais urticae) pupa hanging from a nettle leaf.
Small Tortoiseshells are nettle feeders during larval stage and often you can look through the nettle stems and see these golden gems hanging there. The word'chrysalis' probably has something to do with gold from our ancient language and of course, chrysalis is another word for pupa.
Just why they should be created this way is a mystery to me but perhaps the spangling under the canopy of a nettle bed-ouch- helps to scatter light and make one look away. I don't know. Bu, but hat is one hyposthesis.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-07-02 13:45]

selam julian ;nice shot and composition, good details presented, nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-02 14:07]

Hi julian. a ery good picture of the Small Tortoiseshell pupa. .Its colours against the green leaf is very good indeed,i like the compostion.and POV. very well done TFS.good notes to thanks.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-02 16:06]

Hola Julián,
preciosa macro,
bellos detalles y pov,

Hi Julian

Great looking chrysalid that will become a handsome butterfly. That golden colour is marvelous indeed.

Cheers, Petru

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-07-02 23:59]

Hello Julian,
A rare view of this beautiful chrysalid.
The details are exceptionally sharp, with excellent exposure and rich colors.
I love the color of the BG. What is it?
TFS. : )

The first thing that grabs me about this shot are the colours, especially the turquoise bg. They are stunning, and work so well together.
Grat detail yet it all seems a bit too close for me, I think I would have preferred a shot with the whole of the leaf - just my humble opinion :o)
Thank you for posting.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-03 2:13]

Hello Julian,
You have photographed this pupa in an excellent way. Perfect light, beautiful background and good sharpness, make this mostly overlooked subject look very interesting.
Thank's and best regards

great picture again julian!your macro photos are one of the most well done i saw!
nice compositions are always accompagnying your savoir-faire!

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