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Common blue
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Copyright: ridvan iron (ridvan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-09 14:45
Viewed: 2754
Points: 18
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Common blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Family: Lycaenidae

Icarus (mythology)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Icarus was the son of Daedalus. He was imprisoned, with his father, in a tower on Crete, by the king, Minos.

Daedalus contrived to make his escape from his prison, but could not leave the island by sea, as the king kept strict watch on all the vessels, and permitted none to sail without being carefully searched. "Minos may control the land and sea," said Daedalus, "but not the regions of the air. I will try that way." So he set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son Icarus. He wrought feathers together beginning with the smallest and adding larger, so as to form an increasing surface. The larger ones he secured with thread and the smaller with wax, and gave the whole a gentle curvature like the wings of a bird. Icarus, the boy, stood and looked on, sometimes running to gather up the feathers which the wind had blown away, and then handling the wax and working it over with his fingers, by his play impeding his father in his labors.

When at last the work was done, the artist, waving his wings, found himself buoyed upward and hung suspended, poising himself on the beaten air. He next equipped his son in the same manner, and taught him how to fly, as a bird tempts her young ones from the lofty nest into the air. When all was prepared for flight, he said, "Icarus, my son, I charge you to keep at a moderate height, for if you fly too low the damp will clog your wings, and if too high the heat will melt them. Keep near me and you will be safe." While he gave him these instructions and fitted the wings to his shoulders, the face of the father was wet with tears, and his hands trembled. He kissed the boy, not knowing that it was for the last time. Then rising on his wings he flew off, encouraging him to follow, and looked back from his own flight to see how his son managed his wings. As they flew the ploughman stopped his work to gaze, and the shepherd leaned on his staff and watched them, astonished at the sight, and thinking they were gods who could thus cleave the air.

They passed Samos and Delos on the left and Lebynthos on the right, then the boy, exulting in his career, began to leave the guidance of his companion and soar upward as if to reach heaven. The nearness of the blazing sun softened the wax which held the feathers together, and they came off. He fluttered with his arms, but no feathers remained to hold the air. While his mouth uttered cries to his father, it was submerged in the blue waters of the sea, which thenceforth was called by his name. His father cried, "Icarus, Icarus, where are you?" At last he saw the feathers floating on the water, and bitterly lamenting his own arts, he buried the body and called the land Icaria in memory of his child. Daedalus arrived safe in Sicily, where he built a temple to Apollo, and hung up his wings, an offering to the god.

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  • Great 
  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-09 15:08]

nice colors good focus nice composition with the flower nice DOF

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-06-09 17:15]

Uma bonita foto uma bela borboleta, estamos no inverno e esta dificil capturar esta beleza por aqui mais espero que breve estaremos fotografando maravilhosas como esta parabéns.
Nilson

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-09 17:29]

Hi Ridvan. Good shot again from you. good colour and detail.nice POV on the plant. well done TFS. great notes my friend.

Nick..

Hi Ridvan,
Very good looking capture. Nicely framed. Only distracting is that the wing is a little shattered. Its Nature!
Anyway Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-10 6:51]

Ridvan, nice color and lovely focus and subject is in center. Good shot. TFS Ganesh

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-10 11:23]

Hi Ridvan,

Lovely butterfly on a beautiful flower. Poor thing has seen better days. It's no fun getting old. Excellent colors and details.

Jane

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-11 7:40]

Hi Ridvan,
a great shot of this small butterfly.
Sharp and well composed with a decent DOF.
Well done,
Joey

Dear Ridvan, Superb shot, I like the colours and the beautiful composition, you could have cropped both sides and given a vertical frame for this. TFS. With best regards.vab.

Hi Ridvan,
I think this is not P.icarus but Aricia agestis(Brown argus).
TFS Harm

merhaba rıdvan bey
çok güzel bir çalışma tebrikler...

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