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To Better Days

To Better Days
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-09 12:48
Viewed: 4878
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Still dreaming and yearning for better days...spring...summer...I wish I could crawl inside this image...or I wish I was the butterfly in this image. :0) This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and there isn't much more I can say about this lep that I haven't already written in a previous image I posted some months ago. They are big, bold, plentiful, and beautiful and all my summer dreams for the past 50 years have always included this giant that flutters with slow deliberate grace through the gardens and over the treetops. It is as much a part of summer as lawnmowers buzzing in the background and sprinklers shooting water in a hypnotic rhythm. And as you lightly swing in your hammock drifting off for an afternoon snooze, a soft breeze caresses your face...or was it the kiss of the Tiger Swallowtail's wings?

liquidsunshine, marhowie, PDP, azulu, scottevers7, ellis49, red45 has marked this note useful
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Very pleasant Shot Lesley,
Fantastic clear and clean detail. Great DOF and wonderful colours.
Thanks for posting

Lesley, Great shot! Like the POV & the Swallowtail dipping its "straw". Excellent color with the OOF BG colors very pleasing. "To Better Days"!!! TFS!

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-09 15:04]

Nice shot Lesley. Good composition with nice colors and sharpness. Good note.



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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-09 19:28]

Belle composition avec de merveilleuses couleurs. La définition est aussie superbe. Très agréable à regarder. Merci pour l'envoi.

A beautiful shot on this swallowtail. I never get tired of seeing great shots like this. Color and detail are great. Nice Work!

Very good Lesley.
I'm agree with you, we can soon see and shoot this beautiful butterflies.
Good POV, composition and colours.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-10 4:04]

We haven't got too long before it all starts again. Excellent composition and colours Lesley. The background is very good too and I really like hte POV. Thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-10 4:40]

Great tribute to Swallowtail Lesley! I love your note. Picture as always excellent but this time very special in combination with your words. TFS!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-10 6:21]

Beuatiful capture, Lesley. The flower and the butterfly are both extremely sharp! Well done!

So all the big butterflies don't live in Texas!

A beauttiful image, great combination of colours and the OOF background is nice also. the US certainly has its share of wonders and you illustrate them delightfully, well done.

As spring slowly creeps up on you so does autumn here. Our turn to get some cold and bad light.

It's a beauty! Everything falls nneatly in place to make this an outstanding capture. I could really go on and on about what is nice... Not a nit! Masterpiece.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-02-19 8:37]

excellent colorful image!

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