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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 19:50
Viewed: 2590
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A while back I posted what I thought was a Monarch, but thanks to some TN friends who pointed out that I had been fooled, and it was actually a look-a-like Viceroy. This time I checked more closely and am positive that my ID is correct.

This little fellow along with many of it's cousins have been visiting the clover field out back quite frequently lately. I suppose they are just gearing up for the big Fall migration when thousands upon thousands of their kind will begin the long journey south towards Mexico, as well as other Southwesterns regions.

I look forward to this predicted event every year, as Monarch after Monarch fly lazily through our area all day long in great numbers. At times it's as though you see one every few seconds only to be followed by another and then another.

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Hi Ron,
This image is big and beutiful. The colors of the monarch and clover excellant. A really sharp image. It's always great to see these butterflies here. Nicely done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-21 20:10]

Hello ron,
very beautiful butterfly well presented in a very defined details and colours. So nice close to look at its features and patterns.
The sharpness is so good and the colour contrast too is well shown.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-09-21 20:15]

Hello Rom!
Before go to bed...and full of sleep ( is midnight here)I can not pass up this beautiful picture without a word of congratulation. You did a fabulous job!!!
Wow! A fist class pic, dear Rom!Lovely natutal colors, great sharpness, elegant Bg and nice POV.Great job, indeed! Many congrats!!! TFS
Regards from,

Great photo Ron! The composition is excellent. The colors and the lighting are fantastic. Impressive sharpness too.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-21 22:35]

Bonjour Ron,
Belle image, composition excellente. Les couleurs, l'éclairage et la netteté sont impressionnantes.

Good day friend Ron! Hope you are OK, and let me continue with a loudly WOW here. Bravo...a magnificent shot skilfully taken from a brilliant point of view under spectacular soft light, perhaps shades , but every detail has been captured ..big time! WOW again! Perfect balance between shadows and highlights and the white balance seems fantastic too! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us and thank you for your last kind comments for my posts ...
George Veltchev

Hello Ron
Great macro. Awesome sharpness and beautiful, vivid colors.

Hi Ron, What a superb clean and crisp macro image with lovely warm colour saturation, pin sharp with awesome and fine details, great effort Ron and very well done,
Best Regards,


Ciao Ron, great macro of fantastic butterflyon a beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ron,
What a lovely image with fantastic colours. It is a wonderful composition
with perfect focus and great POV.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-22 1:34]

Hi Ron,
Simply superb ..
Great macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details.
Best wishes,

A superb photo, excellent composition and detail. A feast for the eyes. regards yiannis

Hello Ron,
fine capture of this beautiful butterfly with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I like its pose on the pink flower and your well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-22 7:39]

Hello Ron,
Fantastic photo in splendid well saturated colours and great sharpness. The clover is also brilliant. Beautiful dark contrasting BG. Excellent composition.

Hello Ron,
Very nice capture of this butterfly captured with very good details, sharpness, colours, contrast, POV and composition. Well done!

Ron, this is a great shot of this Monarch. You did a great job capturing it. It has good sharpness and deail. It could be a little over sharpened.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-22 12:01]

Hello Ron,
The classic shot of the beautiful Monarch on an isolated colorful flower. You have done a great job on this!. Colors, detail, and DOF are on the point.Nice Work!Best regards Siggi

Hallo Ron,
a fantastic macro shot, superb sharpness and spectacular colours, excellent point of view and nice composition
Best regards

Hello Ron,
Spectacular macro with great focus and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
It is a splendid butterfly with impressive colors.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-23 10:04]

Hi Ron!
Marvellous, colorful image, very well composed.
Perfect sharpness and fine details.
Great blurred BG.
Ciao! Vanda

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