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The weed !

The weed !
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/340 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies Chapter2, Flora of the Sydney region, Australia, Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia, Australian Butterflies 1, Lantana Flowers and their visitors, Butterflies on Lantana Flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-25 0:11
Viewed: 6582
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Iíve previously posted fungi from Macquarie Pass National Park, so this time I thought a butterfly will do. This is a Symmomus Skipper (Trapezites symmomus), an endangered species. I think itís ironic that this scarce butterfly is observed here feeding on an introduced weed (Lantana camara), though lantana does provide many bees, butterflies and birds with nectar. Itís interesting, that in places where mass lantana reduction occurs many smaller birds and mammals that use this plant for food and protection disappear. Anyway the skipper is widely distributed through eastern Australia though I have not seen this species before at this location. More information on Australian skippers can be found here
Cropped, neatimage to reduce background noise, 30% USM and resize for TE.

mogens-j, red45, thiagobr, dew77, willie, Fisher, pompey, marhowie, Luc, Signal-Womb, gerhardt, PDP, AndyB, pari_ali has marked this note useful
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Nice and clear Chris. I have never seen this skipper before - not even on pictures. It is great that you managed to both sides of the wings in one picture - normaly people only take the topside. The dof is very good as well as the composition. TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-25 3:52]

Yes, Chris, this is a beautiful weed, and your macro shot of it and the butterfly is stunning. It is so clear and sharp. Well done! TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-25 3:59]

Maybe weed, but very beautifull. Very bright and colorfull picture. I like composition and note also. TFS!

Great shot!! Very very beautifull click!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-25 6:29]

Great quality and lovely colors. The little white flowers are a bit burnt but very well done! TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-02-25 8:44]

Very good composition!DOF,BG,colors are great...

Nice shot but maybe you done a bit too much with neat image.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-25 11:38]

Very good image Chris of both the lantanna and the butterfly. Excellent work

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-25 14:35]

You did well capturing this skipper. Excelent work and composition with fine details.
Check my first macro.


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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-25 15:37]

Great shot Chris, beautiful colours background and composition.
Great note, thanks for sharing.

Chris, It's a nice shot with great color & some moisture on the flowers that adds.. Composed well also. Some detail had been lost in PP though..Overall a great post!

Nice composition, colours and accurate DOF Chris...very well done.

Lovely shot! Impressive composition. Very interesting subject and colorful. Great shot, well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-07 15:31]

Very nice Chris, the colours are excellent and it's very good quality. The butterfly is well seen and looks a stocky specimen compared to our skippers. Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-08 0:53]
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Nice brown butterfly on colored flowers. Great composition with an excellent PoV.
Thanks Chris.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-08 14:41]
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Chris, this is beautiful. Colors everywhere - on the main subject, on the flowers, on the background. That's really nice.

Great composition and pov too.

Hi, how are you?
Nice composition this Lantana Camara flower with this beatiful insect...
good job

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-21 7:34]

Hi Chris,
Nice butterfly, i like the composition & details, colours & sharpness are superb,

Very well done, thanks for sharing


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-27 4:20]

A great capture of this Skipper.
Excellent composition and DOF.
Nice sharp detail.
Great work,very well done.

This is grown in many places in India as a hedge. In fact we have soem in our apartment garden and I was trying out my macro lens on it. This is the usual colour though ours is more on the violet side.
The irony of the picture is that the common is brighter and more eye catching than the rare. But a rare pic and great capture.

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  • mdr24 (11)
  • [2007-03-02 3:55]

This is a beautiful picture, i love the colours

Preciosa fotografŪa, sobre todo por el encuadre y coloridos.

Salutations fr. Spaim

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