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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-05 13:21
Viewed: 4851
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Rainy days are good days.

Glad to be back after a long break, my dear friends -

and happy to report that the summer of 2009 has been the rainiest one reported since 1965 from the Austrian Alps, so far. Short periods of hot days would end up in thunderstorms, followed by periods of cool weather with frequent showers of rain, sometimes even snow down to the forest line. Certainly not the best conditions for farmers, nor for cross-country hikers either, but excellent conditions for seeing flowers in abundance – and their visitors: plenty of butterflies taking their chance in sunny moments, and at cool weather conditions really patient and cooperative objects to photographers, like that one:

Boloria selene (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Braunfleckiger Perlmutterfalter, Zilveren maan, Brunlig perlemorsommerfugl, Brunflekket perlemorvinge, Brunfläckig pärlemorfjäril, Niittyhoperhopeatäplä, Dostojka selene, Petit collier argenté, Perlada Castaña, Selene.
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Wing span: 38 – 41 mm

Widespread in the temperate zone of the Northern hemisphere, Boloria selene is a regular and fairly common inhabitant of Alpine meadows and forest clearings up to 2200m above sea level, flying in two generations in May and June and in July and August at lower elevations, and obviously in just one generation in July at higher elevations, as here.

The species loves humid alpine meadows in rich blossom. Caterpillars feed on Viola.

The plant:

Crepis aurea (L.) Cass.
Family: Asteraceae,

a picturesque flower growing in small numbers on alpine meadows above silicate from 1500m to 3000m.

The location:

Stabele-Alm at an elevation of 1900m, near Längenfeld, Oetztal valley, Tyrol.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998
Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe. http://www.lepidoptera.pl/
Xaver Finkenzeller: Alpenblumen, München 2003
Fischer, M. A., Adler, W. & Oswald K.: Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, Linz 2005

The camera:

SONY DSC-HX1*, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 10mm macro zoom (equivalent 56 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/500sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 08.07.2009, 11:56.

*A new model of bridge cameras out of the Sony DSC-H series, similar to the H5 and the H50, now coming with zoom optics covering the range of 28mm to 560mm focal length equivalent.


Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, resized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

flashpoint, livius, Argus, Juyona, maurydv, cloud, uleko, Noisette, anel, Miss_Piggy, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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hello Peter!
is not usual pov for the capture of this beautiful Boloria selene
quality of your post is confirmed , with excellent definition and management

ciao sERGIO

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-08-05 15:22]

Hi Peter,
I agree with Sergio that this is quite an unusual POV, looks lovely from this angle. Nice setting, DOF and colors.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-08-05 23:10]

Hello Peter
excellent the composition of colors that give a great contrast between the little Nymphalidae and the colorful flower on the BG with fine details and optimal game of light. Focusing is perfect.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-05 23:17]
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Hello Peter,
Welcome back!
A superb capture of B. selene with the open wings seen from below on the C. aurea flower with excellent total sharpness against the fine OOF mountain slope BG.
Once again one really has the feeling that this was taken in the Alps!
I could see on the weather reports that you have had a rainy summer but I hope you have been able to take more pictures as good as this.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-08-06 0:19]

Hola Peter,
perfecto y original pov.
buen control y y foco.
colores atractivos.
hermoso cuadro amigo,

Hello Peter,
a fantastic picture of Boloria selene taken from an excellent and interesting POV to show well the underside wings, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, very beautiful visual impression.
Best regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-06 3:29]

Hello Peter,
From this POV the butterfly look huge. Very interesting result.
Regards, Pawel

Siempre es un placer admirar tus fotografías Peter. En esta ocasión sigues fiel a tu espectacular, bello y limpio estilo, esta vez con un toque de originalidad en la pose del insecto. Un buen trabajo sis duda.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-06 12:58]

Hello Peter,
A lovely and different view of this fine butterfly in fabulous light. I like the focus on the eye and the fine details of the wing pattern. Great sharpness too and beautiful colours that stand out against the dark background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Peter
schön Sie wieder on TN zusehen
Ein wirklich feines Bild, ungewönlicher Sichtpunk, mir gefällt wie dieser Schmetterling auf der Blume sitzt und auf uns herunter schaut
die sonnige Farben und Details sind wundervoll
Grüsse aus Frankreich

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-07 2:14]

Lieber Peter,
Deine Mondgöttin leuchtet ja wie eine Sonne! Ein Bild, das nur von Dir stammen kann mit diesem ganz besonderen Bildaufabau. Sehr schöner Farbkontrast zwischen grauem Hintergrund und den leuchtenden Schmetterling und Blume. Auch ist die im Hintergrund erkennbare Bergkante fast parallel zum Hauptsujet. Hat mich natürlich sehr gefreut, wieder ein Bild von Dir auf TN zu sehen. Bin ein wenig verspätet, da mich seit einer Woche die Grippe fest in ihren Händen hält :-(
Herzlich grüsst aus Bern

Hallo Peter
Wow! A most enjoyable sight. The rich and strong colour of this butterfly is stunning. Good focus and sharp details. The details of this photo are of high quality and really outstanding and the photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features. The arrangement of colours is breathtaking, and very pleasing to the eye. It was a great pleasure to stop by such a delightful image. I am also glad to see you back. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-21 10:05]

Hi Peter, dear friend.
I was absent when you was here. However, I'll compensate my absence (step by step).
Once more your amazing firm POV, terrific DOF and details of the beautiful butterfly and so wonderful flower. Lights and colours of the main subject are looked perfectly against neutral smooth BG. Bravo. Perfect work. All my compliments and best wishes.

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