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Allium and Alexis.

Allium and Alexis.
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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: 2008-03-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-25 13:28
Viewed: 5355
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
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Allium and Alexis.

Dedicated to Marcello Romano, TN’s expert for the rich fauna and flora of the beautiful island of Sicily.

Late afternoon, and a pleasant walk through lush vegetation from Taormina down to Letojanni beach. Cool weather with sunny spots and a few showers of rain. Tempo di Marzo in Sicily.

The plant:

Allium triquetrum

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium

Three-cornered leek, angled onion, onion weed, three-cornered garlic, Glöcken-Lauch. A spicy herb of the western Mediterranean, in blossom from December to May, preferring the shadow and humidity of canyons.

The butterfly, seated for the night to come:

Glaucopsyche alexis (Poda, 1761)

Green-underside Blue, Himmelblauer Steinkleebläuling, Bloemenblauwtje, Kloverblavinge, Kloverblafugl, Virnasinisiipi, Modraszek aleksis, Modráčik kozincový, Modrásek kozincový, Manchas verdes, Azuré des cytises

Family: Lycaenidae

Wingspan: 30 – 32mm

North Africa, Europe, temperate Asia. Widespread through the palaearctic region from Northwest Africa through the southern parts of Europe into temperate Asia, Glaucopsyche alexis is missing in Portugal, western Spain, Britain, northern Germany, Denmark, the Baltic, northern Scandinavia. There is one generation each year, typically from April to June. Caterpillars feed on various Fabaceae (Astragalus, Vicia, Coronilla, Medicago).

The location: Sentiero Bove Marino, a steep path leading down from a natural platform through the dense vegetation of the shadowy northern slopes of limestone rocks at the coast near Taormina.

Camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 17mm tele macro (= 100mm at 35mm SLR), F/4.5, 1/125sec., ISO-160; hand held, no flash; 22.03.2008, 17:11.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to web, resharpened, brightness, contrast and saturation adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

nglen, Royaldevon, valy67, Amadeo, maurydv, ramthakur, gracious, Alex99, inked, Miss_Piggy, phlr, marcellr, anel, TAZ, loot, jmp, Argus, meyerd, Christopher_PL, marhowie, Juyona has marked this note useful
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To crazycat: Thank you.peter_stoeckl 1 05-24 01:50
To marcellr: ... questa foto alle tue favoritepeter_stoeckl 1 05-01 12:27
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-25 13:32]

Hi Peter. This is a very good close up of the Blue Butterfly. which you have captured with fine detail and colour. a nice pOV/DOF. well done TFS. A nice dedication to Marcello.
Have a nice weekend.

hello Peter,
very nice....good catch in Sicily
I think that Marcello is pleased for the dedication....

greetings sERGIO

Wow, Peter, this is an excellent macro!
You have captured excellent details of its wings and its body; it looks to be wearing stripy socks!

An excellent photograph for a dedication!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-04-25 14:28]

Hallo Peter !
Dieses Bild is so wunder schön ! Perfekte details, sogar die kleine Härschen euf dem Schmätterling sind scharf. Schöne natürliche Farben, sehr gut komponiert, einen wunderbaren Hintergrund, une der Schmätterling is auch sehr schön, mir gefällen seine farben - weiss une ein bisschen blau, une diese schöne Blume wo esr sitzt... Very well done !

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-25 14:38]

Hola Peter, muy bonita composición, buena luz y agrdable color. Un saludo

Bellissima macro, taglio compositivo molto bello, ottima nitidezza e bellissimi colori con grande ricchezza di sfumature tonali. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Peter,
A fine composition in white, blue and green.
The white of the butterfly and of the flower go well with each other in a sort of supportive synergy.
The salient features and colours of this rarely seen butterfly are very well captured.
Best regards.

Hello Peter,
Very delighted and pleased to see your wonderful posting once again!
what a beautiful closeup of this beauty in such sharpness, good colour and perfect details in it!
very pleasing presentation for the sharing
wishing you well and best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-25 22:33]

Hi, dear Peter.
I am very glad to watch your two new shots. Every of them is great. It is a pity that you have posted one of them as a WS. Original shot is sweet by its subject and composition. Cute butterfly on so beautiful flower is looked so naturally and as nicely. Amazing delicateness of lights and colours. Colourfulness and smoothness of the BG are superb as a main subject. Square cropping is the best choice for the image. WS demonstrates a lovely places. Superb POV and framing. Combination of close-up and landscape styles of photo are impressive at high range. My best regards and kind wishes. Well done and thanks.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-25 23:17]

hi Peter,
great shot! really nice composition with this butterfly.. love that pastel blue. fantastic detail and sharpness. great work! tfs!

Hello Peter,

A wonderful picture of this blue. Great composition and sharpness. I am no behind my own computer, have not a good screen, and cannot enjoy the colours correctly. But it seems splendid.

Hi Peter,
What an eye catching picture! We have a feeling of softness and tranquility by looking at it. Composition is original with much agreeable tones of colors and texture. This is an aesthetic little work of art, congratulations!

Hallo Peter
What a delightful soft coloured butterfly and absolute feast to the eye. This is really a gorgeous image with lots of detail to appreciate. This butterfly is shaped perfectly and the powder blue colour is spectacular. Good framing, good lighting and focus. Great clarity applied on the details, especially the fine hair on the body and lining of the wings, and not to mention the black and white stripes on the antennas and paws. A splendid presentation. Thanks for sharing this lovely dedication, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards

Ciao Peter,
sono davvero felice per questa tua dedica, assai gradita.
Grazie di cuore.
Mi fa piacere sapere che sei venuto in Sicilia e spero che la mia isola ti sia piaciuta.
Veramente bella e delicata la foto della Glaucopsyche alexis, che in Sicilia è uno dei primi Licenidi a schiudere all'inizio della primavera.
Con grane piacere aggiungo questa foto alle mie favorite :)
Saluti dalla Sicilia e ancora grazie,

Gorgeous greens and whites...wonderful contrasts yet a romantic softness. Well done!

Trés joli papillon, belle image.Amitiés antonio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-26 19:35]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful but tiny butterfly with very impressive colours and sharpness. Superb light and exposure management and you have captured a fabulous pose here on those charming flowers. The BG lends a fine base for the subjects to stand out. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-28 2:10]
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Lieber Peter,
Feines Bild mit zarten Farben und schöner Komposition. Ein herrlicher Gruss aus Sizilien und eine liebenswürdige Widmung an Marcello. Viele feine Details wie die hübschen Ringelsöckchen und die dazu passenden Fühler. Sizilien ist ein Land so voll von Ueberraschungen, eine meiner liebsten Reiseerinnerungen. Warst Du auch in Piazza Armerina?
Einen schönen Wochenanfang und herzliche Grüsse

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-04-28 8:56]

Hello dear Peter,
Wooow ! Smart photo for this nice butterfly ! I appreciate the composition, the colors of the lovely subject matches with the flower and the contrast white / green is good. Good use of DOF. The shape of the flower is nice too. Useful complementary note.
Congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your kind words.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-28 15:03]

Hi Peter,
A really smart composition where butterfly, flower and background suit nicely. Excellent pov and soft light.
TFS and best regards,
José M.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-28 16:24]
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Hi Peter

The beautiful iridescent sheen of blue on the underwings of this butterfly is just amazing. I see it was getting ready for bed time as it already had its sleeping socks on.

The flower and the insects forms an interesting combination in the subject matter that keeps the eye bound. This is especially in the way the composition was set up and in the way the BG was rendered totally OOF by the distant proximity of the plant material and the narrow range of the DOF. As usual it did not require much of an opportunity for you to 'bemagic' it into a perfect shot.

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-01 12:29]

Hello Peter,
A fine title to a fine capture of the Green- underside Blue on a species of Alium.
The underside of this butterfly is well shown with good sharpness and contrasting well with the green bokeh and set in a pleasing composition. Afine tribute to Marcello.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and I wish you good hunting in the season to come!

Lieber Peter,
Du bist unter die Poeten gegangen. Das gedämpfte Licht, der ganz helle Schmetterling, die weisse Blüte, die diagonale Anordnung dr Elemente, perfekt. Dank auch für die immer ausführlichen Beschreibungen zu Deinen Bildern.
Herzlich grüsst

Hi Peter, amazing shot! All your photos are wonderful, but i like this last much. TFS.

Hello Peter,
Very nice shot of G.alexis. I've just returned from Ukraine, where it was a most popular butterfly ;-D


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-05-16 21:26]

I love the colors, exposure details and composition! Bravo!

Really like this one Peter,
Lovely color and well exposed, nice detail/BG..
This flower/blue combo makes an excellent composition.
It's a beauty :)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-14 14:42]

Hola Peter,
bella macro, color y compo...
bg y hermosas flores,
estupenda captura,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-08-04 21:59]

I love the softness of this one. Both butterfly and flower complemented each other wonderfully. Beautiful soft color, pastel like quality. Good composition. I love to catch butterfly when I was young. Ah...to long ago. Thanks for bringing back beautiful memories

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