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Enjoying some Butterfly Weed

In my garden.

Taken at Pennington, Flash, Wigan, UK

After capturing the moody fog and view looking east over Stansbury Creek (See Below in the Comments), I arrived down at my dad's house and we looked out over the river discussing how colorful the sunset could be. I also noticed that the low fog band was out over this part of Middle River. So I headed out to the end of the neighbor's long pier placing me out farther in the river. From here I focused in looking westward towards the glowing sunlight sneaking in to the cloudy scene. This band of light is what held the potential for the colorful sunset once the sun reached the horizon. At this time this was about 30 minutes before sunset.


Used the 9 Stop ND filter here to get the 30 second exposure smoothing out the reflection. The river was close to a mirror, but the slightest breeze was causing small ripples across its surface.


After this capture, I then added a 4 Stop ND filter that I just got for Christmas (ICE Brand). The filter cost around $20. Was skeptical at that low price, but I told Ms. Krach to buy it for me if she wanted to ... and she did. I needed to replace one of my Hoya 4 Stops that was around 2 years old and had some scratches. That filter had been through a lot of use. When I researched the Hoya 4 Stop must have been in high demand as the cost was over $100.


I will post that capture soon and my thoughts on the ICE Brand filters for those that are interested. That capture was for several minutes with the clouds and fog streaming along in the scene.

banded orange heliconia

fujifilm x-s1

Featherless Sunday. It was nice of this Banded Water Snake to look up the lens for a portrait.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF400mm f/5.6L USM, f/6.3, 1/640, ISO 1000

Puwakpitiya, Knuckles Mountain Range, Sri Lanka.

Calopteryx Splendens, female, sunning itself on our campsite in Brantome, France.

Calopteryx splendens (male)


Mersey Vale Nature Park, Stockport, Cheshire.

Taken on the canal at Forest farm, Cardiff.

Another shot from Belum Rainforest Resort's jetty. No HDR this time.


Explored on 11/6/08, highest at #404.

A common butterfly you can see almost all year here. This was a fresh one I think with beautiful colours. Have a great week my dear friends!

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Tedeschi Trucks Band photographed at Lockn' Festival in Arrington, VA August 26, 2018 :copyright:Jay Blakesberg

The first picture I could make this year of this wonderful butterfly. Ther were a few and all look fresh, a pleasure for me! Have a nice weekend my dear friends!

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Males perch on low shrubs and tree branches during the day, watching for females. Eggs are laid on twigs of the host during the summer, and hatch the following spring. Caterpillars eat catkins and leaves.

A male banded demoiselle decorating the grasses on the margin of a field in Cerne Abbas.

The first Banded Demoiselles are appearing along the River Lagan - a sure sign that summer has arrived!

Purple-banded Sunbird.


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The Banded Demoiselle or Calopteryx splendens is probably my favourite damselfly because I love the colouring. This male is the first Banded Demoiselle I have seen this year. I hope that there will be more in a few weeks. Usually they are quite common at the local nature reserve.

This cute little snake was at the water's edge while I was crouched down taking pictures of the Sandhill Crane family. You never know what's waiting around the corner unless you stop and take a moment to look :)


Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Calopteryx splendens (female)


Mersey Vale Nature Park, Stockport, Cheshire.

For me a first timer and the only shot I could make. Of course I try to get more shots of this beauty. Have a nice weekend my friends and followers!

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Male banded demoiselle damselfly along the river Wey.

L a r g e r


Linkin Park - In Pieces


EXPLORE #464 - Jul 27, 2009 (Thank you guys!)


ND400 a.k.a Long Exposure....loving this filter!


Was nice enough to let me snap a couple shots before he took off.

Yesterday was the first time I'd met a Banded flower mantis. It's not really huge and scary (this is a macro). It's actually quite fascinating and a great model. Taken on a photography day with CaptiveLight in Bournemouth.

a cart fashioned by fastening a plastic milk crate to a small wagon with elastic bands. it must've outlived its purpose.


mamiya c330

80mm f/2.8

agfa optima 100

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Arachnida

Order: Araneae

Family: Araneidae

Genus: Argiope

Species: A. trifasciata

Binomial name

Argiope trifasciata


Banded Demoiselle | Calopteryx splendens | Calopterygidae ♂


Samsung NX1 & Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro

Wide Open | Manual Focus | Available Light | Handheld


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El Sobrante, California


Explored 7/04/17, Positions 73 - 120

The banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. It is a Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and northwestern China.

Another Banded Demoiselle...male. A fresh one. He was still getting used to settling on vegetation! Calopteryx splendens.

Chainbridge Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire, England.

There are many images remaining that I want to post and although I am working my way through them, I need a little more time to get organised. With that in mind, I have decided to disable comments until I have time to comment on my friends' photos.


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Calopteryx splendens


Expecting to photograph birds I hadn't brought my macro lens! Taken with the Canon 100-400 Mk II.

It's one thing to get a shot of a Lifer bird - but quite another to see 50 to 60 lifers sitting in one tree.

day 106/365


valentine's day < / 3


view on black

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