Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Username:
Password:
Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

ladybird on seedhead

Versions (Variants)Version Help

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

Add Comment

I was trying to photograph this rather pretty seedhead when a ladybird appeared from the underside, and very kindly posed for a few images before flying off into the distance. The seedhead is from a salvia verbenaca, or wild clary, found in dry and barren areas and at the roadsides. It was once considered a medicine to combat hysteria and sterility. The plant is said to cleanse the blood and sooth rheumatic attacks. In cases of pneumonia or bronchitis, consumption of the plant induces great sweats which give the patient relief.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:ladybird on seedhead
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:17 Jan 2010 - 6:03 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
Votes:90
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

Comments

metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 6:11 AM

I love the detail. Good macro
Carol

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 6:21 AM

Four grand images with an informed write up too thanks for sharing them Colin

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 6:22 AM

Superb detail and colors in these close-ups, Carol, fantastic work as usual.
Bob

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 7:20 AM

Fab, fab, fab and fab!!!!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 7:35 AM

A beautifully detailed shot with good colours. Interesting to see the ladybird is different from ours in its colour scheme. I was also interested in the seedhead which is very similar to some that grow on the roadsides here.
Roger

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 7:52 AM

Fantastic detail 10 out of 10. I can't check temptation.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

clicknimagine
17 Jan 2010 - 7:53 AM

superb light here, four wonderful images...

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 8:24 AM

Four hum-dingers Carol - plants are lovely too...Bill

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 8:40 AM

Fabulous again. Stunning clarity. A

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

MRSbiscuit60
17 Jan 2010 - 8:54 AM

Terrific. Trish

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

jennialexander
jennialexander e2 Member 1045 forum postsjennialexander vcard United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 - 8:58 AM

As always superb images. Carol do you know how to prepare this plant for consumption!!
Jenni

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
17 Jan 2010 - 9:11 AM

Excellent captures like allways Carol.
Stunning details,great colours and Dof.
Robert

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 9:12 AM

an amazing set with detail and sharpness enuff to cut your finger on

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
17 Jan 2010 - 9:16 AM

Top as always. You live in a insectparadise i believe> so well taken+++++
cor

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 9:30 AM

Perfection as always Carol - what more can I say!
Joan.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 9:40 AM

wonderful set of images, all very beautiful indeed .thanks for sharing.
saeid

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
17 Jan 2010 - 9:51 AM

Lovely little platform flowers, ideal for bugs, great set of shots, hope the rotten weather calms down for you, we have the sun today here, first time for weeks it feels...

Nicky Smile

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

heids
heids  5 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 10:01 AM

Amazing detail. Beautiful set of images

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

zanzibarwinds
17 Jan 2010 - 10:05 AM

Cute guys these Smile Nice one Carol

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 10:16 AM

Superb - and the colour and detail of the seed head really makes these shots.
Sandra

Last Modified By SandraKay at 17 Jan 2010 - 10:16 AM

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 10:40 AM

fab ladybird shots and an interesting write up Carol but the lady seems to have flown away in v4 lol

Smile

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 10:49 AM

Super shots, Carol. The arrival of the ladybird was the icing on the cake. Beautifully detailed images, beautifully captured.
Ronnie.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 10:53 AM

Terrific images, all of them, with V1 being my top favourite thanks to the angle of your ladybird friend.

Ann

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 11:07 AM

What can I say They all are so detailed and unusual Great work yet again
No favourite so 1/4 vote each

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1072 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 11:15 AM

The first three are particularly strong (V1 my favourite, followed by V3), because of that extraordinary little tuft at the top. Quirky and delightful.
Moira

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

User_Removed
17 Jan 2010 - 11:47 AM

A great close up of a ladybird. It looks stunning large.


Keith

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 11:51 AM

Super detail on the seed head.....I'm in the minority that doesn't fancy lady bugs, though. This one I have to admit is cute.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 12:02 PM

b/g is nicely blurred, great detail and light Carol. superb series
regards
yung

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91911 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 12:28 PM

What a great plant to catch it on Carol. V3 just edges it for me.
Brian.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 12:47 PM

Pin sharp as usual Carol.
I have looked at V!, V2 and V3 and considered the position of the ladybird and V1 wins it for me, the position and angle of the insect adds movement.
Hope that helps.

Robert

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 12:56 PM

A cracking set of images as always, Carol, and very beautifully presented.
TrevB Smile

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 - 1:02 PM

Excellent photography and information
Mavis

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 1:46 PM

Top-work.

Rock

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 1:58 PM

Excellent shots Carol, love the ladybird images!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 2:00 PM

This is a really pretty one Carol!
Jann
xxx

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 2:58 PM

All lovely but V3 is tops for me.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 3:19 PM

v1 for me, for the angle of the ladybird, love the detail of the fine hairs on the seed head.lesley

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 - 4:32 PM

superb work carol, well taken.ray

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

MandsH
MandsH  7 England
17 Jan 2010 - 4:43 PM

Fantastic series of shots, just can't wait for spring and ladybirds
mandy

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 5:04 PM

Amazing detail of this wonderful seedhead and how wonderful to have the beautiful ladybird posing so agreeably for you! Patti

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 5:17 PM

I never realized that the pattern in the ladybird does look like a lady. Ours, ladybugs we call them, only have spots, all varied though. These captures are amazing Carol, I've never noticed the patterns to look like this before. Excellent shots............Sandy

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 5:18 PM

Fabulous images Carol,V1 + V3 my favourites....The detail and use of DOF are excellent !! Very well captured images...

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
17 Jan 2010 - 5:18 PM

Beautiful. I love the contrast of the furry seed head and shiny smooth lady bird. Gill

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

gingerdelight
17 Jan 2010 - 6:21 PM

These are just wonderful Carol, and thank you for an interesting write up.
Carol

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 6:29 PM

A cracking set of macro shots Carol, the inclusion of the ladybird makes them that little bit extra special

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Silverzone
17 Jan 2010 - 7:09 PM

Superb set. Sylvia

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 9:31 PM

Wonderful series Carol. Terrific close-up detail with lovely tones and textures. V1 for me.
Sylvia

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Image123
Image123  5 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2010 - 12:17 AM

a superb set of captures
Gareth

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
18 Jan 2010 - 1:03 AM

these are terrific Carol

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
18 Jan 2010 - 6:29 AM

Another four superb images, Carol, love the colours and details.
Roy

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2010 - 12:27 PM

A delightful set

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2010 - 10:32 PM

superb, lovely colour, light and details
bunSmile

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

viscostatic
19 Jan 2010 - 7:50 AM

Beautiful textures and colours ai all four images Carol.

Phil.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2010 - 3:18 PM

Not sure about the fourth one Carol.
The lady bird was probabley rescued as some stage from the pool and is giving a pay back.Lol.
The setting, ladybird and plant compliment each other very well.

Nice one Carol.

Aidan,,

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2010 - 7:20 PM

Beautiful captures great colours and detail. Gary

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2010 - 10:49 PM

Amazing images Carol, not only did you capture the bug beautifully, which isn't at all easy with his gleaming coat, but this plant is amazing as well. Great detail through all the images,
Johanna

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 11:52 AM

Such a lovely composition Carol.
The colours are delightful
Helen

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

- Original Poster Comments
- Your Posts

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Username:
Password:
Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.