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Azure
Sooty Azure, female ? AKA Dusky Azure
Celastrina ebenina
1/4 -- 1 1/4 inches (19-32 mm)

A profusion of these tiny butterflies seem to be around just now-- very hard to determine just which of the AZURES it is-- Spring, Appalachian, Dusky/Sooty--possibly a local variant ???

I think this one was laying eggs on Queen of the Prairie buds.

f 3.2, 1/200, 0ev, ISO 200

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 105 mm VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Azure
Username:taggart taggart
Uploaded:24 Jun 2008 - 12:49 PM
Tags:Azure, Butterfly, Close-up / macro, General, Insect, Pennsylvania, Usa, Wildlife / nature
Votes:124

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GalleryGirl
24 Jun 2008 - 12:53 PM

Wow what an amazing capture. Beautiful colours on the butterfly and the detail superb. Well done Jennnn, love it!
Marilyn x

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adrian2208  10240 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 - 12:59 PM

stunning shot great focus and dof
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Newtman
Newtman  85 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 1:06 PM

Lovely capture, Jenn. It reminds me of our holly blue, which has a similar underside. Unfortunately that is not much help in your part of the world.
David

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Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 1:15 PM

Amazing composition, stunning colours and details. Wonderful image.

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photophantom
24 Jun 2008 - 1:15 PM

Beautiful use of dof Jenn. Looks like 3d effect. Well done.
Dennis

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24 Jun 2008 - 1:16 PM

Superb colours and light in this.

Best Matt

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24 Jun 2008 - 1:26 PM

Simply gorgeous, Jenn. Carol

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piccy  8 Wales
24 Jun 2008 - 1:26 PM

Wow, this is stunning jenn. Great colour on the butterfly.
freda

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24 Jun 2008 - 1:31 PM

this is so beautiful a wonderful well composed shot
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24 Jun 2008 - 1:31 PM

Yes it does rather look like our Holly Blue Jennnn. Whatever, it is very sharp ,beautifully composed and photographed xxx

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proz  10205 forum posts United States
24 Jun 2008 - 1:32 PM

stunning Jenn

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Vicalli  6 Scotland
24 Jun 2008 - 1:35 PM

Excellent shot,very sharp! Vic

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rossi  11142 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 1:36 PM

Awesome, really, it is!

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24 Jun 2008 - 2:11 PM

Super shot, nice colour and detail,
Fred.

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Moon_Chaser
24 Jun 2008 - 2:15 PM

Waooooooooo what a fantastic shot Smile Really love it

Rgds/Sidd

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 2:23 PM

Beautifully executed image and presentation.
Superb capture Smile

~Alley~

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dawnmichelle
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24 Jun 2008 - 2:33 PM

really lovely Jennn

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tumienis
tumienis  10 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 2:48 PM

amazing shot! love it alot!

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Silverzone
24 Jun 2008 - 3:01 PM

Superb shot, I've yet to spot one of these. Sylvia

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 3:06 PM

Fantastic Jenn!
Bob

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woolybill1
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24 Jun 2008 - 3:14 PM

Just look at that dark eye!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wonderful detail and assured composition.
Bill

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PostmanPat
24 Jun 2008 - 3:21 PM

Brilliant! Love it. Ken

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ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 3:23 PM

Just love the colour.

Keith

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 3:30 PM

Beautiful capture, including the detail on the body and legs. I hope she is a lady!
Moira

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24 Jun 2008 - 3:34 PM

Brilliant - the kind of photography that I aspire to.

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ChrisWallace
24 Jun 2008 - 3:57 PM

Great colors and composition on this Jennn.
Chris

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 - 4:26 PM

jenn i'm so envious, not only have you capture your butterfly superbly, the dof / back ground looks brilliant
i took a butterfly shot (todays upload ) and i had to paint over the b/g. it was horrid
anyway first class shot, well done

marc

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
24 Jun 2008 - 4:34 PM

Jennnn,this is so gorgeous.Love it.
Cheers
Alan

Last Modified By Cormy at 24 Jun 2008 - 4:34 PM

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LuzDeNoche
24 Jun 2008 - 4:47 PM

oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh jennnnnnnnnn
this is wonderfuuuuulllllll!
Smile Lucy

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24 Jun 2008 - 4:55 PM

awesome .
jase

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
24 Jun 2008 - 5:23 PM

It's one of those photos which gives you something to aspire to. Top photo! JNC

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Big_T  858 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 - 5:27 PM

Fantastic the background colours compliment the butterfly beautifully.
Smile

Big T

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RachelMB
RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 5:40 PM

Beautiful colours and use of DoF. Very pretty photo. Smile

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24 Jun 2008 - 5:53 PM

Excellent image,detail and dof Jennn.
Tom.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6534 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 6:39 PM

This has to be one of your best even by your standards Jenn, gorgeous. - gary

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RubberBullets
24 Jun 2008 - 6:51 PM

Really lovely shot, beautiful colours.

Tim

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Maiwand
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24 Jun 2008 - 6:59 PM

Composition is spot on, very clever DOF and the soft colours are just wonderful. Great shot.
Ron

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24 Jun 2008 - 7:11 PM

Superb macro photography. Very well done.

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24 Jun 2008 - 7:14 PM

Fine shot using superb lighting.

Rock

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Adrian_Reynolds
24 Jun 2008 - 7:43 PM

We hardly see any Butterflies up here Jenn, so its good to see them here, superb aperture control, just a delightful image to look at, very fine image, Adrian

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24 Jun 2008 - 7:52 PM

What a beauty you've captured here Jennnn, the colour, detail and clarity are all first class

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Portknockie
24 Jun 2008 - 7:54 PM

It is beautiful Jennnnnn..what every type it is..stunning blue and a superb comp...

Don

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GrahamBaines
24 Jun 2008 - 8:15 PM

A really wonderful image Jennn.

Graham

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Joline
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24 Jun 2008 - 8:35 PM

Gorgeous colors what ever it is. Perfect capture.

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bfgstew
bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 8:47 PM

A beauty Jennn, whatever it is.
Stew

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riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 8:55 PM

this is my fave of yours, sublime colours!

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24 Jun 2008 - 9:01 PM

Beautiful sharp detail and d.o.f lovely light Jennn and colours tones and composition,
Pauline.

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bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2008 - 9:06 PM

This is exceptionally good Jennn. The butterfly looks beautiful and it's in a very complimentary composition. Top shot.
Brian.

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24 Jun 2008 - 9:30 PM

What a beauty Jenn.
The detail is delightful and the background colouring sets it off so well
Helen

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24 Jun 2008 - 10:09 PM

excellent macro and comp Jennn

Dave

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 - 10:20 PM

Amazing detail, superbly captured macro

Graeme

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25 Jun 2008 - 12:13 AM

Apart from being an excellent Macro shot the B/G colour is a work of art on it's own.
Geoff.

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25 Jun 2008 - 12:14 AM

Such a pretty colour with stunning detail and DoF Jennnn. Well done , this is fabulous!

gill Smile

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25 Jun 2008 - 1:35 AM

Beautiful lighting and good dof.

David

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25 Jun 2008 - 2:50 AM

Lovely glow to this picture, Jennn.
Brian

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2008 - 4:16 AM

Beats me how you manage to grab such shots Jennn, do you sit around with your camera set up and focused waiting for a subject - such as this - to come along, I rather think not.......what I'm getting around to saying is this is absolutely, stunningly, superb!
Rgds., Jim

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newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 - 5:11 AM

WOW this is Fantastic jennn superbly captured ,,
ian

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2008 - 6:31 AM

Well caught Jenn - better than any of my goes so far at these Smile

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2008 - 8:11 AM

Superb Jennnnn, well deserving of all it's attention.

Alan

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2008 - 8:33 AM

Superb capture Jennn

Bernie

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25 Jun 2008 - 8:37 AM

Stunning colour and detail and so well presented Jennn
C

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bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2008 - 9:46 AM

This one gets my user award Jennn - as the stamp says - a real gem.
Brian.

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25 Jun 2008 - 1:35 PM

Awesome..
Jim

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edwood  6 Scotland
25 Jun 2008 - 2:48 PM

stunning shot,comp and light perfect

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franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2008 - 6:13 PM

Superb and shortlisted. Your work is so inspiring Jenn.
Fran

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megamuff8  1092 forum posts United States
26 Jun 2008 - 4:46 AM

Gorgeous, Jennnnnn.....Excellent capture!

Cheers,
Suz Smile

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KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2008 - 1:19 PM

Absolutely STUNNING... the colour, lighting, detail and composition are A1.. brilliant image
Karen

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ChristineL
27 Jun 2008 - 2:54 PM

what a beauty,
Chris.

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27 Jun 2008 - 6:40 PM

Fantastic!
Johanna

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29 Jun 2008 - 12:39 PM

An amazing blue. A wonderful capture Jenn..

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Tom_Charles
18 Aug 2008 - 9:17 PM

A real gem of a shot; stunning light and colours!

Tom

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maratsuikka
23 Oct 2009 - 8:57 PM

superb

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