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Thanks for all the comments and votes on yesterdayís upload, people Smile

Now that the silliness is over, Iíve removed the pic. I donít like shots of me but I just had to share with you that fancy mirrored lift GrinGrin

Now thenÖtodayís upload is of a very fortuitous moment.

My intent was simply to photograph the flowers. I had focused on Ďem when, out of nowhere, the Chocolate Pansy came and plonked itself down! Could notÖbelieve it.

My mindís jaw then really dropped when the Pansy shuffled around and then spread itself wide open, catching the sun! I took two shots and this was the better one.

Iím quite pleased with this shot. The outside (underside) of the Pansyís wings are very boring. Here, you not only get to see the inside but itís nicely lit by the sun too. So lucky GrinGrin


Andrew

Camera:Canon Powershot SX500 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:720mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.4
Aperture:f/5.8
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program Mode
White Balance:Auto
Title:A Fortuitous Moment
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:8 Jul 2013 - 1:32 PM
Tags:Bleeding heart vine, Butterfly, Chocolate Pansy, Clerodendrum thomsoniae, Flowers & plants, Insect, Junonia hedonia, Wildlife / nature
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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 1:45 PM

Splendid capture.
Regards John.

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christinecilia
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8 Jul 2013 - 2:08 PM

stunning photo lovely colours. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 2:09 PM

WOW, WOW, WOW SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile. Both flower and butterfly are so very beautiful, Andrew, what a super capture. Carol

Last Modified By CarolG at 8 Jul 2013 - 2:09 PM

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 2:17 PM

'Chocolate' is a perfect description of this butterfly, Andrew, and wonderful clarity in the sun.

Dave

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 2:27 PM

Fabulous image I love it Elizabeth xx

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 2:28 PM

We could all do with luck like this. How lovely.
x

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digital_boi
8 Jul 2013 - 2:40 PM

excellent capture fortuitous indeed

Graham

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 2:43 PM

never have I ever had such good luck with the flutterbyes

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Quoise
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8 Jul 2013 - 2:45 PM

This is beautiful!!!

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 2:46 PM

Great capture,

Ali

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 2:51 PM

Brilliant - what luck Andrew!

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Taff
Taff  959 forum posts Scotland
8 Jul 2013 - 3:20 PM

Great shot Andrew - The flowers themselves would have been nice, but what a Bonus!

Well done,

Taff

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Lillian
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8 Jul 2013 - 4:42 PM

Very very beautiful Andrew
Lillian

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 - 4:46 PM

What a cracker...

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 4:46 PM

What a super capture Andrew and I love it's name.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 4:53 PM

Double luck and it is a perfect shot, beautiful!!! and I love his name!

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franken
franken e2 Member 113046 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 4:53 PM

Beautiful close up Andrew.

Ken.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 6:25 PM

belting detail and colour andrew a stunner nice one Wink
andy

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DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 6:34 PM

This is just so beautiful Andrew.
Wonderful colour & detail.
Lucky you....
Hilary ....(*-*)....

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 7:02 PM

It's just not fair Andrew - but I'll forgive you because it is such a lovely image.SmileSmileSmileWinkWinkWink
Joan.

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 - 8:22 PM

Fantastic shot. Lucky you

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 8:29 PM

As we say in Yorkshire,

"You jammy bugger!"

I saw a much less interesting butterfly while we were walking the dogs tonight and I had the camera with me. I told it that all I wanted was it to settle with its wings open and stay still for just two minutes and blow me, it did just that. It is only a Meadow Brown but I got it, much to my surprise. So your luck with butterflies has sped across the planet attached to your e-mails. Thank you so much for that Andrew.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 8:38 PM

The flower is a beauty, Andrew, but the flower with the butterfly on it is just wonderful, how lucky you were. I've had a bee or flying insect do this to me, but never a butterfly. I was sitting outside Winchester Cathedral yesterday watching a red admiral fly around and then it suddenly went out of sight. Someone behind me said it was resting on my back. What a pleasure.
I talk to them, too, like Lynne, and have even had one settle on my hand, but they rarely do as they are bid.

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 8:54 PM

That is quite a moment. Sometimes it is the little surprises in life that are the dearest.
I'm glad you caught it before it moved on to another flower.
Gorgeous.

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Niknut
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8 Jul 2013 - 8:59 PM

Cracking shot !!....impressive detail & colours !!

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Michaela_Solway
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8 Jul 2013 - 10:22 PM

Stunning image.. The butterfly is beautiful.. Excellent Andrew.

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Glostopcat
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8 Jul 2013 - 10:49 PM

A wonderful opportunistic capture Andrew, and I thought that you'd spent ages stalking your subject and honing your fieldcraft skills!Wink

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CaroleS
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9 Jul 2013 - 4:09 PM

Stunning!!!

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dawnmichelle
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9 Jul 2013 - 7:49 PM

this is beautiful !

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PattiW
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10 Jul 2013 - 12:17 PM

Lucky you to have this beauty posing for you! Gorgeous image! PattiSmile

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ChristineD
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10 Jul 2013 - 5:11 PM

Fabulous image

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CaroleA
CaroleA  8 England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2013 - 6:37 PM

Awwwwwwww what did I miss the other day? But at least I didn't miss this one :-;

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2013 - 6:49 PM


Quote: As we say in Yorkshire,

"You jammy bugger!"

I saw a much less interesting butterfly while we were walking the dogs tonight and I had the camera with me. I told it that all I wanted was it to settle with its wings open and stay still for just two minutes and blow me, it did just that. It is only a Meadow Brown but I got it, much to my surprise. So your luck with butterflies has sped across the planet attached to your e-mails. Thank you so much for that Andrew.

You're most welcome, Lynne. So glad to know the fortuity was not only infectious but had such a far reach GrinGrin

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annettep38
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11 Jul 2013 - 12:30 AM

what a beauty. and I have been trying for weeks to get a deceny shot of that pansy in MY, bah! here you are, just need to think of flowers and be quick Smile

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