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A lot of clearing up yesterday after the gales, I lost one pine tree, two eucalyptus, my beloved lemon tree, one clematis and numerous other small plants, and still have a lot to sort out, but Iím getting there slowly. Apologies for only voting yesterday, but all day was spent clearing/tidying the garden as well as possible.
Something good came out of yesterday, though. I was clearing the pool when I saw a tiny critter crawling up the side, but it was too small to see what it was. I scooped it onto a leaf and took it indoors, because there was every likelihood that it would have been blown away if I had tried to photograph it outside. I took a few images, and then realized that it was the tiniest and cutest little clanger (weevil) that I have ever seen. I managed a few clicks before it flew onto the window, obviously wanting to get back outside. I was delighted when I discovered that I had managed to capture it with its wings unfurled, ready to take off. Vís 2 & 3 are not good images, but it was too small for my little point and shoot to do it any justice. I have included V.4 as an indication of its size, taken alongside a sewing pin.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:I'm off!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:19 Apr 2012 - 5:53 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, General, Macro, Nature, Weevil, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:79
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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 5:59 AM

I think you have a magic image with V1..
Great timing good DOF...
Shutter speed looks great to give you detail in the wings..
Very nice colours and tones...
The comp is spot on...
A stunning image and that only V1...
A great set of images including the size of the little man next to the pin..
That shows me you have a great macro lens on your little point and shoot camera...
Magic work...

Dave

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Lillian
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19 Apr 2012 - 6:07 AM

That sounds like a lot of work still there Carol, must have been one almighty storm!
Going for V4 and the sharpness there and like the way you have shown the size too
Lillian

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 6:27 AM

Wonderfull capture Carol hope you get recovered from your gales soon .
Rob

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LynneJoyce
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19 Apr 2012 - 6:33 AM

This really is super macro work.

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 596 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 6:34 AM

Fantastic Carol, I love clangers and as you said this is very cute. Although V1 is the best the rest are still excellent images, great work and good luck with the clear up.

Andy

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netta1234
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19 Apr 2012 - 7:03 AM

Brilliant Carol,lovely detail,great macro
NettaSmile

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SUE118
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19 Apr 2012 - 7:07 AM

Oh so cute Smile

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dven
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19 Apr 2012 - 7:13 AM

Version 1 is absolutely brilliant, sorry to hear about all your damage in the garden.

dven

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Hoverflylover
19 Apr 2012 - 7:13 AM

Had no idea about the stormy conditions Carol. What a delightful capture. As you say, it puts it into perspective when you see how tiny this little insect is. It is always so difficult to capture insects with their wings outstretched or even flying off so this is a fantastic image.
Linda.

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Len1950
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19 Apr 2012 - 7:30 AM

Excellent set Carol with V1 the stand out shot.

Len

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 7:32 AM

wonderful set carol v2 for me today brilliant detail super colours a real cracker nice one Wink
andy

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84168 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 7:44 AM

With version 1 you've excelled yourself Carol! What a wonderful image.
I also like version 4, showing us just how tiny these little critters are! Smile

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NDODS
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19 Apr 2012 - 7:47 AM

A brilliant set of images, very difficult to put my finger on a favourite, but I think version 2 has the edge and my humble vote, simply because you know whats going to happen next......


Regards Nathan

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4180 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 7:54 AM

Wow he is so tiny so v1 is all the more impressive having seen v4! Sorry about all that clearing - it sounds like hard work Carol,
Ann

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CaroleS
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19 Apr 2012 - 7:55 AM

Carol you work wonders with your little point and shoot. That storm did you a lot of damage by the sound of it and left you with a lot of hard workSad Carole

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susanbarton
susanbarton e2 Member 6susanbarton vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:32 AM

Brilliant shot Carol, hope the wid did not do too much damage!

Susan

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irishdomo1
19 Apr 2012 - 8:37 AM

execelent, great timing.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:44 AM

So sorry to hear of the extent of your garden losses, Carol: that must be heart breaking.
But you have still managed to capture this diminutive wee critter for us and your timing for V 1 i spot on.
Ronnie.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53997 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:48 AM

What an absolute sweetheart. Well done for managing to capture, in both senses of the word, this lovely little clanger. It looks particularly pretty in V2 but it's great seeing the wings in V1 - great shot. Smile
You must be whacked out doing all that clearing up after being so ill too. Hope you're going to put your feet up today.
Chris

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:53 AM

Incredable work Carol - don't know how you do it but the critters always pose so well for you. V1 is amazing.
Joan.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 9:01 AM

WOOOOO
What fantastic and great set of images,Carol,V4 is superbbbb,
saeid

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
19 Apr 2012 - 9:02 AM

V1 on top, a very good V4 +++++
Cor.

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LucienH
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19 Apr 2012 - 9:13 AM

All are excellent but V1 is the one for me, perfect timing.

Lucien.

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 6dmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 9:20 AM

Congrats on your UA, and lovely shots Carol.
regards
Yung

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Ade_Osman
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19 Apr 2012 - 9:34 AM

Great timing on V1 Carol, like V4 too for it's sense of scale, well done to you again.....

Ade x

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19 Apr 2012 - 9:45 AM

Great set Carol, v1 for me - a different capture and so well-timed.

Dave

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TrevBatWCC
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19 Apr 2012 - 10:07 AM

He really is a tiny fellow, isn't he? Amazing captures, Carol Wink Sorry to hear of all your damage, hope you soon get it all sorted, and that you're feeling much better, health-wise Wink
Trev Smile

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TonyDy
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19 Apr 2012 - 10:55 AM

Great series of shots, Carol - don't usually associate somewhere like Crete with destructive storms - hope they are finished.
Tony

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Old Username was gilbo Scotland
19 Apr 2012 - 10:59 AM

Practice makes perfect ! Brilliant imges carol and a joy to see. Sorry about the damage to your garden !Don't tire yourself out !! GWink

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HeathMcDonald
19 Apr 2012 - 11:26 AM

Very nicely captured, perfect timing. Smile

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19 Apr 2012 - 12:36 PM

A fantastic effort even in disturbed situation.

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annettep38
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19 Apr 2012 - 12:45 PM

it is a lovely series - but no4 impresses me most. Puts all the others into a right scale.
I like his nose, too Smile

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vickyf
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19 Apr 2012 - 1:54 PM

A fascinating set of images, so well spotted.

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PattiW
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19 Apr 2012 - 2:20 PM

Carol, I knew this was yours before I ever saw your name. It never ceases to amaze me how you find all these little beasties, but you get such awesome shots of them! Love it, Patti Smile

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RajaSidambaram
19 Apr 2012 - 2:21 PM

Wealth from waste; Pleasing set of weevil images, Carol.Beauty from rubble. I wonder how you are dedicated even during a calamity. - Raja.

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Daisymaye
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19 Apr 2012 - 2:28 PM

An excellent set Carol. Looks like he has a little green coat on................Sandy

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19 Apr 2012 - 2:50 PM

Super set. view 4 really does show the scale of this insect. Sylvia

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achieverswales
19 Apr 2012 - 3:16 PM

These are delightful insects Carol and you have captured him/her so well, like the size comparison.

Regards

Trev.

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19 Apr 2012 - 3:53 PM

He looks as if he is wearing knitted clothes!!
Great captures Carol
Helen

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19 Apr 2012 - 4:52 PM

What a darling little green clanger, and you should be very proud of V1, Carol.
I'd be so upset if my garden were devastated like yoursSad.

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19 Apr 2012 - 5:05 PM

great set Carol but I am taken with V4 unbelievable size for the photo's you achieved - sorry the gales destroyed your garden like that and such hard work clearing up after you have been poorly

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19 Apr 2012 - 5:44 PM

Superb and skilful photography Carol.

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19 Apr 2012 - 6:01 PM

Excellent clanger close ups Carol wonderful V1 and V4 you did very well with this little one. Gary

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19 Apr 2012 - 6:37 PM

excellent set carol.sorry about your garden .
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19 Apr 2012 - 7:48 PM

Super set as ever Carol - so sorry to hear about the garden losses. A lot of work for you I am sure. Lou

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19 Apr 2012 - 7:54 PM

All wonderful images, tops CarolSmileSmileSmile
Brian

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19 Apr 2012 - 9:24 PM

A lovely set of images Carol ,I do like V4...hope everything has settled weather wise...still stormy looking here but the wind has died down.
Pauline.

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19 Apr 2012 - 10:13 PM

It is miniscule, so very well done for getting these shots Carol.
Hope the weather has settled down now. Moira

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20 Apr 2012 - 5:35 AM

V1 is a real cracker

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20 Apr 2012 - 9:17 AM

great capturesGrinGrin and such a teeny weeny little clangerSmile Sorry to hear about you garden damageSad
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20 Apr 2012 - 2:58 PM

'Fine details & color on this Quartet of Macro's' ~ Peter

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20 Apr 2012 - 6:48 PM

Top work as always Carol, sorry to hear about the damage to your garden caused by the winds

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20 Apr 2012 - 8:19 PM

No,1 and 4 for me Carol.
Love the pin for perspective.
Job well done Carol.

Aidan,,

PS,,hope the garden gets back to normal soon.

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21 Apr 2012 - 9:42 AM

HE'S SO CUTE!!! Awww...can't believe he's so small...and beautiful colours on him, ya??

Fantastic timing in V1 with his wingcases opened SmileSmileSmile

Gosh...I didn't realise you had lost so much in the gales! Bah Sad

A.
x

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21 Apr 2012 - 9:44 AM

PS Congrats on the UAs Smile

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digital_boi
21 Apr 2012 - 10:21 AM

good set of this tiny wee fella V1 for me as i have not seen one with the wings opened up like that
sorry to here of the garden losses especially the lemon tree the gin and tonics will not be the same a must to replace !!!!
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22 Apr 2012 - 6:53 PM

Well deserved awards Carol,a brilliant set..Lin

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26 Apr 2012 - 3:29 PM

great looking bug great macro shot Grin

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