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Lilies in the Night

By ChiliMan
First off, I loved the comments in the ‘Difficult Cat’ upload. And I’m glad you liked it, Cassiecat Wink

[Ed, so weird about the postal scratchy cat!! Perhaps in a past life it was someone who had its mail delivered all late or damaged and stuff Grin ]

Second, the furry yellow caterpillar is transforming. It’s now made a bright yellow double-walled home on the ceiling of the plastic container. I’ve taken pics as best I can through the plastic and with available light without bothering the fella too much. Will upload at some point. Today I noticed a couple of ants on and in the box. Got rid of ‘em and placed the box in an oval serving dish with a shallow moat around it to make sure nothing gets to my ‘baby’. I swear…short of changing its nappy, I’m paying way too much attention to this caterpillar Grin I’m just so looking forward to seeing what it turns into!

Ok ok…enough rambling. Here’s the 2nd entry to last month’s EPZ ‘Flower’ competition (‘160 minutes’ was the other one, as you know). I was happy with this at the time. But after uploading it I found myself going, “Why?”. I mean, I like the image but I don’t think it’s competition standard. But hey, we live and learn, eh? Hope you like these lilies. They smelt WONderful, by the way.

A Smile

Tags: Flowers White Night Flora Flowers and plants Lilies Scented Flash and lighting Sinatra

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bertie1983 9 12 England
11 Apr 2012 9:32PM
beautiful image
cabbie Plus
14 31 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 9:36PM
Spot on well done

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 9:38PM
That's lovely, Andrew, and white on black works extremely well. Is that a little droplet on the leaf?
Looking forward to the yellow caterpillar's metamorphosis. You look after it!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
11 Apr 2012 10:27PM
A real class act Andrew, such wonderful lighting, clarity and presentation. I agree with Pamela regarding the black background, it works perfectly and shows these beautiful lillies at their best
11 Apr 2012 10:33PM
Stunning capture.. Wonderful light and presentation.. Top class
Growmore 12 4 3 England
11 Apr 2012 10:35PM
It looks good to me, beautiful work. Gary
12 10 10 England
11 Apr 2012 11:09PM
Was just about to write "looks good to me" and then noticed Gary has said the same thig - so that's settled then - IT'S GOOD.WinkWinkWink
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
11 Apr 2012 11:11PM
These are beautiful lilies-- love how you have showcased them!
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
11 Apr 2012 11:24PM
Good luck with the caterpillar nappy changing Andrew.
I had enough trouble changing my daughters over twenty years ago,
and she has only two legs !!
Good shot.
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 11:35PM
So sharp and detailed. Very beautiful. Love the little droplet on leaf.Grin
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
11 Apr 2012 11:54PM
Beautiful floral image, beautifully and artistically presented.
debu 11 India
12 Apr 2012 12:34AM
Lovely image.
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
12 Apr 2012 1:29AM
Excellent lighting and close up
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
12 Apr 2012 6:22AM
A stunning flower, Andrew, and perfectly presented. Good luck with your 'baby', I do hope he/she comes up to expectations, and isn't something very dull and boring Smile Carol
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 8:02AM
brilliant detail andrew wonderful light a beautiful capture top shot Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 8:56AM
I do like this a lot Andrew - the black background works perfectly, and it's a good rich, dense black. The white petals are quite a statement against it. But best of all, that little jewel of a water droplet on the leaf - perfect.
But I am now left with the mental image of changing a caterpillar's nappy, that will stay with me all day...
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
12 Apr 2012 11:15AM
Thanks, all Smile

Pamela, yup, that is a water droplet (I think!) on the leaf. So nice and round, isn't it?? I only noticed it when viewing the shot on the computer. Don't know where it came from considering there doesn't seem to be water anywhere else on the plant!

Moira, lol...sorry for the mental image Grin It's a tricky thing changing a furry caterpillar's nappy. You gotta wear gloves when you lift up their legs.

Mick, lemme tell you...technological advancements are really something...the kind of nappies they make nowadays...two legs, six legs, octo-wrap, millipede-madness...they have something for everyone!
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
12 Apr 2012 12:09PM
I think it's all been said and then someSmile

As to the is beautiful.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 12:25PM
Wonderful image Andrew!

Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 1:26PM
A beautiful image Andrew
jayatu 10 India
12 Apr 2012 3:01PM
very cleverly taken
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 3:37PM
That is a lovely image Andrew, with superb light - Carole
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 4:02PM
Beautiful against the black - and I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of the caterpillar
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
12 Apr 2012 4:35PM
good seeing the large version of this, as i hadnt noticed the little water droplet. very pretty. lesley x
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 4:42PM
Beautiful quality shot !!!
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 6:35PM
I love white flowers - it has great detail against that black background.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
12 Apr 2012 6:50PM
Elegant and beautiful against black.

And I'm working my way from back to front, so now know the caterpillar has metamorphosed - you should check in about 12 days for the emergence. Often the pupae turns an ugly black before this, and you think it's dead - well, it's not, it's just "ripe" Smile

annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
14 Apr 2012 5:57PM
Two shining stars with all those fine shades of white you could ask for ticks allmthenrightmboxes
evelen 16 5 England
18 Apr 2012 6:26PM
beautiful image .

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