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The Flower and the Hummingbird hawk moth

By ColleenA
Good morning from a wet Cape Town....

A BIG THANK YOU to Ryan (Bigry1) for his UA yesterday and to everyone who continues to vote for my images.

The day I took a walk in our garden with my Nikon and 40mm lens to capture the Cosmos, I stopped to admire these little beauties
... lo and behold about 3 metres into the garden was a Hummingbird hawk moth feeding on the flowers. As I did not have my telephoto lens and am forbidden to walk in the flower beds, I had to make the most of the moment, hence my Versions 2,3,4 and 5. V5 I managed to get a full on shot of the patterns on his wings. Lesson learnt....carry 2 lensesGrinGrinGrin
Have a great day......GrinGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Nature Flowers and plants

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zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
4 Jun 2013 6:11AM
lovely set, nice detail with that lens.

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
4 Jun 2013 6:12AM
Wow !!! These are totally amazing photos Colleen !! Excellent and brilliant - and all those superlatives I don't know Smile Cold and very windy here this morning but it looks like maybe the rain is goneSmile
S_Psharma 4 1 India
4 Jun 2013 6:18AM
All are beautiful nature tudies every one is better than the others.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 6:20AM
It's a double WOW from me. I love V1 for the elegance and the incredible detais on the flower, V3 and V4 for the very impressive insect on show. Brava Brava Colleen. This images are really special. Grin
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
4 Jun 2013 6:32AM
Well done indeed Colleen, a lovely set.

4 Jun 2013 6:57AM
Five stunning images, Colleen!
Looks like another sunny day for us today!! Not before time, though!!Smile
Hope your weather picks up soon.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 7:01AM
These must have been hard to capture - well done and I especially like v3 and v4 Colleen SmileSmile
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
4 Jun 2013 7:14AM
Thanks to all of you for all the great comments, and yes Helen they were extremely hard to capture especially without a zoom.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 7:19AM
How can anyone follow those comments Colleen...amazing captures
but V3 and 4 are my winners so unusual, and without the macro lens!!!
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 7:20AM
These are amazing Colleen - it is almost as though the moth has stopped mid flight to allow you to photograph him! Fab! Smile

SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 7:21AM
Brilliant captures and I haven't seen any of these yet, they are such graceful creatures.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 7:22AM
A super series of images Colleen, great looking moth, well capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
4 Jun 2013 7:23AM
V5 is a cracker Colleen , well done Grin

4 Jun 2013 7:34AM
What a wonderful set you have here.
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 7:57AM
Very impressive captures.
4 Jun 2013 8:09AM
Another excellent set ColleenSmile
Suzicoo 4 480 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 8:11AM
you did very well to capture these without your macro lens, well done
gwynn56 4 87 England
4 Jun 2013 8:31AM
beautiful set of images Smile
jdinne 13 16 England
4 Jun 2013 8:39AM
Great set Colleen am very intrigued with V3 is that its tongue? Excellent.

User_Removed 6 48 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 8:42AM
A Brilliant set of images Colleen, well done and great timing.
Regards, Alf.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
4 Jun 2013 8:43AM
Very well captured, Colleen. Sods law says that you would always have the wrong lens on and the blighter would have flown off before being able to change GrinGrinGrin

4 Jun 2013 8:52AM
A terrific set. Smile
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
4 Jun 2013 8:56AM
Wonderful set, my favourites are V1 and V3.
Tish1 Plus
3 16 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 9:23AM
Wrong lens, right lens, it's not the lens that matters but the result and in this instant the result is brilliant!

Quoise Plus
3 746 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 9:26AM
Wonderful set!
AnnJ Plus
5 5 Scotland
4 Jun 2013 10:03AM
So well done, and V3 is a real stunner. Ann.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 10:41AM
A wonderful set Colleen and V1 is an out and out beauty.
4 Jun 2013 11:43AM
Es un poema.
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 12:22PM
Incredible Colleen - outstanding set of images. V3 is stunning.
4 Jun 2013 12:41PM
Super set of images, love that Humingbird Hawk moth Colleen
Regards Brian
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 1:59PM
Now your showing off Colleen, fantastic shots.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
4 Jun 2013 2:43PM
A cracking set, Colleen, very nicely captured, think V4's my fave...but all good 'uns, and think I might just have to part with my UA here...Wink
Trev Smile
4 Jun 2013 3:25PM
Fabulous captures !
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 3:41PM
Great shots Colleen well done ,

Ali GrinGrin
4 Jun 2013 3:53PM
No matter the lens, but the result. And these are five brilliant captures ColleenSmile
4 Jun 2013 4:59PM
V2 should be V1, rest are simply superb. I know how diff is the subject.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
4 Jun 2013 6:08PM
A Brilliant set of imagesSmile
1881 4 India
4 Jun 2013 6:13PM
4 Jun 2013 6:41PM
A fabulous set of images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 7:40PM
Fantastic set of images, exceptionally well captured and presented

CHRISB911 10 54 1
4 Jun 2013 7:48PM
stunning shot
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
4 Jun 2013 7:48PM
You and the 40mm have done a very impressive job-- quite a fine collection!
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 8:41PM
A great capture, an opportunity you couldn't miss.Smile

Wonderful series Colleen, and lovely moth, I have never seen one of those before...Grin

Lynette Grin
5 Jun 2013 10:53AM
Fantastic set Colleen. Cathy
5 Jun 2013 11:58AM
V2 and 3 win through for me nice work

The whole series is incredible, Colleen.

8 Jun 2013 10:48AM
GGrreat set Coleen SmileSmile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
9 Jun 2013 5:42PM
V3 and v4 are the stand out shots in my eyes

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