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I'm off!

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Weevil Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

Voters: ugly, Lillian, bobsblues and 76 more

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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 5:59AM
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...


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Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 6:07AM
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
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 6:27AM
Wonderfull capture Carol hope you get recovered from your gales soon .
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 6:33AM
This really is super macro work.
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
19 Apr 2012 6:34AM
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.

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
19 Apr 2012 7:03AM
Brilliant Carol,lovely detail,great macro
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 7:07AM
Oh so cute Smile
dven Plus
13 25 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 7:13AM
Version 1 is absolutely brilliant, sorry to hear about all your damage in the garden.

Hoverflylover 6 42 1 England
19 Apr 2012 7:13AM
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.
19 Apr 2012 7:30AM
Excellent set Carol with V1 the stand out shot.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 7:32AM
wonderful set carol v2 for me today brilliant detail super colours a real cracker nice one Wink
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
19 Apr 2012 7:44AM
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
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 7:47AM
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
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 7:54AM
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,
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 7:55AM
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
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 8:32AM
Brilliant shot Carol, hope the wid did not do too much damage!

19 Apr 2012 8:37AM
execelent, great timing.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Apr 2012 8:44AM
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.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
19 Apr 2012 8:48AM
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.
9 10 10 England
19 Apr 2012 8:53AM
Incredable work Carol - don't know how you do it but the critters always pose so well for you. V1 is amazing.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
19 Apr 2012 9:01AM
What fantastic and great set of images,Carol,V4 is superbbbb,
Cor 9 Belgium
19 Apr 2012 9:02AM
V1 on top, a very good V4 +++++
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 9:13AM
All are excellent but V1 is the one for me, perfect timing.

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 9:20AM
Congrats on your UA, and lovely shots Carol.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
19 Apr 2012 9:34AM
Great timing on V1 Carol, like V4 too for it's sense of scale, well done to you again.....

Ade x
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
19 Apr 2012 9:45AM
Great set Carol, v1 for me - a different capture and so well-timed.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
19 Apr 2012 10:07AM
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
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 10:55AM
Great series of shots, Carol - don't usually associate somewhere like Crete with destructive storms - hope they are finished.
19 Apr 2012 10:59AM
Practice makes perfect ! Brilliant imges carol and a joy to see. Sorry about the damage to your garden !Don't tire yourself out !! GWink
Mendipman 7 3 England
19 Apr 2012 11:26AM
Very nicely captured, perfect timing. Smile

19 Apr 2012 12:36PM
A fantastic effort even in disturbed situation.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
19 Apr 2012 12:45PM
it is a lovely series - but no4 impresses me most. Puts all the others into a right scale.
I like his nose, too Smile
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 1:54PM
A fascinating set of images, so well spotted.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
19 Apr 2012 2:20PM
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
Wealth from waste; Pleasing set of weevil images, Carol.Beauty from rubble. I wonder how you are dedicated even during a calamity. - Raja.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
19 Apr 2012 2:28PM
An excellent set Carol. Looks like he has a little green coat on................Sandy
Silverzone 10 2 England
19 Apr 2012 2:50PM
Super set. view 4 really does show the scale of this insect. Sylvia
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
19 Apr 2012 3:16PM
These are delightful insects Carol and you have captured him/her so well, like the size comparison.


helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 3:53PM
He looks as if he is wearing knitted clothes!!
Great captures Carol
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 4:52PM
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.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 5:05PM
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
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
19 Apr 2012 5:44PM
Superb and skilful photography Carol.
19 Apr 2012 6:01PM
Excellent clanger close ups Carol wonderful V1 and V4 you did very well with this little one. Gary
evelen 13 5 England
19 Apr 2012 6:37PM
excellent set carol.sorry about your garden .
19 Apr 2012 7:48PM
Super set as ever Carol - so sorry to hear about the garden losses. A lot of work for you I am sure. Lou
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 7:54PM
All wonderful images, tops CarolSmileSmileSmile
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
19 Apr 2012 9:24PM
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.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
19 Apr 2012 10:13PM
It is miniscule, so very well done for getting these shots Carol.
Hope the weather has settled down now. Moira
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
20 Apr 2012 5:35AM
V1 is a real cracker

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2012 9:17AM
great capturesGrinGrin and such a teeny weeny little clangerSmile Sorry to hear about you garden damageSad
LexEquine 12 19 United States
20 Apr 2012 2:58PM
'Fine details & color on this Quartet of Macro's' ~ Peter
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Apr 2012 6:48PM
Top work as always Carol, sorry to hear about the damage to your garden caused by the winds
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
20 Apr 2012 8:19PM
No,1 and 4 for me Carol.
Love the pin for perspective.
Job well done Carol.


PS,,hope the garden gets back to normal soon.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
21 Apr 2012 9:42AM
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

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
21 Apr 2012 9:44AM
PS Congrats on the UAs Smile
21 Apr 2012 10:21AM
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 !!!!
22 Apr 2012 6:53PM
Well deserved awards Carol,a brilliant set..Lin
great looking bug great macro shot Grin

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