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Maniola jurtina

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 23 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Maniola jurtina (Bruin zandoogje (BE) / Meadow Brown (EN) / Großes Ochsenauge (DE), Myrtil (FR)) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. I showed this specimen already from a trip to Germany on 06/07. My 09/08 -trip ended just over the border into the Netherlands where I found this couple. They landed together at the very bottom of a dried grass and steadily walked their way up to the top so I waited till they reached this point. A few moments after taking this image, they flew away, still together.
I still find it amazing how it is possible for them to fly attached to eachother.
Image: Maastricht (NL) - 09/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Met een scheef oogje houdt de bovenste je in de smiezen ;) Mooie rustige foto en natuurlijk weer een prachtige scherpte en lichtval! Tja, voor dit soort foto's moet je naar Nederland hoor :))

23 Aug 2010 5:25am

@Monique: Tja, daar zijn ze inderdaad wat vrijer in de omgang met X-rated foto's :D Bedankt voor je commentaar alweer, Monique.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

wow !!!! exceptionnal ! I was wondering why nearly all your pictures had an olive-green-yellow background ?

23 Aug 2010 6:25am

@Veronique: The green, yellow, brown etc colors in my background are the natural blurred mix of the colors of a grass-area during summer with the orange of late-evening sun. I prefere making images during the last hour before sunset. Light is very warm then. I nearly always use very limited DOF, creating a nice blur of the backgroundcolors, resulting in these smooth color tones. I do very carefully choose a shooting angle in order to have a good background too... There has to be at least 1m free space behind the subject... Of course I have also other images... but these mostly end up in trash in stead of showing them here :-). Hope this will give you some answer ? Have a nice day, Veronique.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Stunning :)

23 Aug 2010 7:25am

@Christine: the image, the action or both? ;-)

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

wow - how do you often manage to catch two?

23 Aug 2010 9:08am

@kitty: I spend a lot of time in an entire population of those species. A population normally consists of several males and females as you know :-) And as with all species in nature one of their primary conserns is to povide progeny. So it is not very unusual to see pairs when visiting a population. Visting a population is of course someting different from doing a nature walk and making images of occasional species you see passing by.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

X page, playing Mikado... Wonderfull!

23 Aug 2010 11:04am

@KriKridesign: Glad you like it :-).

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

simplement magnifique !!!!!!
5 etoiles !!
des macros d'exception !
amitiés !

23 Aug 2010 3:24pm

@marc battault: As always you're very generous with the stars :-) Thank you very much, Marc. This image was one of the best of that trip I think.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wonderful capture!

23 Aug 2010 3:31pm

@Marilla: Thank you very much, Marilla. This species is not very brightly colored, but the light and the action provided this unique scene.

Don Levesque from New Brunswick, Canada

The golden background and the brownish colours of these butterflies are of a perfect blend. Awesome capture!

23 Aug 2010 10:40pm

@Don Levesque: Thanks, Don. I'm very happy with this one too.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Sweet - and fantastically done! beautiful focus and warm tones! The details are simply intruiging ;D

24 Aug 2010 5:37am

@daniela scharnowski: My favorite "golden hour" work - you know :D

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wer mit offenen Augen durch die Natur geht, kann solche kleinen Wunder entdecken. Sie dann auch noch so weitergeben zu können - dazu gratuliere ich dir ganz herzlich !

24 Aug 2010 11:06am

@Loner: Walking with closed eyes is very difficult and dangerous :D (But I know what you want to say of course) Thanks for this fine compliment, Sonja. I'm glad you keep returning to my pages and enjoying my work. Hope you can start making images soon, again !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Wonderful light! The sharpness and detail are exquisite. You were well rewarded for your patience.

25 Aug 2010 1:53am

@Julie Brown: It is always worthwhile to wait for the sunset. Light is so wonderful and warm then. There is only one disadvantage in summer: driving back home in the dark and very late going to sleep...

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

De la macrophotographie avec un M majuscule !!!
Pureté des détails, des couleurs, composition... bref
Un sans faute !!! 6 ******

25 Aug 2010 4:29pm

@Wolfen: Thanks for your very enthousiast reactions, Denis. I'm realy happy you like my macro-work.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige compositie, super gedaan Johan!!

25 Aug 2010 7:25pm

@Mascha: Heel erg bedankt voor al je commentaartjes alweer, Mascha.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Okay if I say I like this you will tease me but there is a pattern in their mating.. and it really is beautiful. Not so twisted up as the dragonflies :)

26 Aug 2010 3:32pm

@Dutçh: I know ... you always find the mating images fascinating .... :P

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
ISO 200
150 mm