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azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-09-01 10:24]

Excellent beetle photograph! Great DOF and technical quality.

Seeing this reminds me I am intent on photographing an exceptionally rare beetle called the "Pink Coral Tiger Beetle". It is estimated that, at most, there are only 3,000 of this endangered species remaining on earth. They live on a tiny area of sand dunes in southwestern Utah, USA.

http://dwrcdc.nr.utah.gov/rsgis2/Search/Display.asp?FlNm=cicilial

I was there once but could not find any to photograph. It was the wrong time of year. I will return during the right time of year to take a picture. :)

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-08-29 6:24]

Nicely captured image conveying the rugged beauty of the Sierra de Tramontana.

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-08-19 16:36]

A nice, high quality roadrunner capture

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-05-18 13:17] [comment]

Nice Spring capture and great color.

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-05-15 4:36]

Nice capture... well framed macro image. Around these parts we call that bee a 'yellow jacket' but don't think I've ever seen it on a flower like that before. Usually we see them on fallen fruits and around garbage cans.

I should upload some bee images I took the other day. I got all new camera equipment (Canon 5DII + lenses + accessories) which included a Canon 100mm macro and I was trying it out with some flora imagery.

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-03-31 14:03]

Seeing this and reading your description makes me anxious for my trips to The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is the most remote place in the lower 48 states and I look forward to probing it's secrets with my camera.

I want to sleep alone under the quiet sky where there isn't a single human being within 50 miles, become one with the desert and come back with photographic evidence documenting the experience.

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-03-21 20:29]

Nice colors, good composition and perspective. Your DOF was just right for this image.Just a darned nice picture!

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-03-14 9:49]

Nice capture. There is a hummingbird that lives around here that I've been wanting to try to capture one of those still winged images of. I think I can do it with my new equipment but have not tried it yet. I will post it here on TN should I be successful.

I may have mentioned this before but English sparrows, not even endemic to North America, were a hated species by my grandfather who was a Kansas wheat farmer. He had cows for milk and raised chickens for eggs and... welll... chicken. ;)

Anyway, these sparrows would eat most of the feed in the chicken coup. That took a big chunk out of his bottom line. So, for him, fighting them off was the equivalent of a farmer's "Battle of Stalingrad". It was him against the sparrows and according to him, "By Gawd, those damnable birds aren't gonna get the better of me!"

The battles were bloody but, as far as I could tell, boiled down to a Mexican standoff.

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-03-08 23:42] [+]

Very good macro capture. I recently purchased a 100mm macro lens and hope to capture imagery as nice as this. Way to go.

azleader Gold Star Critiquer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 193] (931) [2009-02-15 3:19]

Nice series. I really like this. I assume this is a set of combined images of the same event. If so, it is very fortunate you were set up to capture it at the right time.

The new camera I bought can take continuous frames at a rapid rate up until it fills the the memory card. My memory cards are 16 Gig Extreme III. Hope I get an opportunity to capture something like this some time.

Great presentation.