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Robberfly warms itself in the early morning before the hunt.


Robberfly warms itself in the early morning before the hunt.

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Insects and bugs have such amazing colors and textures in them--quite beautiful really. Except for spiders. I do not like spiders--well, just the big fat ones.
Ray: yes...I find great beauty in insects when viewed up close...spiders too.
  • The windmills of my mind
  • 4 Nov 2008, 04:58
Who mentioned spiders! Yikes... they have me running screaming to the hills.

This on the other hand, is magnificently handsome. Such amazing colours. Fine work, Ray smile
Ray: Robberflies seem to be very aggressive, muscular critters, Paul, and I like trying to capture them photographically.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Nov 2008, 05:18
Fabulous shot, I almost can hear this little fella breath...he is showing off with his beautiful eyes....hold on tight before take off, Ray a likey to me, thanks!!
Ray: You are too kind, Astrid.. These insects are good fun to "hunt".
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Nov 2008, 07:36
Looks deadly Ray I hope you did not get bittensmile
Ray: I think they eat little insects, Tracy...not tough, old, Apes like me. [grin]
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 4 Nov 2008, 09:05
Great work Ray what lense do you use for these macro "close up" photos
Ray: I use whatever I have when walking about, Vintage.
On this occasion it was the Canon 70-200mm F4 L ISM, and probably had a 25mm extension barrel behind it...this is a fine set-up for walkabout macro stuff IMHO.
Amazing, Ray. I cannot believe your photos are not published in National Geographic or something similar.
Ray: I wish!!!
Thanks for you very encouraging remark, Jennie.
Pretty damn good sir!
Ray: Demm'd fine of you to remark thusly, thanks, Bill.
What a stunning shot Ray. Perfection is around the corner. Congratulations to you!
Ray: That is a very encouraging remark, thanks, Richard.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Nov 2008, 20:11
This looks almost unreal.

I think Ray it's time you experimented with some stacking software. wink
Ray: Ok, Ellie....good idea.

Eerrr....what's "stacking software" it, perhaps that stack of old CD's on the printer shelf?
Scary and slightly surreal
Ray: yes...and, fascinating, Nigel.
Wonderful details !

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