Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

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This is not just a ladybug like all others.. She has a cat tattoo on her left shoulder! 🙂

I always thought all ladybugs looked the same, but that’s not the case. According to Wikipedia, the spot size and coloration can provide some indication of how toxic the individual bug is to potential predators. It synthesizes the toxic alkaloids, N-oxide coccinelline and its free base precoccinelline; depending on sex and diet.

Seven-spotted ladybug or

Seven-spotted ladybug or “C-7” (Coccinella septempunctata)

Picture rotated and zoomed in:

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Hello Kitty


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Some pictures I took in Sweden last weekend:

(1) A little Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peeking out from behind a tree

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(2) Small mushrooms growing on a fallen tree trunk

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(3) Clematis seed heads up close

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(4) The autumn colours were wonderful. I was lucky; the day after I left it started to snow 🙂

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Week 42! Apologies for the slow update.. I haven’t used my regular cameras at all in the past months, but instead I’ve been shooting analogue with Diana Mini and an old Konica – first film rolls are developed and the results are Terrible but Fun 🙂  Anyway, today I went to the forest and I brought my PS as well:

(1) Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

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(2) Mushroom family

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(3) Sporophyte of the moss

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Week 34 already! Here’s a Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) basking in the sun, we’re enjoying sunny summer days here in Amsterdam this week 🙂

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Its face look a bit comical seen from the front.. Little Muppet!

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This fly has a second face in its face! 😀 It kind of looks like a cartoon character wearing huge headphones.

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Two butterflies, photographed during a walk today. Unfortunately I didn’t have my Raynox lens with me so these were shot with PS SX60 only.

(1) Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and a bee

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(2) Small white (Pieris rapae)

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Anthrax anthrax, is a species of fly in the family Bombyliidae. It’s a fairly large fly, the body length is 10 mm. The body is black with four white markings at tergum 2 and 3 and two white markings at the end of the abdomen. Tergum 1 is black with tufts of white hairs at the side (visible when hovering, thus not in this picture). The wings are mostly black, only the tops are transparant, and the veins are dark brown. It kind of looks like the wings have been painted with watercolour, I think the pattern is quite nice. 🙂

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A peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), photographed from my office window today. Not the best quality, it was quite far away and even though it’s one of the largest falcons, it was a tall order even for my trusty SX60. I think it’s a female, she was about the same size as a raven, males are smaller roughly the size of a crow.

The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on Earth and in 2005 one was recorded stooping at a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph). Impressive!

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A male Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) enjoying a cooling bath

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A female Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), swaying back and forth in the wind.. Captured with a shutter speed of 1/1000 s.

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