David and Goliath  

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David and Goliath
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Later in the day after the "Control Tower" shot I got more than I bargained for in this pic of a Monarch on a Sunflower at eyelevel. That little bee came out of nowhere. Seeing this on my computer I was amazed to see the bee had entered precisely in the same focal plane as the butterfly.

Perhaps this intruder was thinking ..."Get off my flower ya big oaf. What you need is good swift kick in the butt ... and I'm just the guy to do it"


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09/18/06 3:34 PM GMT
Such a cheerful image! I love the bright, happy colors. Great job!
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09/18/06 3:42 PM GMT
Oh John - this is too cool! What a wonderful image! That little bee looks like he could handle things. Great shot! - Patty
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It's all about perspective and perception.
09/18/06 4:01 PM GMT
What more can we ask for? This is just perfect!
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If you can't find the words, you may as well shoot it...
09/18/06 4:31 PM GMT
What a beauty this is and so appropriately titled John. Perfectly captured and posted. Thanks John.
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Can't always give individual thanks but I am so appreciative of everyone's comments and input. I truly enjoy seeing all of your posts and am always happy to see you at My Gallery. Thanks, Anita
09/18/06 5:27 PM GMT
A perfectly suited name for an incredible good picture, you could place it in any good fauna and flora book, that is how much i like it ! great work John.... !!
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09/18/06 5:52 PM GMT
I thought the previous one couldn't be beat, but you've outdone yourself with this shot,
perrrfection !!

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joy is not in things, it's in us !!!
09/18/06 8:40 PM GMT
Beautiful shot - The flower is lovely and the two competing "suitors" make the picture a real winner! You can wait all day for weeks to get another shot like that and you won't!
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09/18/06 9:47 PM GMT
Dang! Talk about being in the right place at the right got a winner here and a keeper. Hope I see this in the voting booth.I think this is one of the best posts you have made. Congrats.
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09/18/06 11:26 PM GMT
This picture is a knock out. I like the bug action going on and the color that the butterfly adds to the look of your shot. The Sunflower is just so radiantly beautiful. Quite a loud statement that flower is making. I'm glad you only included that portion of the flower thus making the eye focus in on the bug action and the clear as can be center of the flower. The background is nicely out of focus. Great one.
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Life's moments are sweet. I just want to capture all that I can of them.
09/19/06 1:25 AM GMT
Love this John, the beautiful butterfly & the cheerful sunflower ! Gorgeous shot !
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09/19/06 2:21 AM GMT
The flower, Butterfly and blue background are amazing John, one of your best. The little bee just adds more to this delightful photo. Great work my friend.
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"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get" Forrest Gump...kinda relates to photograghy
09/19/06 2:45 AM GMT
An amazing capture John. The colors are just beautiful and the focus is just about perfect. You did good!
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The eye of a camera looks into the beauty of all that has been created by God for mankind to see, protect, and preserve for the future generations.
09/19/06 3:56 AM GMT
Best yet :) !! Superb in every aspect.
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The question is not what you look at, but what you see ~ Marcel Proust
09/19/06 8:56 AM GMT
Hi Muggsy
I'm just looking at `David and Goliath' I think your camera must be on steroids the colours are amazing! please keep this going.
Regards Trevor
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09/19/06 9:47 AM GMT
~found in voting booth & had to comment~

Outstanding imagery!! Perfect overall comp / placement of the take along with dynamic detail and color control!!
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Picture Purrrfect . A purrrfect world is what we all want, but, seems too unobtainable. If I've viewed and commented on your post, and you liked my remarks then NO THANKS is needed...just getting to see your wonderful work is thanks enough for me!! Also BIG thanks to all who check out my work!! I appreciate any and all comments & feedback!!
09/19/06 9:12 PM GMT
Perfect timing John. This is one amazing shot. What a brave little bee LOL. Excellent job and I love the bright colors in this.
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Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget ;)
09/20/06 10:30 AM GMT
Amazing ... outstanding clarity & detail on this John. A winner for sure .... plus I'm faving it. Excellent work.
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09/20/06 1:19 PM GMT
FANTASTIC. What a classically beautiful shot!
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SORRY I AM INFREQUENT VIEWING/COMMENTING! I have many things going on that are keeping me off the pc...
09/21/06 11:27 PM GMT
Just saw this in the VB. High marks from me. Terrific capture and the bee is that little piece of luck that makes this a '10'. Thanks for sharing, John.
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09/23/06 3:41 AM GMT
I had big sunflowers like this in my garden. Does anyone know how you harvest the sun flower seeds? I am saving this image as a favorite.
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Since we cant change reality. Let us change our eyes in which we percieve reality. Nikos Kazantzakis.
09/23/06 3:50 AM GMT
Great clarity and color!
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09/23/06 9:46 PM GMT
What a stunning shot! Sorry I missed this when it got posted. Wow!
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Thou workest Thine own work; men only call it theirs. - Bengali Song
10/01/06 10:10 PM GMT
What a beautiful photo, and I love the positioning of the sunflower. Really nicely done. :)

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10/15/06 12:42 AM GMT
Wow! This is an awsome image. I like the little bee flying in to join that beautiful butterfly. Great capture and color.
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Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual. Edward Weston
10/30/06 5:19 PM GMT
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Live every day as if it's your last... and take "pictures" of it ;)
11/06/06 4:22 AM GMT
john, this is incredible. right to faves. well done sir.
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lately, i've fallen horribly behind in my thanks and comments. I'll catch up, but until I do, please know all your kind words are greatly appreciated.
02/03/07 8:38 PM GMT
Hello John.....Despite their small size, butterflies are some of the World's most wondrous insects. Their beauty, and carefree flight all spark our imaginations.....John, this is a superb picture and I must say the c-index should be higher.....Here is a tip...if you spray sugary water on the plants you will find that the butterfly will stay around longer giving you more time to take more great photos like this one....All the best....Mick.

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02/07/07 11:04 PM GMT
wow! amazing shot! i love this, into my faves
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02/12/07 7:27 AM GMT
Amazing!!! Perfect macro. You actually can see the wings on the little one. Fantastic work.
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02/12/07 6:54 PM GMT
the colors are amazing, i like this picture so much i think it is going straight to my desktop. and in to my faves
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11/14/07 12:53 AM GMT
Exceptional Image! I just went through your Gallery John. Don't have time to comment on every image, but did download nearly everyone.
You have done some fine work my Friend.
Thanks for sharing.

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03/18/08 11:00 PM GMT
Oh John..I must say this is one of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen of this lovely Monarch butterfly. The colour of it against that precious sunflower is absolutely beautiful!
I am so glad you took this photo. I've seen them flitter around huge 10 foot sunflowers I used to have, but never saw one I thank you for this..Verena
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Do not wait; the time will never be "just right."Start where you are and work with whatever tools you may have at your command,and better tools will be found as you go along.
09/15/08 8:24 AM GMT
simply beautiful
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Thank you Jesus.
11/16/08 12:32 AM GMT
Don't know why I have never seen this one Mugz. It is quite the shot. Score should be even higher. I bow to you.

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I'll meet you at the edge of the sunlight, just behind the shadows. Anyone who does not like clouds, does not like to dream. The Ghost
12/12/08 7:51 PM GMT
Wow...this is fantastic. Clever name! I love it!
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12/12/08 9:46 PM GMT
oops ... My Bad !!!

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Just an old "Grampa" who still has a Kodak "Box" camera kicking around the attic ... learning and enjoying the wonders of modern digital photography.
12/12/08 10:08 PM GMT
Ooops !!! My Bad ... TWICE !! What a meathead :o)
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Just an old "Grampa" who still has a Kodak "Box" camera kicking around the attic ... learning and enjoying the wonders of modern digital photography.
04/07/09 2:28 AM GMT
Very nice image.
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Happy Easter!
02/12/10 2:12 AM GMT
It just makes you feel good. I love it.
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03/19/10 5:56 AM GMT
outstanding! terrific details!! superb!!!
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08/30/10 4:15 PM GMT
Wow, truly a lucky but nevertheless breathtaking shot! Truly amazing, thanks for sharing it!
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10/08/10 12:04 AM GMT
What can I say that hasn't already been said,,,, GREAT JOB
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