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Macro – June 2019

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana, Concedii, EXTREME macro, Plimbari, Salticizi, Specii rare on June 3, 2019 by maxpho

My June macro photographs will be posted here…

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Reptiles- 2019

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana, Plimbari on May 21, 2019 by maxpho

This post will be about some of the reptiles I meet in 2019. Hope to have a lot of species here soon…

Anguis colchica:

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Macro – May 2019

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana, Concedii, Plimbari, Specii rare on May 6, 2019 by maxpho

Macro shots of some insect (and not only) species that I’ve found in the very wet month of May.

 

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Old shots…

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana, Concedii, Fotografii vechi, Plimbari, Specii rare, Uncategorized on July 1, 2018 by maxpho

Some old shots of…insects, reptiles…and others.

From 2013/15, reprocessed in 2018.

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Eudia Pavoniella – SuperMacrophotography – March 25, 2018

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Experimente, Supermacrofotografie on March 25, 2018 by maxpho

Another male Eudia pavoniella emerged today. This time I had enough calm moments to shoot this individual in Hi-Res. At least in some areas…

The most striking details were found to be the little hairs between the elements of the feather-like structure of the moth’s antennae. This tiny hairs are the ones that collect and disperse the pheromones emitted by the females. It is the only way the males of most night-flying moths are able to find their partner.

Equipment: Canon 550D, 10mm macro ring, SMC Pentax M 1:2.8 28mm lens, used as an inverted lens, and a Nissin MF18 Macro ring flash. The image is a stack of 10 individually focused shots. Stacking software: Zerene Stacker. The scale is also shown on the image.

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And a shot of the entire moth, two hours after it exited the cocoon.

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Another closeup view:

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Eudia pavoniella – March 2, 2018

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Evenimente, Experimente, Specii rare, Uncategorized on March 2, 2018 by maxpho

Spring is coming, and the first sign was observed in my balcony where I keep a few cocoons of a lovely medium-sized moth. A single female emerged today from one such cocoon. The species name is Saturnia pavoniella (Scopoli, 1763), a moth occurring in Europe. In Romania, I’ve found it in three locations already, in almost all the evolution stages: eggs. caterpillars and more recently as adults. It frequently comes to light during the colder nights of March-April, and sometimes in May, depending on altitude.

This species is not yet threatened, but it seems that its range is changing in recent years.

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Also, the male. The following shots are of a freshly emerged male from March 10.

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Vipers

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Concedii, Plimbari, Specii rare on December 1, 2017 by maxpho

For some time now I’ve been waiting for the right moment to write a post about some of the reptiles I’ve met during my field trips in Romania.

I believe that the “right moment” is close, so I’m slowly starting to post a few shots of some of the vipers and other snakes.

The first one, showing perhaps the smallest of the viper individuals I’ve ever, a young Vipera berus, with an interesting “scale bar” near-by:)

It was found in the Retezat Mountains, near the “Pietrele” cabin.

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And another Vipera berus individual, also from the Retezat Mountains, this time a fully-grown adult, of a very interesting coloration:

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One of the first Vipera berus found in the Retezat Mountains, back in 2011. This specimen was again found in 2012 and 2013 at the same location.

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A shot of my very first viper species ever found in Nature, back in 2010. This individual is of the species Vipera ammodytes mondandoni. It is found only in Bulgaria and South-Western Romania. I think that after meting this guy, handling it and take a few photographs, I was totally devoted to finding vipers and snakes in general wherever I went. “Thank you little one!”. It is also quite sad to find this shot, since, after 2011, I was not able to find any other vipers at the same location…I do suspect human activities were the main reason.

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A few shots of a young Vipera ammodytes ammodytes, a species found in south-western Romania, and one of the most recognizable vipers in Europe due to that little horn on its nose. This individual was found in 2013 while basking in the Sun; when approached it remained perfectly still, playing dead. It took some time to have it move and be friendly enough for some closeups.

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And another young of the same species, at almost the same location, but this time in 2016.

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And this time a large, actually very large, individual of Vipera ammodytes ammodytes. This guy was found hiding under a large boulder; after persuading him to come out, I’ve noticed that it was badly injured. Apparently it did recover, at least partially, and now was preparing to molt.  This is the reason for its blue eyes:

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Another viper species, one that made me travel a few hundreds of miles from home in order to find it. Rather difficult to observe due to its small size and perfect camouflage, so after two years only two individuals were found. One of them was spotted as it was rushing towards me in the grass. Its name: Vipera ursinii moldavica.

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