Archive for the Comana Category

Comana Woods at -7 Celsius – January 12, 2019

Posted in Comana, Experimente, Plimbari on January 13, 2019 by maxpho

New photo gear and a nice cold evening in the Comana Woods.

Not many subjects to test the equipment, but some spectacular light and colors: the blue of the sky reflected by the snow, and the reddish cirrus clouds and tall grasses.

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Camera: Canon 6D

Lenses: Sigma Macro 50mm, Samyang 8mm F/3.5 fisheye, Canon 70-200mm L F/4.

A tripod was used for HRD shots.


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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Spring in the Comana Woods – March 11, 2018

Posted in Comana on March 11, 2018 by maxpho

Spring is unveiling and with it the hibernating butterflies and the newly born flowers…

The following shots were captured on a lovely clear and warm day.

Inachis io: tens of individuals were flying today, after spending so many months in hibernation.



Gonepteryx rhamni: another hibernating butterfly. And one of the very first species that start flying early in the year. Whenever you see this one, in March usually, you know Spring is here for good.


The lovely Crocus flowers. One of the very first flowers emerging from the ground in March.



And a stacked shot, showing the head of a Polygonia c-album butterfly.


Spring butterflies and moths

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana on March 20, 2017 by maxpho

Spring is definitely here…these shots present some of the early butterfly and moth species that start to emerge in March-April.

Zerynthia polyxena:

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Eudia pavoniella:




The Moon and a plane – March 4, 2017

Posted in Comana on March 4, 2017 by maxpho

Some shots from my first trip this year to Comana Woods, where together with my wife we’ve watched a lot of planes passing by the Moon. I’ve only had the 100mm macro lens on the 550D, so no “fie” details were captured.

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Some insect macrophotography – May 2016

Posted in Canaraua Fetii, Comana, Plimbari, Specii rare on May 21, 2016 by maxpho

During a few expeditions at the beginning of May, I’ve managed to get a few pictures of some beautiful butterflies and other insects, some of which are threatened with extinction in a few locations due to the “great human intervention”. I will not get in depth with the reasons why this happens more and more often in our country. I will, perhaps one day, write a more comprehensive article about this, but I already believe it will not have any impact…

And now the shots:

Parnassius mnemosine distincta:

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Melitaea phoebe phoebe:

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Glaucopsyche alexis alexis:

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Carcharodus orientalis orientalis:

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Saturnia pavonia pavonia (only eggs and larva):



Zerynthia polyxena polyxena (adult female and eggs):


And other insects:




Spring is here !!!

Posted in Comana, Plimbari on March 5, 2016 by maxpho

The spring butterflies and flowers have emerged! A bit too soon perhaps, but I must confess that I like this early Spring 🙂

The following images were shot in the Comana Woods, near Bucharest, at the end of February and the beginning of March. The butterfly (of the species Nymphalis polychloros) was just one of the many species found. For this species (and not only) the flight period started a bit too soon.