another day near house, 4.may.2015

May 5th, 2015 Cosmin Manci

Ended (just a way to say … never will end with work here 🙂 ) with home things and decided one more time (for sure will be many more times 🙂 ) to do another trip in the forest near house (this time I checked and is something like 5 km away from house)… you can see on the “map” where I have been (blue line).


This time I have used only the gear 7D with Sigma 150 and a lot the tripod (sorry for quality … from phone). Flash in general was used just as a fill and because of the wind (even if not strong) a big procent of photos headed in recycle bib direction.

4.may.2015, setup

Here it is what I got … still the flash light is too strong 🙁 … need to do more experiments and tryouts.

Some plants … a name for Asparagus species is appreciated (got it, Asparagus tenuifolius, thanks Paul). Finding here Orchis purpurea was amazing for me, maybe will reach the place again in 2-3 days so I can make some in full bloom photos. And flowers of warted spindle tree even if small are very nice.

Asparagus tenuifolius Allium ursinum Convallaria majalis Orchis purpurea Euonymus verrucosus

And some invertebrates …

Misumenops tricuspidatus Agapanthia sp. Rhagium sycophanta Elateridae sp Cantharis rustica Platycerus caraboides Coraeus marginatus Eysarcoris fabricii Pyrgus malvae Erynnis tages Anthocharis cardamines Cauchas rufimitrella Tanyptera atrata

And for ending … a nice female of Lacerta viridis.

Lacerta viridis

Like always I’m more than happy to receive name for what I have photographed and is not named yet or named wrongly.

Thanks to: Pjotr Oosterbroek for the name of the tipulid (Tanyptera atrata), Fabrizio Fanti for Cantharis rustica, Paul-Marian Szatmari for Asparagus tenuifolius, …

near home – 2.may.2015

May 3rd, 2015 Cosmin Manci

At a point I needed to restart writing here so here it is.

Yesterday done a short walk out mainly with the aim to test a diffuser for photos taken in nature … preparing for Morocco expedition and there I can’t go on trying (maybe it is only chance for me to go there, even I hope to repeat the experience later).

Even if the weather was bad … light rain … all (me, wife and baby) in car so we can get closer to the forest faster.

We started with a walk in the forest but only few subjects found and in those condition made first in nature shots with the new setup. For this was used Canon MP-E and more or less also the tripod. First photo taken was just a ghost 🙂 . And after that unsuccessful one next ones were better but I still find the shadows there too strong … will have to solve that somehow.

Orsodacne sp., Comarna (IS), 2.may.2015 Curculio sp., Comarna (IS), 2.may.2015 Pyrrhocoris apterus, Comarna (IS), 2.may.2015 Pyrrhocoris apterus Aranaeus sp. Oedemera sp. Anthaxia signaticollis Cantharidae sp. Volinus sticticus Gastrophysa viridula Sitophilus sp.

All next photos were done using Sigma 150 mm lens and tripod, time used for photos was too long to do it from hand, not enough natural light.
I was amaze of sleeping position of Erynnis tages, so much that when found first specimen believed that is a dead one and I looked for the guilty spider and on my surprise the butterfly just got a normal position and was on wing, slowly because of temperature but on wings.

Erynnis tages Erynnis tages Erynnis tages

In fact all butterflies seen except few specimens of Leptidea sinapis (probably), were on sleep position waiting for better weather and higher temperature/sun. But I was content to find also a male of Zerynthia polyxena, species that was on my target for the day.

Zerynthia polyxena Zerynthia polyxena Boloria dia Boloria dia Boloria dia Boloria dia

To see the difference (specially for a bad use of flash), natural light and full-flash see this photo, no modification at all, just converted from RAW, made one from two and resize for posting here:

Erynnis tages, flash/no flash

Don’t bother too much with colors, in the end is more or less the same one but saturated or unsaturated one, but see the background and strong shadow on the one with flash.

– more tests needed
– I need a small flash light to light the specimens, very hard to focus on something with Canon MP-E
– more tests needed 🙂

PS – any help with identification is welcome

1.noiembrie.2008 – in Parcul National Retezat

November 2nd, 2008 Cosmin Manci

Azi am fost intr-o patrulare pe Valea Lapusnicu Mare in Parcul National Retezat, pentru eventuali pescari si ca sa ne facem simtita prezenta in parc… nici un fel de probleme chiar am putut vedea turisti care au pus frumos gunoi in masina… bravo lor.

Putin inainte de intrarea in parc ne-am oprit pe o fanata unde Gabriela a gasit o omida de Macrothylacia rubi (in fotografia de mai jos se poate vedea omida si in pozitia de alarma, facuta “colac”)

Pana la urma in parc ne-am oprit langa refugiul Stanuleti unde am umblat un pic prin padure in cautare de subiecte, ca de obicei pe vremea asta ciuperci (numele acestora e posibil sa se modifice).

Calocera cornea

Gloeophyllum sepiarium

Panellus serotinus

Pycnoporus cinnabarinus

… si fara nume… pe moment

Iar daca va uitati atent pe ciuperca de mai sus se poate vedea o forma… o plosnita mai stranie ca forma din genul Empicoris (pe moment nu stiu numele complet).

Pentru diversificare si doua specii de licheni (sper ca am determinat bine):

Cladonia coniocraea

Lobaria pulmonaria

probabil voi reveni maine 😉