In reality, the large spider is probably the female, and the smaller one is the male hoping to mate with her BEFORE she eats him for lunch. :-)
What an evocative picture, PERCY2, and it deserves a top place in the challenge. Great colours and contrasting details in each of the big and little birds. Beautiful! Ruth :-)
This is a wonderful picture of our vast Milky Way, Alex Apo, and it deserves to be in a top position in this week's challenge. I really like the contrast between the dark browns of the rugged Aphrodite's Rock, and the softer colours of the deep blue sky. Ruth :-)
Another beautiful sunset image, ozziebadger, and another top finish in this weekly challenge. The pandanus trees with their long strappy leaves, and the black volcanic rocks remind me of summer holidays on Stradbroke Island, a long, long time ago. A thoughtful image with interesting contrasts. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, rmw18k, on coming first in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge with this dramatic capture of a female cyclist working hard to win her race. The bright sunlight catches her body beautifully as she speeds around the velodrome, and sharp colours enhance the image. A difficult capture, but you have achieved it superbly. Ruth :-)
Michael Jardine: The lotus is the national flower of Vietnam and my photo (which was DQ'd) was, I'm told, a lotus.
Your attractive flower was a frangipani, or plumeria, which grows on a tree, definitely not a lotus or waterlily.
c h u n k: Shot taken in Pennsylvania, United States. Can someone tell me how to add that to description if possible after submission
Sorry, information can't be added to the submission unless you withdraw it first and re-submit. This can only be done during the submission period, not during the voting. And if you add information beneath your entry in the comments section here, you give away your anonymity. :-(
ConanFujiX: Great stuff Ruth. Buth i think you need a better gear to match your visions. It's time to upgrade.
Thanks, ConanFujiX. Yes, I have 'upgraded' since this shot was taken, but I still stay with the small P&S Canons because my arthritic hands can't hold anything bigger and heavier. Ruth :-)
Noisy is right! When these little honeyeaters get together they make so much noise with their bickering, chattering and continual darting around. This is a great capture by you of them being (reasonably) still, while still enjoying their bathing experience. Ruth :-)
What a beautiful capture, Arijit Banerjee, of a Rhesus macaque, and it deserves a top place in this challenge. Beautiful details in the monkey's coat with each hair clearly delineated, and the tiny drops of water spraying off the fur. Great colours and contrast between the subject and the soft green bokeh background. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, Miroslav_1, on placing fourth in the 'Bath Time! (Nature) challenge, with your very wet little serin, and it is a delightful capture of this European finch. The subject of this challenge is not simple, and straight-forward, since the birds or animals are usually moving rapidly, and splashing water vigorously in every direction. You have achieved this really well. Ruth :-)
A stunning image, lim yau tong, and a worthy third place in this challenge. Wonderful colours and contrasting details, very sharp focus on the tiger's face and those eyes! You wouldn't wish to look away from them. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, Philip Lanoue, on achieving second place in the 'Bath Time! (Nature) challenge. Your snowy egret is having a wonderful time splashing in the water. Contrast of colours and textures in the feathers and shiny water drops make this an excellent example of the theme. Ruth :-)
Wow! That must have been an interesting sight, summicron, and your capture has earned you first place in 'BathTime! (Nature) challenge. Great colours, movement of the spoonbill as well as the 'dancing' waterdrops, and the overall enjoyment of this large bird playing in the bath. Ruth :-)
Another beautiful capture, ozziebadger, and another top finish in these weekly challenges. Soft evening colours, a very serene and peaceful setting at the end of the day. No prizes for guessing where, or why you spend your time after work each day.... Ruth :-)
Congratulations, cgriff, on placing second in this weekly challenge, with your beautiful capture of a tiny ruby-throated hummingbird. The name is very apt, and your picture highlights the attractive colours in its throat and body, while the sun behind the bird brings out the beauty of its wide-spread wings. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, pogobi, on a well-deserved first place in 'My Best Photo of the Week', with this amazingly dramatic, powerful image of a thunderstorm. The deep blues and purples in the picture are highlighted by the crackling white gold of the lightning, and the lights of the city below. Definitely one for your wall. Ruth :-)
Brilliant capture, and it meets the challenge theme superbly!
Try 'Striped Shield Bug (Graphosoma lineatum)' in Wikipedia. Yes, they do look like the Swiss guards at the Vatican, don't they? Ruth :-)
I think that HE is a seed bug; yes, he is a bug, not a beetle, as he has crossed wings that are typical of bugs. These sap-suckers are not very friendly bugs to have in the garden. Ruth :-)