For those of you who like the tiny jumping spiders, I can recommend this YouTube video of an Australian male Peacock Jumping Spider. Oh, the lengths some males go, to to attract the attention of young ladies.... :-)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yYC5r8xMIRuth :-)
Congratulations, Barr1e, on coming fourth in this Jigsaw Puzzle challenge, where there were so many excellent entries. This is a really beautiful picture, so very English-Countryside. It must have been quite breath-taking to view so many bluebells carpetting the ground beneath the soft green leaves of the trees. This is a more traditional Jigsaw Puzzle picture, yet it meets the botanical theme very well, and you have captured the moment superbly. Ruth :-)
Now this is what I'd call a wonderfully devious jigsaw puzzle, karamanda13, and one which would drive me nuts! Stunning blue hyacinths with just a few green leaves to soften the overall effect of the intensity of the whole picture. You have achieved excellent sharpness in every flower, on every flower head. A well deserved third place in this challenge. Ruth :-)
Just one bumblebee gives this excellent picture a focal spot, chirptees, and gives you a well deserved second place in this Botanical Jigsaw Puzzle challenge. This is a really beautiful picture of lavender-blue salvias. I really like the variations in the blues, from very light to very dark, and the tall purple stalks adding another colour dimension. A great capture. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, ysal, on your well-deserved win in this Botanical Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge. This entry has been leading the entries most of the week, and rightly so. It would make a devilish jigsaw puzzle, with its repeating candy pink and green-striped buds, all the same colour, and all at the same readiness to open. These tall aloe flower spikes are a photographer's delight, and you have excelled here. Ruth :-)
These NOT the flowers, but the fruit (or prickly pears) of the cactus flowers several weeks after the flowers have died.
Wildbegonia: Very nice Ruth. Sad to see it did not scored higher
Thanks, Wildbegonia, I think it placed just about where it should. There were some beautiful entries in the top places. Ruth :-)
This is NOT a flower, but the fruit of the cactus flower several weeks after the flower has gone.
Moon0326: What is mean exactly by "this week" in this sentence? "Did you capture a wonderful photo this week,"
Is this based on the announced or submission date?
The announced date. This weekly challenge is without a theme or topic, or requiring a particular camera, etc. It offers members the opportunity to showcase the photos they have taken any time during the week after the announced date, or until the challenge is full. We have to start somewhere, so the 'announced date' is the starting point. Ruth
This is a really interesting and beautiful capture, and I'd love to know how this has occurred. Ruth
Hi swamynirmal, are you accepting waterlilies in ponds or just lotuses? I think many people don't know the difference between the two flowers. Ruth
Congratulations, bryand7k, on placing third in this weekly challenge. (The three top place-getters were interchangeable throughout the week.) This is a beautiful capture of this small owl, with its beautiful plumage and so many speckles and stripes in its camouflaging feathers; no wonder it is very difficult to see them hidden amongst the trees. A great picture. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, cmantx on placing second in the weekly challenge with this beautiful capture of a little hummingbird. This picture has it all: the frozen action of the wings beating at around 100 beats per second, the details in the lovely bright plumage, and the red flowers which balance the picture perfectly. You are certainly the Master of hummingbird photography in these challenges. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, Leonostro and Jager for your wonderful capture of him displaying such a joy for life. This picture has given me pleasure each time I've looked at it during the week, and it really deserves to win first place in this challenge. Yes, the background and surrounds are busy, and slightly burnt out, but this isn't the type of shot you can pose your subject. There is so much energy and enthusiasm here, right up to the tops of his expressive ears! Fabulous! Ruth :-)
Bhimaprasad Maiti: I want to know voting rules & regulations in D P R .Challenge.When rankings are published -who calculates & on what basis.Who in DPR, RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH DECISIONS.
Zen, in eye-catching rich vivid colours? Maybe that's a leftover reference to a recent challenge?
Having a capture date for this rather specialised subject will either severely limit the number of entries, or encourage some entrants to cheat by changing the dates they took their photos. Even your sample photo was taken back in September 2014. Just my opinion. Ruth
Congratulations, TX Photo Doc, on coming second in this challenge. Twenty-five members voted for your shot, and how many votes did you give to anyone else, in this or any other challenge, ever? Since you first became a DPR member, you've entered 1,596 challenges, and voted zero times!! None, nil, zip, 0...Is it because you are too busy now you've retired? The success of the challenges requires participation by members to enter photos as well as to vote. Shame on you for continually expecting everyone else to do their part while you sit back and do nothing! Ruth
This is a beautiful capture of a well-named Silver Dust leaf, and it deserves to be in the top places in this challenge. I really like the simplicity of your picture: one single leaf, against the muted silver-grey background of the plant. However, the leaf has such an interesting and beautiful shape, with the softest textural hairs on its surface. This translates on my screen so that I can 'feel' the velvety softness, which is often quite difficult to achieve. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, scooper1, on coming first in this ‘Blue, Grey or Silver Leaves’ challenge, with your attractive, busy landscape of Echeveria plants. These succulents really are many shades of blue, and meet the challenge theme perfectly. Your capture shows interesting details of the plants, with the blushes of pink highlighting the many tones of blue. I like the way the echeverias cluster together in big happy families. Ruth :-)