Thank You Mick. Queens and Monarchs are particularly colorful.
Nice detail on the Starling.
Great shot Mick. The head and face (?) are really sharp. Cropping didn't hurt it at all.
Congrats Percy, Well photographed beautiful lizard. Was that in the wild?
Thank You, Ruth. That's a non native plant but the butterfly's like it, and their flowers photograph nicely, I think.
Congratulations Ruth, Nice shot and title.
Thanks Mick, when the cactus flowers start blooming I keep an eye out for this bee. I have been stuck more times while trying to get close to the flower/bees. :0
As more entry's are arriving I can see that this is really going to be a difficult task to vote on so many great shots. I'm for breaking it down into categories as has been said by Wildbegonia.
Congratulations on a well deserved 1st place. I even like the drain pipe. ;)
Very nice Nuthatch capture. Especially at 1/125. They can move quick at a 1/10th of seconds notice.
Are caterpillars considered nymphs, and acceptable to enter?
Congratulations, that's a great capture.
Great Detail, James. Myself, and maybe others might want to know how you setup, and took the shot.
The Mick: What a beauty! Very nice shot!Mick
Thanks Mick, I'm lucky in that the Monarch Migration comes through Texas.
Great capture one of my favorites in the challenge. I doubt the 2 people voting .5 have ever tried or are capable of getting a shot like this one.
Well deserved 1st. Beautiful colors and bokeh.
Nice capture, beautiful colors.
Great capture. Nice focus on those massive "Jaws".
Nice capture your description of the shot is very accurate.I think it's great that you are getting such images with your old Minolta.
RuthC: What a fabulous capture, cmantx! A well-deserved top place in the challenge. It has everything: colour, movement, action, contrast between the bright subject and the dark background, and those wonderful shiny black spots on the red, red wings of the ladybird. This is definitely a "Wish I'd taken that" photo! Ruth :-)
Much appreciated Ruth, using the flash without much ambient light created the background and helped with the detail. Not everyone likes that effect, but I do most of the time.