RuthC

RuthC

Lives in Australia Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Works as a Retired
Joined on May 18, 2009

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On challenge My Best Photo of the Week (2 comments in total)
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Midwest: I mean this in the nicest way... I would never enter one of these "best photo of the week" challenges. Suppose there are 50 entries, all of them excellent in their own way. Someone is going to finish dead last with an image that might easily win a themed challenge, but because it's not pretty or something it gets ranked as though it's junk.

But I know some people accept that and are willing to enter, and people get to vote on a bunch of good photos, so to each their own. I just feel a little bad for the one whose excellent image ranks as 'the worst'.

Hi Midwest, 'My Best Photo of the Week' is just that. It gives folks the opportunity to showcase what they've captured during that week. Their entries are not (usually) the best and finest works they have ever taken, and the voters will accept that reality.
Experience shows me that landscapes tend to do better in the voting than still-life photos, birds do better than insects, dogs fare better than cats, etc etc.
Given all that, I've seen in the 130+ 'My Best of the Week' challenges I've hosted, that the best quality pictures come in the top ten or fifteen, and the most awful "why didn't he throw this away?'' shots come at or near the bottom. I think that by and large, the voters get it right. I may not always agree with them, since I too have my preferred favourites, but fortunately for everyone, I don't get to vote.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 01:42 UTC
On photo Passion flower. in the A Single Flower challenge (5 comments in total)

Congratulations, Henry Lozykowski, on gaining a top place in this challenge where there so many excellent entries.
Passionflowers would have to be one of the weirdest flowers in the botanical kingdom, IMO, and you have succeeded in showing us its strange and unique structures, with its interesting details, textures, colours, against the darker green of the leafy vine. (Of course, the best part of the passionflower is enjoyed later, in the delicious fruit, which we can see is already forming just below the three 'antennae'.)
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 00:13 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo A Geum Flower in the A Single Flower challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations, ysal, on placing second in 'A Single Flower' challenge, with your delightful picture of a geum. This is a petite, undemanding perennial flower in the garden where it adds colour, but seldom receives the "Look at me" attention demanded by other taller flowers. Your picture is beautifully detailed, with bright colours and texture.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 00:10 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Water Lily in the A Single Flower challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations, EXX, on your well-deserved win in 'A Single Flower' challenge, with your beautiful image of a waterlily. You've captured the serenity and grace in this most ancient flower, which has been loved and revered by many nations world-wide. A very evocative picture.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 00:09 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Wood for Winter! in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

I really liked your interesting and intriguing picture of wood stacks, vladan04. I have never seen wood stacks like this, so Googled them, and learned that this is an amazing craft, world-wide.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:36 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

What a beautiful capture of this small hummingbird, Barbara C Richardson, and it has earned you a well-deserved top place in this week's challenge. The alert little bird has just one thing on its mind: the Ipomoea flower, (also known as a hummingbird vine flower, with good reason.) Your colours are bright and cheerful, with the soft green surrounds contrasting well with that oh-so-bright red flower.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:32 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Rannoch Moor II in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Congratulations, Arailt, on second place in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge, with your moody image of Rannoch Moor, in Scotland. The water in the loch reflects the chilliness in the dark sky, and the peat in the grounds adds to the dark colours we see here. A very popular image with the voters.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:31 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Divinity in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)

Congratulations, bprice21, on coming first in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge, with your excellent picture of our vast and magnificent Milky Way. The surrounding landscape is very dark, and contrasts well with the sky and the clear lake below.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:30 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Mossy trees in winter in the Lichens & Mosses challenge (2 comments in total)

This is a beautiful image of mossy trees, Kreber, and it deserves a top place in this challenge. As I viewed it, it reminded me of photographs taken many years ago by Eliot Porter, in his illustrated book of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Google them for some fascinating information and stunning images. You have captured that essence of quiet waiting until spring arrives.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 01:48 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo red tipped lichen in the Lichens & Mosses challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations, buzzsolo, on your well-deserved second place in the 'Lichens & Mosses' challenge, with your delightful and aptly-named British Soldier lichens. The picture is clear, bright with interesting details. A real beauty in every sense of the word.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 01:47 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Moss on Tree-1 in the Lichens & Mosses challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations, stickpointed, on your win in this 'Lichens & Mosses' challenge, with your very eerie, atmospheric image of a moss-laden tree, deep in a hidden forest.... I'll bet young children never go there after dark! A great capture.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 01:47 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On challenge A Single Flower (7 comments in total)
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pixelus: There had been already 76 entries (I mean left entries, I do not know about disqualified entries) when Mrs. Ruth C. changed the rules of her challenge, pulling out from her hat a very personnal single flower definition : "if the flower can live and grow, attract bees, independent of those nearby, then it is a single flower" !
Obviously, Mrs Ruth C. is neither a scientist nor a lexicograph. Maybe a apprentice beekeeper ?
Anyway … Can you tell us, Mrs. C. how many entries you disqualified ?

You were obviously annoyed that your entry with two (2) daisies was disqualified. The theme of this challenge sought pictures of A SINGLE FLOWER.
I need to simplify the challenge themes so that people all over the world understand them, and the themes can be translated for those who don't read or comprehend English.
This is NOT a specialised competition for botanists, who understand the amazing intricacies of flowers, but for ordinary folks who like to take photographs of flowers.
They look at a daisy, and see a daisy, not a 'single inflorescence of many flowers (from the Asteraceae family).'
If that is what you truly believe, then why did you enter your two 'single daisies with multiple inflorescences'?
Fortunately most entrants understood my words and their meanings, and entered beautiful single flowers for all of us to enjoy.
I won't be disqualifying the 23 entries you have complained about so far. I'll let the voters decide on what looks like a flower, and what doesn't.
RuthC

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 13:11 UTC
On photo Resting briefly... in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

My personal congratulations, maybrit, on your achieving a top place in this week's challenge, with this excellent capture of a resting dragonfly. The wings sparkle in the afternoon sunlight, while the rest of its body is tack sharp, and very detailed. Colours are beautiful throughout, with the lovely soft bokeh background enhancing your subject to perfection.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 00:12 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Shark Fin Cove in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations, Buzz Lightyear, on your inspiring image of the Milky Way, above the well-named Shark Fin Cove in California. With your skillful camera techniques, you've been able to produce this beautiful picture of the sky above, in amazing, colourful detail, and the rocky headlands below.
A real beauty, and a well-deserved second place in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 00:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Sunset Burst in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

A really beautiful image of your favourite rocks at Kirra Beach, ozziebadger, and it has earned you another well-deserved win in this 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. The dark craggy rock contrasts well with the gorgeous colours in the sky and wet sand.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 00:10 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On GalleryItem:3511520 (1 comment in total)

I believe this is Sainfoin, or Onobrychis, in the legume family.
RuthC :-)

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 04:43 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge A Single Flower (7 comments in total)

Folks, I'm sorry that I've had to disqualify a number of entries which had multiple flowers in the picture.
There has been some confusion in this challenge as to what are single flowers or multiple flowers. My simple definition would be, if the flower can live and grow, attract bees, independent of those nearby, then it is a single flower. Dandelions, for example, need the support and structure of the rest of the flower to thrive.
Multiple flowers on single stems, such as orchids, gladioli, hyacinths, Queen Anne's Lace, can live independent of their neighbours.
I tried to make the challenge simple for everyone with the title, 'A Single Flower'.
After some thought on the subject, I am planning to have a challenge 'One Stem, Multiple Flowers' or a similar title. This will give all those entries I DQ'd a chance to be displayed.
I found an interesting website which will probably confuse you further. :-)
https://www.cs.rochester.edu/~nelson/wildflowers/glossaries/flowers/index.html
RuthC.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 07:21 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo A single flower in the A Single Flower challenge (1 comment in total)

Is anyone able to identify this interesting flower? The entrant doesn't know, and neither do I.
RuthC

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 06:00 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 22-spot ladybird in the Interesting Insects challenge (2 comments in total)

I didn't count the spots, gordzam, but I accept your identification of this delightful ladybird, which has given you a well-deserved third place in this 'Interesting Insects' challenge. This is a great capture of the little beetle, showing us its spread of its elytra, or hard forewings, which protect the soft underwings. I really like the action in the whole colourful picture.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 00:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo hoverfly in the Interesting Insects challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations, Deadfisheye, on placing second in the 'Interesting Insects' challenge with your capture of a hoverfly in flight. These little fellows can be quite difficult to photograph while flying, since they change direction just when you think you've got them in the frame. Colours are clear and bright, and there is a sense of determination about the subject as it heads towards a nectar lunch.
RuthC :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 00:19 UTC as 2nd comment
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