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Rude Awakening ... I lost my hammer!

Rude Awakening ... I lost my hammer!
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Insects, Bushveld
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): !Bugfest [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-16 2:01
Viewed: 6016
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka "You work hard and then this..."

This creature is a CARPENTER ANT < I will reveal what I know about them later ... ;) > Detail: species: Vicinus ; black head, rusty red thorax (mid section) and black abdomen (tail section.) Multiple queens in parent nest.

I learned a long time ago that the best time to split logs is in the winter, when logs are frozen solid. One feels like a diamond worker who works with the "grain"...

This winter a buddy came over with a chainsaw and helped me by cutting the fatter logs. I stacked them, waiting for a good time to split the biggest ones < anything over one foot in diameter > I split a fair number of these logs and put them away after noticing that there seemed to be vains of ice in he logs.

So imagine my surprise when I turned some over after Spring < temporarily > arrived... I noticed that the ice vains were gone and that some carpenter ants were crawling out of the areas where the ice had been...
One such "vain" is the dark trench in the upper part.

PS "Rude Awakening" also refers to recent events such as the Weatherbomb, that came thru over Easter; and the removal of my photo showing its effects as well as one of the above mentioned logs. In fact the one in this photo... Enjoy, while you can...

PS I had meant to post this "sharpened ant".... It is herenow , with ID.

deblink, saeedabbasi, loot, Silvio2006, mlines, SkyF, pablominto, saguzar, marhowie has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mlines: the wood has a good grain...Shoot_Score 1 04-18 12:46
To ellis49: and it looks huge,Shoot_Score 1 04-18 10:51
To SkyF: looks huge from ...Shoot_Score 1 04-18 09:50
To SkyF: looks huge from ...Shoot_Score 1 04-18 09:48
To wuta: heeft de meneer in de kano het overleefd , ...Shoot_Score 1 04-17 19:11
To loot: (Chuckle, in reference to your intro photo.)Shoot_Score 2 04-17 03:13
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Wow, excellent image of this ant Jay. Its shadow looks great too.

Hi dear Jay ,
nice shot with great focus and shadow.
well composed ane excellent light.
thanks for sharing

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-17 0:01]
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Hi upside-down Jaapkop
(Chuckle, in reference to your intro photo.)

This is a rather fascinating shot of this carpenter ant with its black/red/black colour scheme. The backlight resulted in an interesting profiled cast in the shadow of the ant.

The composition is fine while the notes link up well to explain the dark "trench" from whence the ant appeared. (Do I see a couple of ant eyes lurking in the dark?) I believe the notes also motivate (in part) the rather unfortunate and probably unnecessary removal of the "Weatherbomb" posting. Due to the slight coloured log, appropriately serving as BG, the ant stands out very well. The colours and the details are well defined and the exposure was well handled.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Jay, splendid macro of this great ant, wonderful light and colors, amazing details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-04-17 15:06]
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|Hallo Jay , Great macro shot , what a beast beauty colours details nice compositie , nice the shadow , very good , De foto via de amail , was een practige foto heel leuk genomen die haai in de achtervolging ,heeft de meneer in de kano het overleefd , hi hi , je zal zo'n achtervolger hebben , hij was heel leuk tfs ,Groeten Teunie .

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-17 22:21]

Hello Jay

A really good close up of this carpenter ant.Very good detail and colour saturation.The wee shadow is wonderful.Nicely done.TFS


Hi Jay. Very fine macro, showing a lot of details. Apart from the ant itself the wood has a good grain which shows up very well too. TFS. Murray.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-18 8:26]
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Hi Jay,
very nice shot of the ant, looks huge from this POV and the shadow increases this even more. Colors and details are very nice. Very well composed, great story telling and the pictures suits your tale very well.

Hi Jay,
this is very close and it looks huge, almost like a white shark;-)
You captured the ant with fine details and with a nice compo.
The shadow makes it more interesting almost a bit scary.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-04-19 2:12]

Hello Jay,
Very nice shot of this ant.It's very close and well detailed.POV,framing and shadow on the wood is wonderful.

Hello Jay,
Good ant capture, and enhanced by the fine shadow!
It is a fine close-up, and unless this guy is bigger than usual, much bigger, your equipment works well...
A well composed and educational image!
Pablo -

Hello Jay,
Impressive macro, the ant is seen with great size and detail here. I like also texture and ant shadow.

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