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The Happiest Cicada! After possibly 17 years underground (as a GRUB) he is clearly enjoying his day in the sunshine! Perhaps he has just wooed the love of his life?
Congratulations to all the October Winners! Pretty Near ALL the Finalists deserved higher honors, IMHO.

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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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    Super catch. Great for TKW Day!

12/1/2012 3:59:47 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Great find and entry for today Michelle!

12/1/2012 4:05:21 AM

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What The Heck?~?~?~?

This is the craziest T~K~W image ever!!

Awesome Mickey!!

Have a wonderful day!!

12/1/2012 4:34:16 AM

Jack Gaskin
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Who's holding the little fellow ??


12/1/2012 5:12:01 AM

frank w. degenhardt
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I would rather have a butterfly or even a lady buy on my finger but I guess we have to be fair about it. It may not be the prettiest but you did get some amazing close up details. Your work ( not it) is beautiful my friend.

12/1/2012 6:13:22 AM

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Pretty amazing capture, Michelle! Whoever is holding that thing must have nerves of steel!

12/1/2012 6:46:18 AM

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What a capture, Michelle! LOL

12/1/2012 7:09:39 AM

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Beautiful macro! Cool find!

12/1/2012 8:26:21 AM

David Phalen
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An amazing Macro!!

Happy T~K~W Day!!

12/1/2012 9:58:02 AM

John Connolly
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A remarkable image Michelle! Happy TKW Day!

12/1/2012 12:17:56 PM

Ann Coates
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Wow, the detail you captured here is phenomenal Michelle.

12/1/2012 3:06:25 PM

Terry Cervi
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What a great shot of this handsome guy, Michelle!

12/1/2012 10:36:47 PM

Avril Young
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wow, awesome detailed capture...wonderful macro Michelle..

The Old Squinty Bridge in Glasgow was opened in the next time you go there you will see it...

12/2/2012 12:01:14 AM

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Now that's a macro! Super detail and capture Michelle!

12/2/2012 1:20:18 AM

Laura E. Swan
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Yikes. I think it is staring at you. RUN! (Maybe he thinks you are the love of his life perching him on your finger with such kindness?) <--- I'd still RUN! Lol...

What a cool macro, Michelle. And what an ugly bug. So ugly it's neat!

You are brave. It could have bitten you!!

Love it!
-Laura :D

12/2/2012 10:40:32 AM

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Have not see one this close up, Michelle! Incredible macro, my friend!
Not every day you get this opportunity.................

12/2/2012 1:48:08 PM

Carol L. Fowler
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Wow- I never looked one in the eye before!

12/2/2012 6:57:29 PM

Lana Arcemont
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Awesome Macro!

12/3/2012 6:51:28 PM

Carolyn McIntosh
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Kinda what Frank said!!! Great photo detail . .. ewwwwww on the subject matter.

12/4/2012 12:07:08 PM

Michelle Alton
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Being a lifelong bug enthusiast, I have to share with everyone who will listen..Cicadas are BEAUTIFUL up close. They truly are! And they don't harm anyone or any THING as far as I know. It's not my hand holding him though. I was in Trenton, NJ with Bill...HE found the cicada in a bush...apparently dying. The poor bug probably had his last smile posing for me cradled in Bill's hand. Can you see his smile?

12/4/2012 12:14:56 PM

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I love these guys, their chirping is something I look forward to in the summer. Terrific close up Michelle

12/4/2012 2:22:48 PM

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Awesome capture!!!

12/4/2012 3:14:25 PM

Laura E. Swan
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Okay, now I feel badly for what I said up there. I am not a bug gal and usually panic and run. I will now stop, look at him again really well and try to appreciate this very loved little bug.

First, If you love him, I love him. :D I trust your judgement.

He is a nice color of green. Pretty wings, like a fairy. He has wonderfully big black shiny eyes...and I am sure you made him feel safe in his final hours. May he R.I.P.. :)

Thank you for the education, Michelle. Fear stems from not understanding sometimes. I like him even more knowing he wont bite or sting.

-Laura :)

12/4/2012 4:20:51 PM

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I am not much for bugs but you got great details and color on this fella.

12/5/2012 8:53:41 AM

Eva Pastor
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Once again ... I have an image that could be the next chapter in a story about this little guy. Maybe we should get together and write some stories with our images!
(I still don't understand TKW day!)

12/5/2012 9:38:12 AM

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We get a lot of these fellas in my neck of the woods - in fact we call them "ugly bugs"! But I've never tried to shoot one up this close - great details and clarity!

12/5/2012 11:00:49 PM

Carolyn McIntosh
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Thanks for your further explanation of this poor little thing.

12/7/2012 2:13:58 PM

Linda A. Braddock
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Great Capture, Michelle!

12/13/2012 10:07:30 AM

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:) Awesome Capture, Michelle!

12/16/2012 4:53:51 PM

Derek D. Dafoe
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One of my favorite bugs! One of the coolest too!

12/19/2012 2:48:36 PM

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