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© Val Feldman

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Alan L. Borror 6/2/2011 4:16:21 AM

Fantastic macro, Val! The "eye" has it. #1382013

Amy M. Wilson 6/2/2011 4:29:33 AM

Outstanding close-up... love the subject, details, dof; beautiful work, Val!! #9440072

Lisa J. Boulden 6/2/2011 4:41:14 AM

Fantastic, Val!
Great title, too.
~♥~ #9440086

Sabrina Ryan 6/2/2011 4:48:20 AM

So cute, Val! Fabulous capture with great light, details and composition! #9440099

Gina Cormier 6/2/2011 4:50:24 AM

Great capture Val!!! Green on green. Awesome detail as usual and that garden of yours sounds divine!!! #9440102

Monnie Ryan 6/2/2011 5:00:07 AM

He's sure got his eye on you, Val -- few more visits and you'll be great friends! Terrific job! #9440143

Tammy M. Anderson 6/2/2011 5:25:23 AM

Excellent dof, comp. and capture, Val. Love this. #9440209

Danny B. Head 6/2/2011 5:36:39 AM

Outstanding close up capture! #9440244

Terry Cervi 6/2/2011 5:50:04 AM

Morning Ms V! What fantastic dof, detail and color! Plus he's an awfully cute little guy to boot! Super work, Ms V! #9440271

Ron McEwan 6/2/2011 5:56:56 AM

Amazing detail Val so sharp and crisp. Outstanding pose WTG #9440293

Gord MacEachern 6/2/2011 6:03:14 AM

Hi Val, I am sure we will see this cute little guy show up again. You sure nailed this capture, the detail, lighting, and the lovely green tones are fabulous!! #9440308

Julianne Bradford 6/2/2011 6:29:10 AM

I agree with Gord and I hope the judges agree with us Valarie. What a great portrait of this little guy! #9440350

Holly Hitchcock 6/2/2011 9:19:10 AM

I smell a WINNER!!!!!!!!!! FABULOUS! #9440530

Douglas Pignet 6/2/2011 9:19:25 AM

lovely capture with great clarity and colors...nicely done #9440531

Robert R. Goodman 6/2/2011 9:22:46 AM

Hi Valarie,LOL!!My friend.Those China Geese can be mean birds at times.Beautiful macro,excellent detail and color.Down here in the desert waiting on the monsoon to start!!! #9440542

Ann H. Belus 6/2/2011 10:49:09 AM

Totally awesome! Fantastic detail and clarity in this close-up, great DOF, and I love the green on green...fabulous color! Great job, Val! #9440635

Don Christiana 6/2/2011 11:45:03 AM

Great photo Val ... I have chased those little critters all over my yard to get shot. Congrat on a super image and a willing subject. #9440697

Rony Sagy 6/2/2011 11:59:17 AM

What an amazing capture, Val. I miss Zilker Botanical Gardens. #9440721

Agnes Fegan 6/2/2011 1:17:07 PM

Seems like a good place to hang out with your camera! He's a cutie and I love the dof and pretty greens!

You always write the most thoughtful comments Val :) #9440825

Linda D. Lester 6/2/2011 1:23:00 PM

What a fun guy to play with....great greens too! #9440844

Kathy Salerni 6/2/2011 1:54:04 PM

Wonderful capture of this camouflaged green little lizard, Val! Well seen and I think he may pop up again! #9440890

Emile Abbott 6/2/2011 3:34:16 PM

If I lived in Austin I would be there every chance I could as well. Photographic opportunities everywhere. Green on Green not an easy capture but you were right on target with this. Nice work Val Keeping Texas Green. #9441036

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 6/2/2011 3:51:51 PM

Fabulous portrait of this cute little critter, Val! Awesome selective focus and the colors are awesome! :-) k #9441077

Ann Coates 6/2/2011 4:35:25 PM

Wow, incredible shot Val. Love the green on green. #9441106

Courtenay Vanderbilt 6/2/2011 4:51:08 PM

Outstanding SF, Val! Love the details and colors in his eye! #9441132

Heather Loewenhardt 6/2/2011 5:54:40 PM

I love these little guys but they can be a bit skittish. Beautiful perspective and expression. #9441244

Tammy Espino 6/2/2011 9:39:54 PM

Wish our lizards were green like this, he's so cute!! :) A great capture!!! #9441545

Mary Dimitriw 6/3/2011 3:15:06 AM

This is so good Val!! Excellent macro, colours, details...the works! #9441766

Nadia Paul 6/3/2011 4:22:28 PM

Wonderful close-up of this cute little guy who seems to be posing for the camera! Beautiful greens and great detail and DOF my friend - beautiful work as always! #9442879

Carol L. Fowler 6/3/2011 4:25:08 PM

Hey- if you send of few of these guys down my way, I will send you a few breeding pairs of those hoverflies! This one is fantastic- love the eye detail and color #9442884

Phyllis H. Burchett 6/3/2011 6:20:16 PM

Wonderful find and awesome capture Val! #9443034

Ellen Hodges 6/3/2011 6:26:36 PM

Absolutely super beautiful in every way, Val! Wow detail and pose!! #9443062

Joannie Bertucci 6/3/2011 10:16:39 PM

Nothing like being up close and personal with your subjects! :-) Marvelous image Val, with beautiful light green hues, details and composition! #9443285

Julie Burnett 6/5/2011 5:43:58 AM

Gorgeous, Val, you nailed the focus, (who'd of thought?) The colors, lighting and composition are just perfect!! #9444771

Deborah C. Lewinson 6/5/2011 5:37:52 PM

He is a beauty, Val, the head turn, lighting, and DOF make it outstanding!

Debby #9445534

JO ANN CLEVELAND 6/8/2011 8:40:38 AM

Great timing and capture Val!

jo ann c. #9450299

Thomas E. Hinds 6/10/2011 6:01:13 PM

Beautiful image, Val! These guys are so much fun to watch and not always that easy to capture! Nice work! #9454675

Christopher Budny 6/13/2011 7:27:15 AM

This is a wonderful close-up, Val! Love that dark eye in a sea of green! #9458258

Freddy Bland 6/15/2011 9:45:33 AM

What a lil cutie he/she is!! A beautiful capture, my TX friend!! #9462009

Tammy Espino 7/28/2011 7:17:07 PM

Congratulations on your awesome finalist,Val! Good luck next round :)Woot-woot!! #9561219

Thomas E. Hinds 7/28/2011 7:20:16 PM

Wonderful and deserving Finalist, Val! WTG, my friend! #9561260

Deborah C. Lewinson 7/28/2011 7:30:00 PM

Congratulations on your finalist,Val, for this fabulous image!

Debby #9561379

Ellen Hodges 7/28/2011 7:33:18 PM

Huge congrats and very best luck on this fabulous finalist, Val!! #9561416

Robert R. Goodman 7/28/2011 7:44:06 PM

A big congratulations my friend,WTG Valarie!!!! #9561528

Amy M. Wilson 7/28/2011 8:41:35 PM

Sure hope this fantastic Finalist goes gold... big congrats, my friend!!! #9561846

Carol L. Fowler 7/28/2011 8:58:46 PM

Congrats on this wonderful Finalist #9561945

Reynaldo D. Reyes 7/28/2011 10:51:47 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist! #9562251

Freddy Bland 7/29/2011 1:36:28 AM

He is so cute!!! Congratulations on yet another wonderful Finalist!!! #9562485

Ann Coates 7/29/2011 2:33:06 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist Valarie. #9562561

Julie Burnett 7/29/2011 4:49:50 AM

Congratulations again, Ms V, on another fantastic finalist, so well deserved!! #9562961

Heather Loewenhardt 7/29/2011 5:06:46 AM

Congratulations Val on another excellent finalist entry. Good luck. #9563063

Patricia Seidler 7/29/2011 6:20:27 AM

Great finalist Val! #9563507

Patrick Rouzes 7/29/2011 6:36:58 AM

Hey Val, Congratulations & good luck with the amazing finalist! #9563607

Christopher Budny 7/29/2011 6:59:42 AM

Congratulations, Val!! #9563774

Phyllis H. Burchett 7/29/2011 7:24:09 AM

BIG congrats Val!!! #9563991

Linda D. Lester 7/29/2011 8:26:08 AM

I love going to our gardens too! This is awesome! Congratulations!
I have been looking for one of these! #9564357

Don Christiana 7/29/2011 9:18:28 AM

Val, A "HUGE" Congrats on being a Finalist with your great capture. Have a great day. #9564608

Karen Bacon 7/29/2011 9:44:21 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Val! #9564708

Diane E. Deming 7/29/2011 9:58:03 AM

I love the selective focus on this photo, Val. It works so well with your composition.Congratulations on this wonderful finalist! #9564782

Bojan Bencic 7/29/2011 11:16:21 AM

Congratulations on your finalists, Val. #9565093

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 12:00:12 PM

Happy to see him as a Finalist, Val! Congratulations! #9565335

Leslie McLain 7/29/2011 1:10:38 PM

Congrats on your amazing winner, Val. #9565553

Linda D. Lester 7/29/2011 1:17:03 PM

WTG!!! What an awesome first place win!
Congratulations! #9565591

Bojan Bencic 7/29/2011 1:17:19 PM

And on your win, Val. #9565592

Phyllis H. Burchett 7/29/2011 1:18:46 PM

BIG congrats Val on your WIN!!! #9565615

Patti Coblentz 7/29/2011 1:19:50 PM

Yea, Val....big congratulations on this amazing 1st place win!! #9565626

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 1:24:48 PM

I haven't even finished with the Finalists yet! Congratulations on your Win, Val! #9565679

Michelle Alton 7/29/2011 1:29:39 PM

Totally extraordinary moment, Val!
Congratulations on this very well-deserved honor! Bravo! #9565713

Ermanno Radice 7/29/2011 1:35:26 PM

Many congrats on a gorgeous first place win!!!! #9565747

Danny B. Head 7/29/2011 1:44:58 PM

Congrats on a great first place win! #9565816

Ron McEwan 7/29/2011 1:45:11 PM

Big congrats on your Gold Val #9565821

Monnie Ryan 7/29/2011 1:46:44 PM

Wowee - green turned into gold! WTG, Val! #9565833

Usman M. Bajwa 7/29/2011 1:48:45 PM

What a terrific catch and a very well deserved First Place, Val. CONGRATZ!!!

UB. #9565851

Agnes Fegan 7/29/2011 2:03:15 PM

Wowzer...way to go Val! Congratulations!!! #9565966

Tammy M. Anderson 7/29/2011 2:36:49 PM

Congrats Val on your first place winner. WTG! #9566111

Marsha S. Smith 7/29/2011 2:39:13 PM

Congratulations! These little guys are some of my favorite subjects and the judges here seem to appreciate shots of them.
Wonderful image! #9566122

Val Feldman 7/29/2011 2:51:31 PM

Thank you so much everyone...I'm a happy camper tonight! :):) #9566191

Diane E. Deming 7/29/2011 3:09:54 PM

Another well-deserved win, Val. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS! #9566250

Lydia Williams 7/29/2011 3:10:50 PM

Congratulations on your golden win..Well done, Val! #9566253

Anita Hogue 7/29/2011 3:25:22 PM

A big congratulations for a very fabulous image, Val! #9566297

Diane L. Thomas 7/29/2011 3:25:25 PM

Congratulations Val for your 1st place winner. It is an awesome shot. #9566299

Renee Doyle 7/29/2011 3:54:41 PM

Congratulations on this excellent First Place Winner Val!! #9566451

Rona L. Schwarz 7/29/2011 3:56:03 PM

So FANTASTIC, Val! Love the green on green and he is so cute! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this superb FIRST PLACE GOLD WINNER! #9566458

Michele Peterson 7/29/2011 4:09:02 PM

Congratulations!! Love this close up of this little guy!! #9566528

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/29/2011 4:19:21 PM

Fabulous winner! WTG Val! :-) k #9566583

Kay E. Mahoney 7/29/2011 4:24:04 PM

Congratulations on your first place winner, Val. Love all the green. #9566618

Reynaldo D. Reyes 7/29/2011 4:28:39 PM

Congratulations Val on this Winner! #9566655

Nadia Paul 7/29/2011 4:31:39 PM

Congrats on your gorgeous and most deserving winner my friend - WTG!!!! #9566677

Debra R. Harder 7/29/2011 4:54:26 PM

WTG, Val! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING FIRST PLACE WINNER! Deb #9566808

Thomas E. Hinds 7/29/2011 5:11:39 PM

A wonderful Winner, Val! Big congratulations on this first placer! I'm very happy for you! #9566925

Gina Cormier 7/29/2011 5:18:47 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!! So deserving young lady! :-) #9566978

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/29/2011 5:23:15 PM

Congratulations on your FIRST PLACE WINNER Val!

jo ann c. #9567007

Mary Dimitriw 7/29/2011 6:03:27 PM

I told you this was so good in every way Val!! A huge congrats on this amazing First Place Winner!! #9567228

Amy M. Wilson 7/29/2011 6:33:45 PM

WOW... this could not be any more well-deserved!!! So very happy for ya, my friend - huge congratulations on your awesome First Place, Val!! #9567300

R. J. Laudenbacher 7/29/2011 6:49:51 PM

Whoo hooo...WTG Val! A big congratulations to you on this wonderful First Place Winner. #9567350

Sabrina Ryan 7/29/2011 7:22:49 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this Awesome Winning image, Val! #9567480

Ann Coates 7/29/2011 7:43:47 PM

Huge congratulations on your Gold Valarie. #9567571

Julianne Bradford 7/29/2011 7:55:20 PM

Val..I'm so glad to see this little green guy go Gold! Congratulations! #9567614

Kathy Cline 7/29/2011 7:55:48 PM

I can never get this close. You were so lucky Val.
Congratulations on a well deserved award!

Tammy Espino 7/29/2011 8:32:52 PM

Congrats on this win, Val :) YAY #9567679

Rony Sagy 7/29/2011 8:55:03 PM

Huge congratulations on your wonderful well deserved win, Val. #9567732

Kathy Salerni 7/29/2011 10:58:41 PM

I just knew this little guy would pop up again, Val! AWESOME First Place Winner! #9567973

Kerry Hill 7/29/2011 11:02:46 PM

Congratulations on your awesome win Val! #9567979

Alan L. Borror 7/30/2011 2:02:04 AM

Congratulations on a wonderful winner, Val! #9568245

Christopher Budny 7/30/2011 4:51:45 AM

...and congratulations once again for taking home the gold! #9568497

Deborah C. Lewinson 7/30/2011 5:19:55 AM

Hooray, Val, such a well deserved First Play Winner!

Hardy congrats!
Debby #9568562

Julie Burnett 7/30/2011 5:45:32 AM

Congratulations on your First Place Win, Val!! :) :) :) #9568691

Karen Slagle 7/30/2011 5:51:53 AM

Wow Val, what an incredible winning image. Huge congrats and very well deserved. Your composition and details are right on. I want to thank you for having a look and for leaving your very kind comments on mine. #9568722

Melissa Olsen 7/30/2011 6:11:01 AM

I agree with Karen...this is a incredible image. A well deserved congrats coming your way! #9568763

Patrick Rouzes 7/30/2011 7:14:27 AM

Val, Congratulations on your well-deserved Gold Medal Winner! #9568900

Val Feldman 7/30/2011 7:23:49 AM

Thank you all so very much. You people are the best and I don't think there's enough words to thank you all for your encouragement and kind support...course, I could always try and ramble on here in my usual manner for the next 5 minutes... :) :) :) Have a great day and rest of the weekend - and thanks... ~Val #9568936

Robert R. Goodman 7/30/2011 7:47:20 AM

A big congratulations,Valarie.Beautiful capture!!! #9569045

Don Christiana 7/30/2011 7:48:40 AM

Val, Congratulation on your FIRST PLACE win, and thank you for providing the BP Members and myself with a great example of beautiful macro photography. #9569050

Karen Bacon 7/30/2011 9:06:40 AM

A big congratulations on this fantastic winner Val! #9569262

Bunny Snow 7/30/2011 9:09:41 AM

Congratulations on your first place gold medal win!!

Well done selective focusing on this very interesting creation. Your composition, the colors and tonality are just right. And, the anolie's expression is priceless!

Well done! #9569267

Amanda J. Tanner 7/30/2011 4:25:17 PM

Congratulations Val on this wonderful Winner! Nice Work! #9570137

Ellen Hodges 7/30/2011 6:42:01 PM

Very huge congrats on this fabulous and well deserved winner, Val! Yeah!!!! #9570403

Freddy Bland 7/31/2011 1:17:07 AM

Many congratulations, Val!! Super First Place winner!! #9570774

Val Feldman 7/31/2011 4:25:30 AM

Once again, thank you all so much for your kind congrats....and as always, your visits here are much appreciated! Have an enjoyable Sunday! ~Val #9570958

Jeff Robinson 7/31/2011 5:11:25 AM

Congrats Val on this Fantastic 1st Place Win!! #9571030

Dominick M. Dimacale 7/31/2011 12:09:43 PM

Congratulations Val on your Win!!!

Dominick #9571711

ALLEN O. HOWARD 7/31/2011 2:16:23 PM

Big Win!!! Congratulations Val! #9571902

Emile Abbott 7/31/2011 2:50:25 PM

YEH HA WTG Val. Awesome win Congrats. #9571985

Gord MacEachern 7/31/2011 2:53:10 PM

A big congratulations on the beautiful 1st place GOLD Val, very well done. I am not surprised one little bit by this big win, excellent photography my friend!! My wireless internet is still down, using another location for an hour or so. #9571998

Richard B. Hallick 7/31/2011 4:24:41 PM

Congratulations on your first place award. This is a great image. Well done. #9572278

Dayna Cain 8/1/2011 5:15:53 AM

This is an amazing image and well deserving of that awesome 1st place gold! Great job and congratulations! #9573539

Ann H. Belus 8/2/2011 8:35:29 AM

Congratulations on this awesome winning image, Val! #9576799

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 8/2/2011 9:19:12 AM

Congratulations on your very cool and beautiful FIRST PLACE win Val! #9576869

Patricia Seidler 8/3/2011 7:45:46 AM

Congratulations Val on this terrific winner! #9579061

Mary Beth Aiello 8/3/2011 10:08:51 AM

Val -- Huge congrats on this gorgeous Gold. #9579329

Merna L. Nobile 8/5/2011 2:44:36 PM

Imagine it. Feel it. Receive it. Congratulations, your entry was very special and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Merna Nobile


Carmody Baker 8/8/2011 5:00:21 PM

Congratulations Val. Love the focus!!!.....still dreaming of the bluebonnets too!!! :)) #9591194

Nikki McDonald 8/10/2011 4:21:04 PM

Congratulations on the first place win, Val, for this beautifully composed, focused and exposed image. Wonderful work. #9595920

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay 8/25/2011 4:46:40 PM

Congrats Val! Awesome capture! #9629255

Karen Slagle 1/4/2012 1:53:19 PM

Wow Val, I can see why this is a winning image. The depth of field, composition and details are incredible. Belated congrats on this beauty. #9902041

Bill Houghton 1/18/2012 5:56:23 AM

Val, This is an outstanding shot of this beautiful winner. It has great sharpness, DOF and detail. Good capture. Have a great day, Bill #9927049

Laura E. Swan 3/7/2012 9:19:13 AM

Coming to you gallery is always a visual delight, Val! LOOK AT THIS LITTLE GUY LOOKING AT YOU! I bet he even says "Val!" in his own language when he sees you coming! HeeHee! :D

I love your work. I wish I had a HANG OUT that gifted me winner after winner. I love the woods and am the lady of them yet the botanical gardens sound like a great place to be! :)))


Laura :D xo #10027150

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Found this little guy at (where else?) beautiful Zilker Botanical Gardens here in Austin. Seems to be my home away from home anymore...not that I'm complaining! :)

Make it a great day everyone!! (I'm sorely behind in commenting - will catch up with all of you soon!)


Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: -0.33, ExposureTime: 8/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D7000

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