E.J.Wilkins

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Cricket

I don't know what sort of Cricket this is. It was tiny, the body just a little more than half an inch long. We found it by following the noise it was making.

It's seen here resting on a grass stem, the picture is turned through 90 degrees, with the ground on  the left where you can see some heather buds.

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The image was a lot brighter before being uploaded, I'm not altogether sure what's happened. Even so, I hope Nev will see this, I've been promising to upload something sport-related

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Cricket

I don't know what sort of Cricket this is. It was tiny, the body just a little more than half an inch long. We found it by following the noise it was making.

It's seen here resting on a grass stem, the picture is turned through 90 degrees, with the ground on  the left where you can see some heather buds.

.....

The image was a lot brighter before being uploaded, I'm not altogether sure what's happened. Even so, I hope Nev will see this, I've been promising to upload something sport-related

.....
If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (29)

didnt think anyone could make a cricket interesting. Well u did. Clap 4 ur self. Cherrio
EJWilkins: Aww, thanks smile
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 23 Apr 2007, 03:42
Cool capture Ellie

Suby
EJWilkins: Thank you Suby. smile Are you a bit happier with pictures of creepy crawlies now?
Crisp with a nice diagonal. Well done as always! The cricket looks tired, tough. It must be the end of the chirping season.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Apr 2007, 03:49
He's a "silly mid-on fielder" for sure...and plays internationally for either South Africa or Australia. I cannot imagine why he would be in your garden. [grin]
Hi Ellie,
What a cute little cricket (and I'm not an insect lover). I love this picture! What kind of lens did you use?

Phoenix has loads of crickets, and deadly bark scorpions who like to eat them. The tell-tale sign that you have a scorpion in your home, is when you hear the sound of a cricket indoors.

Fortunately for me, when I lived in Arizona, I never saw a scorpion wink and I hope the trend continues.
EJWilkins: I took this with the Dimage Z5, which has a little zoom lens that works quite well.
I'm rather pleased we don't have anything (apart from the adder) that's deadly or poisonous in this country, not sure if I'd like to live somewhere that does. Handy to have the early warning sytem though smile
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 23 Apr 2007, 07:47
Great colour and DOF. Look at these looong antennas. Great one!
I am an insect picture person and love this one! Great color and really neat little bug! I have only seen black and beige crickets here.
  • Max Black
  • off to the barbers
  • 23 Apr 2007, 08:35
Excellent focus and capture, I'm impressed as I've just had a scan of your metadata. Looks like your leaving 6th form....kids got me some crickets in chocolate once......hmmmmmm crickets.
EJWilkins: Metadata? What's that then? Sounds remarkably complicated .. are you sure I've got one?
Sixth form without taking exams, sounds like bliss! Thanks wink
You didn't eat them, not really .. real ones? You carnivore you!
Great capture Ellie
Really like the colors in this shot
You for a moment imagine to have been able to capture the jump? He had been brilliant! Bravo Ellie! smile
  • Kedar
  • India
  • 23 Apr 2007, 10:04
Nice macro shot, Ellie. I just wish the background had been different, so that the cricket could have stood out. But you can't have control over such things!

And it's an apt sports image, what with the world cup going on smile
EJWilkins: I think the little creature has evolved to stay hidden, otherwise it'd get eaten by birds. I agree it would have been good to see it against something that let the insect stand out a bit better. smile
nice macro ellie!
A real symphony of colour. Beautiful image. So graceful. Love that diagonal line and I wish it was mine!!
good amcro, nice pano crop...
So cute !! A very good macro Ellie... you seem to enjoy taking macros !! smile
  • chris p
  • "Cry 'God for Harry, England and Saint George!'"
  • 23 Apr 2007, 12:33
Sport related grin grin grin well done Ellie, I chased a grasshopper into the undergrowth yesterday wink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Apr 2007, 12:35
When I saw the cricket title, I thought "A picture from Barbados". But no such luck. This must be the wicket keeper, noisy character.

Great picture - maybe counts for a macro? I was wondering about the 90 degrees. What would it look like if you turn it back and thejust flip it so that the cricket sits on the right hand side? Just some thinking aloud.
EJWilkins: There's a thought Louis, good idea. I rotated the picture to save having to scroll down the page to see it ... wouldn't ever have thought about flipping it .. good idea smile
Barbados! I wish, never been there and probably won't, but I can dream smile
I like the crop Ellie, I don't like crickets though. Tooo noisy!
EJWilkins: This is a quiet little cricket, makes a very short sound that's hard to track down, not like the big European ones that you can hear over the sound of traffic. smile
nice shot, your frame works.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 23 Apr 2007, 14:41
Would you look at those long antennae in the front! Man! That's fabulous, Ellie.
I'm impressed! With the photo, and with the fact that you could find a cricket by following its noise. I've never been able to do it, and not for lack of trying.
EJWilkins: Ah, well, you see ... it was our daughter who found it in an area of heather. She'd been determined to track it down, and when I reached her I could hardly see the thing, it was so well camouflaged and then kept moving round to the other side of the grass stem!
  • paul
  • 23 Apr 2007, 19:29
you did well to find him - nice shot
EJWilkins: Admission time Paul, it was our daughter who found the insect. Her eyesight is significantly better than mine!
What an amazing shot! I like it a lot.
nice macro shot ellie. beautiful and soft.
  • Steve
  • 23 Apr 2007, 23:10
Nice capture. Shame that some of the brightness was lost on upload though. I did have a chuckle about the sport gag smile
That's the only sport-related picture I can bear! wink Very nice, I like the idea of rotating the picture to achieve better presentation. Good job Ellie!
lovely colours in the background that compliment the Cricket, nice composistion and i also like how the antenae reach out into the far side of the frame. excellent Ellie
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 24 Apr 2007, 22:30
sorry i missed the test match ellie but probably a much more memorable capture than the ones in the west indies for the british. really lovely shot
EJWilkins: Match? Don't tell me there was a match as well! I know absolutely nothing whatsoever about cricket ... the game! These little green ones are much more interesting! wink
Thanks Neal.
I wanted to see something beautiful and it's done - Thanks smile

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