Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Rakwana ornata WW HQ


Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Very interesting insect, and fascinating leaf pattern. Nice shot.

Tabib said...

Hi Amila!

I like the composition with the antenas pointing upward.
What is the name of this species?
Lesser Marsh Grasshopper?

best regards,

The Right Blue said...

I agree with Tabib that this photo is very well composed. I like the leaf as well as the insect.

jams o donnell said...

Another superb photo. I know I am in for a treat when I visit here!

SandyCarlson said...

Almost invisible! What camouflage. Great shot.

Robin said...

What amazing coloring on the leaf - it's almost as if that very leaf was the pattern for modern camouflage wear.

Indrani said...

Rare grasshopper?!
Great capture, Amila!

Preethi said...

simply amazing

Wilderness at the doorstep

Junebug said...

The leaf steals the show.

Modesto Viegas said...

excellent composition, colors, DOF!!!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

I am new her and adding you to me "from other country's" blog list.
I love your blog and photos;)

Sasani said...


gail said...

You open the door to an amazing world. Thank you.

Laura said...

Wow! Great shot!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing as usual. What kind of camera do you use? I am in the market for a new one. Not that I could ever take shots like this....

Sara said...

I'm as impressed with the leaf as I'm with the grasshopper - great shot!

Margerie said...

I was going to say the same thing as Sara. Parasitic artists.....

And thank you for the photography tips on my blog. I hope to put them to good use soon. Of course I wish you would make a house call!

Aren't you putting together an extremely interesting bug photo book? (hint, hint)

Namib Naturalist said...

Hey, I enjoyed your blog. I am a guide in Namibia and keen on nature and birding. Just having a look around at similar blogs and found yours. I enjoyed having a read through and a look at the photos so different from what we know in Namibia. Cheers.

Chrisss said...

Wow, I love this shot....but I think I say this for all your photos :-)

Kathiesbirds said...

I don't know what "Rakwana" means but it is definately ornate!(and so is the leaf!)

Gallicissa said...

Hi Pat,
Thanks a lot! Your Monarch Pupa is beautiful. I was pleased to see that.

Hi Tabib,
I can only give its scientific name and it was identified by Dr. Priyantha Wijesinghe as Rakwana ornata, which is an endemic species of grasshopper found in the lowland wet zone.

Hi Bobbie,
Thanks! I was lucky that it stayed on until I could frame the shot that I was having in my mind. This shot is not cropped and no flash was used.

Hi Jams,
Thanks! This is one of the many highlights recorded in our walk at Sinharaja during a photography tour that I led last month.

Hi Sandy,
Thanks! I am quite pleased with the shot myself!

Hi Robin,
I think the leaves of this rain forest sapling were under a parasitic attack.

I had gone pass this particular sapling several times hoping to find a critter on it to photograph. I got lucky on my last visit and this was it!

Hi Indrani,
Yes it is. Its name is given above. Glad you liked it.

Hi Preethi,
Thanks! I am pleased to hear from you. I will be back to explore your blogs.

Hi Junebug
I like your comment. White is a colour that is rare in the rain forest.

Hi Modesto,
Thanks! It is always good to hear what you have to say.

Hi Adventure girl,
Thanks a lot! I will reciprocate.

Hi Sasani,
Thanks a lot! It was a special capture.

Hi Gail,
Thanks! I am glad you think that way. I bet you too can open new doors when you are moving

Hi Laura,
Thanks! Good to hear from you.
Have a great day!

Hi Bev,
Almost all the bug shots in this blog shared so far have been taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ-18, which is a super duper camera for my line of work. It is weighs 407 g (with battery) and has a nice grip. So, you can operate it even with a single hand – an advantage that is handy to reach out for the bugs that aren’t at your zone and/or likely to get disturbed if you try to approach any further. It is especially good for birders as a carry-on camera. This applies especially to those that are weighed down by tons of equipment.
Although you can photograph birds that are nearby, I normally do not use my Lumix for birds as I use digiscopy for them.

p.s. This week, I went through a rite of passage photographically speaking: I had my first field session of a Canon40D and 100mm Macro lens that I bought. Await results...

Hi Sara,
Thanks! The leaf and the grasshopper both seem to complement each other well.

Hi Margerie,
No worries about the photo tips.
And practice...practice...practice is the biggest advice that I can give.

It would be a very expensive house-call if I visit you there.

How about the other way round – you come over to Sri Lanka and take a guided nature photography tour with me? I will give you one-on-one training on your Lumix. And help you get pictures to fill you blog at least until 2010. And we can play some Scrabble too...!

Hi Vernon,
I am glad you dropped by. I have read that Namibia is a top wilderness hotspot. So, it is good to get to know a person in the same field from there. I will be back to explore your blogs to learn about the ‘scene’ there.

Thanks! I am quite happy the way I was able to frame this shot and capture the moment.

Thanks, Kathie!
One of the areas from where G.M. Henry - the person who described it had got his specimens was from Rakwana and hence the generic name.

Rakwana lies in the South West interior in the 'rain forest districts' of Sri Lanka.

oldcrow61 said...

Absolutely gorgeous picture.

Gallicissa said...

Thanks, OC!

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