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MotoMannequin

Livermore, CA, US
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MotoMannequin Awarded for his extraordinary skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 11th Jan 2006
Mon 27-Aug-12 05:47 AM | edited Mon 27-Aug-12 05:52 AM by MotoMannequin

Decanter, a UK wine mag but with distribution in the USA is using two of my photos in their September California supplement in a story about old vineyards.

This from Pagani Ranch:
http://www.tempered-light.com/images2/_DSC1365.jpg

...and this Syrphid Hoverfly from Old Hill Ranch:
http://www.tempered-light.com/images2/_DSC2360.jpg

The Syrphid Hoverfly is considered a beneficial insect, as it eats the eggs of leafhoppers which carry disease, including the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter which has destroyed entire wine regions in SoCal by spreading Pierce's disease. Old Hill is organically farmed, and they plant cover crops like the field mustard pictured here to attract beneficial insects like the Syrphid. I was quite happy to find one and didn't have my macro lens with me, but shot this with the 70-200 VRII. Inclusion of the old vine bark, the hoverfly, and the mustard brings together the whole story, which I think is why Decanter chose the shot, although I still haven't seen their usage of the image yet.

This should be hitting newsstands about now!

Larry - a Bay Area Nikonian
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