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The Goldenrod Buffet by MuseSusan The Goldenrod Buffet by MuseSusan
Woohoo! My 100th deviation (and one scrap)! I've been stalling on putting this one together for a number of reasons, but when I realized I was so close to 100 pieces of art here, I figured I'd better make it happen!

A bit of background: Over the month of September, this glorious yellow goldenrod bloomed all over the semi-wild part of my school's gardens, and I spent a number of wonderful afternoons there with my camera, capturing the huge variety of insects (and other wildlife) that came to feast there. Many of these insects specialize in this one plant and only emerge in their adult forms during this one month. What I've shown here is pretty representative.

Clockwise from the top left, we have: locust borer (a type of longhorn beetle), some kind of wasp, an unknown moth, Pennsylvania leatherback (another longhorn beetle), honeybee, a different kind of wasp, another locust borer, milkweed bug, spur-throated grasshopper, and bumblebee. In the center, of course, is a monarch butterfly, definitely the most spectacular of the visitors to the Goldenrod Buffet.

I struggled with the composition of this thing for quite some time, finally deciding on ten small pictures to surround the butterfly. I was a little reluctant to use the locust borer twice (although I had so much trouble choosing just one of them that I'm kind of glad it worked out this way), but I just didn't have decent pictures of anybody else. (A lot of these bugs were moving FAST--they didn't care about my presence at all, but they just had to get to that next bit of pollen!) Also note that with the possible exception of the wasps and the milkweed bug, everybody here is a herbivore. I had hoped to get some of the predators as well, but the big wolf spider I saw didn't want to leave its shady spot on the underside of the plant and be photographed, and the ruby meadowhawk dragonflies never landed on the goldenrod.

Anyway, I'm extremely pleased with how this came out--I like doing these sorts of collages, but they take a lot more forethought than simply getting a photo ready to post, and so I don't do them nearly as often as I'd like. The last time was Violet Violets, almost two years ago.

Sorry for the big image, but I wanted to make sure the details in the little squares could be seen.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today. --> [link]
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Thanks! That's a great feature collection you have!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the features. :aww:
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leocbrito Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
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leocbrito Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
featured :)
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
What a wonderful collage. :)
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AmethystUnderwood Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
This is beautiful and very creepy hehe.. there is nothing I hate more than Yellow Jacket Wasps.... eeeew.... but very pretty =)
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Heh, these wasps were so overwhelmed with food that they didn't even notice me, and I like it that way!

Thanks!
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
This has been featured here [link]
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
:D Thanks for including it!
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
You are most welcome.
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kkart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
I love this, I am speechless, literally!
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
:-) Thanks! I'm pretty proud of it. Wish I had the time, expertise, and equipment to take those beautiful landscapes you do, though!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Photographer
well thanks! Well I think your shots are wonderful, you have some wonderful work, believe me!
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Thanks!
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d-fly Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
This is just beautiful! :+favlove: I love all of your insect pictures, you've got the patience and determination to get just the right shot. Looking through your gallery makes me long for spring. :flowerpot: As for your knitting- it's spectacular! I especially love the water bottle holder. What a great idea! My sister works with fabrics, I think I'll suggest that to her. She felted me a bag from an old wool sweater that she got for 50cents at a thrift store. :XD: I use it everyday.
:blahblah: Well, I think I've rambled quite enough.
Keep up the good work!
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
:D Thanks! I love the idea of getting an old sweater cheap and making it into something new!
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d-fly Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Yes! My sister loves to recycle things. :XD:
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
This has been featured in my latest journal [link]
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
:-) Thanks! I really appreciate that.
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Cillana Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing! Love the concept! :D
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Thanks! :D
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femketje Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
amazing work!
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
:-) Thank you!
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
This would have to be the most magnificent collage I have seen :#1:
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
:D Thank you!
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Insect-Lovers-Club Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Featured in the club's journal! :)
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
:-) Thanks so much!
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ernieleo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Wonderful idea.........very nicely done :clap::clap::clap:
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
:D Thanks!
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:+fav: Looking good :wave:
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
:-) Thank you!
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WaitingForTheWorms Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
:w00t: Woohoo! is just right. :wow: Splendid. Love the idea and it looks marvelous together. :+favlove:

:hug:
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
:D Thanks! I had quite a bit of fun with it.
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Jajka24 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Wow, great collection! :clap:
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Thank you! :D
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Makargina Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008   Photographer
that's nice
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
:D Thanks!
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UffdaGreg Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Fantastic work. Love, love, love the layout!!!
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
:-) Glad to know my struggling with the silly thing paid off!
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nele102 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Very well done!

Greetings
Nele
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
:D Thank you!
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CourtisaneClarimonde Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Beautiful photos and great composition.
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:iconmusesusan:
MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
:-) Thanks! I had a lot of fun with this.
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a specatular set of pics, and a great idea as well
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
:D Thanks!
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em12870 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
ooooo - very nice - making 100 quite special
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
:D Thanks! I'm really hoping to keep up posting this often, but after all the work I put into this one I need a rest!
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minami63 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008   General Artist
Ooo, a gorgeous collection! Beautifully put together!
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
:-) Thanks! I'm hoping to bring a little more love to some of the unloved bugs out there!
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