Common Five Ring (矍眼蝶)

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Wings with 7 Ocelli (Eyespots)
Family: Nymphalidae (蛺蝶)
Subfamily: Satyrinae (眼蝶科)
Genus: Ypthima (矍眼蝶)
Scientific Name: Ypthima baldus (矍眼蝶)
Rarity: Common


The numbering system seems not to be logical anymore when it comes to the eyespot-count of the Ypthima family.

The Ypthima family are usually named after the number of spots on the wings. However, the large spot on the front wing isn't counted, and the two small spots on the hind wing are counted as one. Therefore, it is known as the Common Five Ring but not the Common Seven Ring.

Common Jester (散紋盛蛺蝶)

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Location: Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve (大埔鳳園)

Blue Dasher (藍額疏脈蜻)

The Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) is a dragonfly of the skimmer family.

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A Dragonfly in Blue (藍色蜻蜓)
Location: Kam Shan Country Park (金山郊野公園)



A Male Blue Dasher (藍額疏脈蜻)
Location: Tsim Shan (尖山)


The mature males of Blue Dasher do develop a bluish-white pruinescence on the back of the abdomen.

data source: wikipedia

Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve (大埔鳳園)

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Blue Tiger (青班蝶)

Situated only 2 kilometers away from the town centre of Tai Po, Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve (鳳園蝴蝶保育區) is a famous location for butterflies-watching in Hong Kong.

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map source: http://www.fungyuen.org/visit_howto.shtml

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Bus Routes from MTR Tai Po Market Station (大埔墟站) to Fung Yuen Road Bus-stop include
275, 275S 74K, 73, 75K


Since 1980, it has been listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) to reflect its importance as a major breeding site for butterflies.

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The Fung Yuen Valley SSSI covers an area of about 43 hectares.

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Banded Tree Brown (白帶黛眼蝶)

There are nearly 180 butterfly species in Fung Yuen, and about 50 of these are not commonly seen in Hong Kong.

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White Dragontail (燕鳳蝶)

Such as, rare butterflies like the Common Birdwing (the only protected butterfly species in Hong Kong that is listed in the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance), and the White Dragontail (the smallest-size Papilionidae species which is protected by China).

Website: http://www.fungyuen.org (in Traditional Chinese Only)

Super Mario with Wine Bottles (酒樽演奏)

Spain - Denominación de Origen

Spain is the largest wine land in the world. She produces much of her wine in value for money quality.

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map source: vinovixenz.com

Denominación de Origen (Designation of Origin - DO) is a five-tier classification system for Spanish wines, which was firstly developed in Rioja in 1925 and created in 1932.

Starting from the bottom to the top, the five-tier classifications are

1/ Vino de Mesa (VdM)
2/ Vinos de la Tierra (VdlT)
3/ Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD)

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Mas de Valdona, Alicante @ HKD 25

4/ Denominación de Origen

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Pleyades, Cariñena @ HKD59

5/ Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa/DOQ - Denominació d'Origen Qualificada in Catalan)

In fact, more than a half of the distinct wine-producing regions are having Denominación de Origen (DO) classification. The rest are classified as Vinos de la Tierra (VdlT).

DO and DOCa wine regions of Spain

Abona
Alella
Alicante
Almansa
Arabako Txakolina
Arlanza
Arribes
Bierzo
Binissalem/Mallorca
Bizkaiko Txakolina
Bullas
Calatayud
Campo de Borja
Cariñena
Catalunya
Cava
Cigales
Conca de Barberà
Condado de Huelva
Costers del Segre
El Hierro
Empordà-Costa-Brava
Getariako Txakolina

Gran Canaria
Jerez-Xerès-Sherry
Jumilla
La Gomera
La Mancha
La Palma
Lanzarote
Málaga & Sierras de Málaga
Manchuela
Madrid
Méntrida
Mondéjar
Monterrei
Montilla-Moriles
Montsant
Navarra
Penedès
Pla del Bages
Pla i Llevant (Mallorca)
Priorat
Rías Baixas

Ribeira Sacra
Ribeiro
Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Guadiana
Ribera del Júcar
Rioja
Rueda
Somontano
Tacoronte Acentejo
Tarragona
Terra Alta
Tierra de Léon
Tierra de los Vinos Zamora
Toro
Uclés
Utiel-Requena
Valdeorras
Valdepeñas
Valencia
Valle de Güimar
Valle de Orotava
Ycoden-Daute-Isora
Yecla


As lots of the Spanish vineyards are located on poor land, much of the productions tend to be encouraged for quantity instead of quality. Therefore, the usual price tags of them are fairly consumer-friendly.

data source: espavino.com

Martha Argerich - Polonaise N°6 l'heroique

Martha Argerich - Chopin "Polonaise N°6 l'heroique"

Aperture and Depth of Field

Aperture
Aperture (光圈) is the function of a camera which controls the amount of light collected, and equivalently the brightness at an image point. Technically, the structure itself is known as Aperture Stop. It is a hole or an opening through which light travels.

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Aperture is usually expressed as F-stop or Aperture Value, e.g. F2.8 or f/2.8. The smaller the F-stop number (or f/value), the larger the lens opening (aperture).

Depth of Field (DOF)
The Depth of Field is the distance wherein objects from near to far appear to be in focus. It is the zone of acceptable sharpness. For any given focal length, the depth of field varies directly with the aperture selected.

When you desire a great depth of field, i.e. where objects both close to you and far from you are in focus, a small aperture is desirable.

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Location: 1881 Heritage, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong
Equipment: Kodak Z981
Focal Length: 26mm
Focal Range: Macro
Aperture: F/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/20-sec
ISO: 100


When you want to isolate your subject, i.e. where your subject to be in sharp focus but the background to be out of focus (a shallow depth of field), a large aperture is desirable.

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Location: 1881 Heritage, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong
Equipment: Kodak Z981
Focal Length: 26mm
Focal Range: Macro
Aperture: F/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/125-sec

ISO: 100

The Burning Moon



Equipment: Kodak Z981
Location: Shamshuipo, Hong Kong

Capture Mode: Manual
Focus Mode: Landscape
Focus Length: 676mm + 1.6x Digital Zoom

Exposure Metering: Center-Weight
AF Zone: Selectable Zone

Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure: 1/8 sec
ISO: 64
White Balance: Open Shade
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