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The Power of Two

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 8 June 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox."
Lao Tzu

Now imagine what two ants can do.

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/100 second F/4.0 ISO 80 6 mm


"The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting."
~ Andre Kertesz

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Like a scene from the 50's horrow move - "Them". Very nice picture. Colorful and clear.

8 Jun 2012 5:14am

Maria from California, United States

I assume 2 ants can do about double of that... ;))
lovely, Mariana...

8 Jun 2012 5:34am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Super Makro, Super Farben.

8 Jun 2012 5:45am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very nice macro and colors

8 Jun 2012 5:52am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

excellent close-up shot

8 Jun 2012 6:04am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Lovely macro and colors work , Phil

8 Jun 2012 6:13am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow excellent 5******

8 Jun 2012 6:38am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Two ants, a good start for creating a ant-hill and getting then the power of millions of ants. A possibility.

8 Jun 2012 6:38am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful macro. Gorgeous colours. Great. :)

8 Jun 2012 7:00am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Awesome macro!

8 Jun 2012 7:02am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Superb macro for these ants appear giant. Great shot.

8 Jun 2012 7:03am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Excellent ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

8 Jun 2012 7:24am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Oh! I did the same on a peony bud! Splendid composition. Mariana nice day.

8 Jun 2012 7:29am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super frame Mariana

8 Jun 2012 7:54am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Parfait éclairage. Une grande image Mariana

8 Jun 2012 7:54am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Fantastic! They deserve a medal for this work!

8 Jun 2012 8:01am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wonderful capture and really good work. I like your interpretation

8 Jun 2012 8:17am

Bruno FROMENTIERE from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Superbe macro ! Nice light too

8 Jun 2012 8:18am

Ellebelle from Medemblik, Netherlands

Two ants exploring a peony bud .............

8 Jun 2012 8:26am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Beautiful macro ! well done !

8 Jun 2012 8:31am

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

magnifique macro, bravo

8 Jun 2012 8:45am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nice quote and follow up line, fires the imagination. Is this a paeony?

8 Jun 2012 9:12am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

C'est fourmidable ! Il ne te reste plus qu'à trouver la troisième pour gagner au tiercé !
Bonne journée lumineuse et chal-heureuse!

8 Jun 2012 9:28am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe amcro de ces insecte sur la pomme sueprbe vue
Belle journée

8 Jun 2012 9:33am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb capture of the two of them, I really like that quote too :)

8 Jun 2012 10:29am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Maybe they'll pick it up and carry it away?:) Lovely shot

8 Jun 2012 10:32am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

What a fabulous macro, great colors and terrific composition

8 Jun 2012 11:12am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Ha ha - excellent title to match this image. Love the marvelous colors and details you captured in the ants.

8 Jun 2012 11:15am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

superb close up and colours

8 Jun 2012 11:21am

Marc from Halluin, France

Superbe macro!!!

8 Jun 2012 11:23am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!!!!
so beautiful colors!

8 Jun 2012 11:24am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Most striking colours - very alien and other-worldly atmosphere!

8 Jun 2012 11:32am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent work ! You were so close that they look like monsters ;) Great details and colors... Have a lovely day :)

8 Jun 2012 12:34pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Les couleurs sont superbes sur cette macro

8 Jun 2012 12:53pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb photo !

8 Jun 2012 1:00pm

arvin from sari, Iran

Very very nice

8 Jun 2012 1:03pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

A great picture of the situation.

8 Jun 2012 1:21pm

vu@granby - gilles daigneault from Granby, Québec, Canada

Very good!
I also like the sense of humour in your title and note.


8 Jun 2012 1:28pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful colours in this excellent macro Mariana! Bravo! ;-)

8 Jun 2012 1:39pm

Philippe from Paris, France

Elles se régalent les bébêtes...

8 Jun 2012 1:48pm

Harry from Apex NC, United States

It is difficult to judge scale, but these ants seem HUGE on opening bud, and the highly saturated color only emphasizes the impact.

8 Jun 2012 1:55pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Interesting !

8 Jun 2012 2:01pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fantastic macro image Mariana

8 Jun 2012 2:03pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

these ants are planning to eat that flower? hmm.. that's probably out of their diet.. :D

8 Jun 2012 2:14pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Magnifique macro d'une grande netteté !

8 Jun 2012 2:34pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine, detailed image of these ants helping themselves. Very good close in image.

8 Jun 2012 2:47pm

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

excellent capture! I love how the ants stand out in sharp contrast to the fruit! Well done!

8 Jun 2012 2:52pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Gorgeous ! wonderful close-up.

8 Jun 2012 2:57pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

oui à deux on est plus fort !! j'aime bien voir des fourmis chez toi :)

8 Jun 2012 3:04pm

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

Superbe macro!

8 Jun 2012 3:46pm

AnKaRo from Irgendwo, Germany

Just lovely ;)

8 Jun 2012 3:49pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Marian surprises me, leave the city today and found a thematic photography, fantastic composicon, mary

8 Jun 2012 4:11pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great shot !!

8 Jun 2012 4:37pm

Mireille from Ribérac, France

I love this macro. The ants look like explorers on this bud! There's not much to eat here.

8 Jun 2012 4:43pm

Emmeji from France

Les photos couleur sont rares chez toi, j'apprécie d'autant plus celle-ci!

8 Jun 2012 4:51pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Superbe macro ! Des couleurs splendides !

8 Jun 2012 4:54pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful macro and details ... gorgeous colors!

8 Jun 2012 6:35pm

Universe from Tehran, Iran

Great job & lovely shot !!! Good luck.

8 Jun 2012 6:53pm

João Mourão from Portugal

Fantastic colors. Great Macro.

8 Jun 2012 7:05pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant closeup, brilliant processing, captivating colours .... just like the peony buds in my garden ;-))

8 Jun 2012 7:24pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Incredible close-up with great colors and textures!

8 Jun 2012 8:00pm

Tat à l'oeil from Paris, France

Géniale !!!! Superbe macro !!

8 Jun 2012 8:11pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nicely done macro. Amazing how long their legs are compared to body.

8 Jun 2012 9:24pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

amazing, mariana!!

wonderful colours too! :-))

8 Jun 2012 9:30pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

So beautiful, love your astonishing colour work, I feel this is a prlude to a series where
you do them in the urban setting, with all the detail in the faces ! Superb work !~

8 Jun 2012 10:13pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France

Les fourmis aiment bien les pivoines, j'ai aussi des photos sur le sujet prise dans mon jardin. Belles couleurs

8 Jun 2012 10:45pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine peek into the world of ants. Two can probably move the flower, three the planet. At least, they would try.

8 Jun 2012 11:21pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic macro! The contrast of their bodies against the light background is gorgeous!

8 Jun 2012 11:39pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Wow. Great clarity in this image. I love macro shots like this.

9 Jun 2012 1:49am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, I feel their power.

9 Jun 2012 2:25am

kasiaaus from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful capture

9 Jun 2012 5:51am

cajera from France

An ant on the road does less damage than ox asleep, especially among the flowers.

11 Jun 2012 7:48pm

Mowgli from Nice, France

Mince il en manque une ;-). Superbe macro et traitement.

12 Jun 2012 9:00pm

gordon from Oldham, United Kingdom

Excellence here

15 Jun 2012 10:21pm

@gordon: thanks Gordon .

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/100 second
ISO 80
6 mm