Common Blue Damselfly male
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|A quiet commonly posted Damselfly / Bluet on TN, why? well the Common Blue Enallagma cyathigerum is so often posted is probably because it is common, found across most of Europe as they will colonise almost any bit of still or slow moving bit of water, and apparently in waters without fish in them to eat them the water on a warm summer afternoon can seem shimmering carpet of blue as the males zoom backwards and forwards looking for a mate and the supporting her while she lays their eggs inside water surface vegetation. Here in the UK they can complete the life cycle in a year . Up towards the arctic circle it can take 2 years, Down in the south of the mediterranean they can get through a couple of generations a year.|
Q. So why post an image of something most of you have seen before?. Well this was taken from over 6ft - 1.8meters away and is only a 50% crop of the original image
A. well I took this with what I am coming to call my super macro lens, which in reality is Nikons 200-400 F4 VR Lens which I brought with some money left to me by my Mum with the idea that I should be able to get some better bird images which it does very well, but because it is F4 and can focus down to only 6ft to nearest subject. I have found that it allows you to get images of smallish insects without disturbing them. which means more time to get your image into the camera and the VR helps to remove the shakes when you hand hold though this one was taken on a Tripod.
You can veiw a previous post by Clicking Here to see a Male common blue taken with my old Sony F707
Hope you like and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks for Looking
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Thats quite a photo taken from over 6 feet away Robb.
You're right,these are common,even in the most remote areas of New Zealand.
I've seen lots of these up Bullock Creek at Punakaiki.
Always worth a shot though as they are so attractive.
(Incidentally ... remember that red Photinia ... I said I didn't know it was a Kiwi plant. Well ... I don't know how I forgot, but when I was doing my certificate in horticulture a few years ago at Growing Spectrum (Kihikihi-North Island) my tutor, Carol Fraser told me that her and her husband Peter actually developed the red hybrid. They also came up with the beautiful Coprosma 'Evening Glow'
...Actually, I do know how I forgot ... I was smoking tons of pot then, and getting into magic mushrooms occassionally)
- [2007-06-14 14:59]
Hello Robert, wonderful Dragonfly with stunning collors and details, great BG, excellent POV, and composition..Well done!.