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Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Photo Information
Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon A650 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-16 11:09
Viewed: 3445
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot of a dragonfly in front of our house in Mystic, CT. The stalk, upon which the dragonfly is perching, is part of a Canterbury Bells bush. I usually take photos of birds or butterflies, so I am quite a neophyte when it comes to dragonflies. I searched the Web for information and images about dragonflies. I spotted a photo of a Tau Emerald (Hemicordulia tau) that looked similar. But, after I posted this, I saw many Tau Emerald photos that look completely different. Also, most of the ones I saw are in Australia, and none are in my area. So, I'll keep looking. Maybe, a dragonfly expert out there can help me out. It was about 2" long, with a slightly wider wingspan. The mesh on its wings is so intricate and delicate. All of the dragonflies that I've seen in our yard have four stigmata (plural of stigma), on the front edges of their wings -- perhaps, that's characteristic of dragonflies in general. I just used my little Canon A650 on this one, as I often do for macro shots. It seems to do a decent job -- provided that the photographer chooses the right vantage point and lighting.

Gary Tyson identified this dragonfly as a female Blue Dasher. Thanks, Gary!

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To GaryT: Thanks for the ID!ubc64 1 09-05 10:27
To mariki: Thanks!ubc64 1 08-22 19:15
To nglen: Thanks for your comments on my dragonfly photo!ubc64 1 08-19 18:10
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-16 13:09]
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Hi John. Firstly welcome to TN. This is a good start with the colourful dragonfly which has a shine to it. you have captured it with good detail . a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hello John,

Excellent capture of this beautiful dragonfly. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. I like very much the soft colours. Good background too.
Welcome to TN.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-02 7:38]
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A couple of weeks ago someone just happened to give me a copy of "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts", so comparing the pictures, I think you have a female blue dasher.
Anyway, its a good photo with excellent sharpness. I like the way the lighting shows off the veins in the wings. Gary

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