Common Whitetail (male)
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|it was around 11 am when i took this photograph. unfortunately, under a hard sun. and the creature being in the shades of white & black, it was a bit difficult to do justice to both the shades. just tried :-/|
well, another new dragonfly (to me). a Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia). and a male.
Common Whitetail is also known as Long-tailed Skimmer. it belongs to the family 'Libellulidae', which is the family of 'Skimmers'.. and genus 'Plathemis', which indicates the Skimmers of "the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere".
once again to quote Wikipedia, "like all perchers, Common Whitetails often rest on objects near the water, and sometimes on the ground."
absolutely so. i have never seen a Common Whitetail choosing a high perch [but Saddlebacks/ Halloweens do]. Common Whitetails always prefer low perches near to the water surface or ground.
just like, i found this dragonfly perching low, on the water surface of a lake.
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Fantastic .... with minor exceptions Ruby! Good day/evening! A controversial exposition under the challenging midday conditions indeed, ..... just lets have a look the pleasant expression of the image at large ... beautiful soft colors and great detail, not to mention the surgically precise depth of field. Bravo! On the other hand some gentle post processing were needed to bring back some of the lost highlights detail at the dragonfly's abdomen for example ... agree? I see a change in your trademark font on the left bottom part of the frame ... cool and almost as stylish as Roy Orbison himself :) Thank you for the music!
what a pity that the sun was so bright that parts are over exposed,as you mention it can be a problem as you mentioned.
The wings are beautifully sharp and clear in a nice dynamic pose.
Best regards Les.
- [2012-08-30 4:07]
beautiful species of dragonfly. good lighting, angle and contrast. tfs.
There is slight suggestion of over-exposure on the abdomen of this cute dragonfly you have captured in the US, Ruby. Other than that, the head and the wings are very well captured. The diagonal composition is just apt for this presentation.