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Downy emerald

Downy emerald
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-25 11:49
Viewed: 2966
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The downy emerald (Cordulia aenea) is a species of dragonfly. It is metallic green and bronze in color, and its thorax is coated with fine hairs, hence its name. Like most other emeralds, the downy emerald has bright shiny green eyes. Adults are around 5 cm in length, and are in flight from May through July each year.

This species lives in woodlands near lakes and ponds; like other dragonflies, it lays eggs in water and its larvae are aquatic. It is distributed throughout most of Europe. Although it has been eliminated from some of its historic native area in Great Britain due to habitat loss, dense populations of the downy emerald can still be found there in spots where its ideal habitat remains.

After the downy emerald young emerge from their eggs, they live for three years at various larval and nymphal stages. They are fully grown adults for only two months, during which time they mate and the females deposit their eggs back into the water.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-25 11:53]

Hello Hans
Superb! Amazing details, wonderful colors and nice composition.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Hans,
A dragonfly fantastic, really a jewel of metallic colors and delicious structure. Very good use of macro lentrada. great POV for a full view of the species. TFS / Regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-25 12:03]

Hi Hans. This is a fine close up taken from your spring archives . You have captured a beautiful Dragonfly with your sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given bright colours and made the black of the wings stand out . well taken TFS.

Hi My dear friend Hans,

Superb macro capture of this pretty emerald from back side in a delightful posture. The details, POV/DOF and composition are also great.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-25 12:55]

Hi Hans,
deze schitterende macro!
Prachtige kleuren en contrasten met de meer interessant.
Greetings vriendelijk

That's perfect, Hans, this dragon is sitting there in a wonderful pose, the wings are beautiful, amazing moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Hans,
a superb macro shot of the Downy Emerald, outstanding sharpness and marvellous metallic colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-25 15:07]

Amazing metalic colours MF Hans.
I never saw this on live. but by your shot I can see enouth fine details and how beatiful it is.
Congrats about you perfect shot with nice technical management of your equipment.
Best wishes,

Hallo Hans,
Wat een prachtige waterjuffer weer. En enorm scherp gefotografeerd in fantastische metallic kleuren. Jammer dat de achtergrond wat aan de drukke kant is. Prima compositie.

Ciao Hans. This is one of the most detailed focues and lightning dragonfly recently see. Exciting metallic colours. Little compositive masterpiece. My best compliments!


hallo Hans
zo mooi van scherpte en goed licht op zijn mooie lijf
super mooie kleuren
mooie compositie en allesgoed te zien zo recht er voor
super shot Hans
groetjes lou

Ciao Hans, splendid dragonfly with fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Such a beautiful image from the best possible vantage point Hans, both your focus and exposure are perfect, the BG pleasantly OOF. TFS indeed my friend.!

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