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Black Saddlebags Dragonfly

Black Saddlebags Dragonfly
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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: 2008-09-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon A650 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-18 12:06
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In early September, when I was walking in the Dodge Paddock - Avalonia Land Conservancy area in Stonington, Connecticut, I spotted some very large dragonflies. They were cruising above the marshy area, about 10-15 feet from the ground. I didn't think that I had a hope of getting a picture of one. However, as I was leaving, one of them came down and perched only a few feet from me, just below eye level. I was able to get a few good shots. The background seemed quite busy, but the details of the dragonfly looked quite good, when I inspected my photos later.

I didnít post any of my photos of this dragonfly, because I had difficulty identifying it. I hadnít retried my identification surfing (I donít yet have a good dragonfly book) for several weeks. Today, I was able to go right to the ID. The Latin name is Tramea lacerata and the popular name is Black Saddlebags. The "saddlebags" refers to the hind wing coloration, making it appear as though this species is wearing saddlebags. They are about 2" long, so they are quite impressive to see up close. The link that I came across that supplied me with its name and photo is:


For those who wish to know more about the area I visited, which has been a favorite place of mine to go to, ever since I lived there about 10 years ago, here are two links:



The last one describes the specific site of my Black Saddlebags encounter. Itís a very pretty place with many wild flowers, grasses and large insect and bird populations. Thereís water all along one side, and sometimes it gets so marshy that itís hard to venture very far into the conservancy area. A sheltered portion of the Atlantic Ocean, called Long Island Sound, washes against the rocky banks.

I hope that you enjoy viewing my dragonfly. And, visit the Stonington Borough, if you find yourself in the southeastern corner of Connecticut Ė but, donít tell anyone I told you, because shhh, itís a secret place.

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hello John,
interesting species of dragonfly with
a very particular color purple
good details in this capture
compliments sERGIO

Hello John,

Beautiful picture of this dragonfly. Very good POV, DOF and focus. Superb detail, you could reproduce the wings very well in this picture. Very good light and colours.

Hi John,
This is a nice picture of a special Dragonfly! You chose excellent composition and captured good details. I never managed to do a good picture of a Dragonfly :)!

Hello John
This is a fantastic capture of a most wonderful Dragonfly..I wish we had a a few of these in the UK but from your very good note I know where to go to look one up.
The details you have captured are perfect with good sharp definition on all of the subject.
I personally dont worry to much about how busy the background may or may not be when capturing Dragons...They rarely give the opportunity of a perfect capture so I prefer to just concentrate on them opposed to looking for the clear space behind for a good bg...By the time you have worked out a clear shot they are off!!

Thanks for your words on my Inflight captures of Dragons...You have the right approach to capturing them by watching them and thier behaviour...They will work certain areas at certain times and then its just a case of capturing them photographically which I know you will achieve...any advise I can give then please do ask concerning equipment and settings.

All the Best

Hi John,
a beautiful dragonfly, it's maybe the first time I see one.
The wings with the black spots are lovely.
The picture is well composed with good sharpness and fine DOF,
the whole insect is in focus, maybe the BG is a bit busy that is what you get with F8 on a Compact Digi.
Well done.

Hi John
This is a very nice portrait of a dragonfly. I've never seen this species before. The detail is sharp and colours are great. Nicely composed.
TFS Janice
PS today the temperature is +2C and on Tuesday they say it's going up to +20C...mother nature can't make up her mind :D

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