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Smiling Dragonfly


Smiling Dragonfly
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Copyright: Elena Evans Chumsky (Scrapperella) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 1 N: 50] (361)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-10-16 13:01
Viewed: 1598
Points: 10
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Haha when I look at this dragonfly I just picture it saying in a sly type of way 'What's up?' When in fact I was able to catch it shift its head to the side really quickly.

This dragonfly happens to be this kind, this is from wiki:

The Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) is a dragonfly of the skimmer family. It is common and widely distributed in the United States.[1]
Male on a Lotus Leaf

Mature males develop a bluish-white pruinescence on the back of the abdomen and, in western individuals, on the thorax. They display this pruinescence to other males as a threat while defending territories at the edge of the water.[2]
Mature male with blue-white abdomen and thorax

Although the species name longipennis means "long wings", the wings are not particularly long. Females do, however, have a short abdomen that makes the wings look longer in comparison.

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Oh isn't he CUTE!! LOVE love Dragonfly's; just LOOK at this love his big eyes and cute POV!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-16 18:23]

Hello Elena,
Great close-up shot showing the cute facial features of this Blue Dasher. Yes, it really does look like it's smiling at you. Can you imagine what was going through it's mind as it watched you pointing a strange looking contraption at it and then hearing the shutter go off. It probably turned it's head and said "hey try again....this is my best side":)
Ron

Hello Elena,
Very nice POV, excellent composition, great sharp details, and excellent natural colors. I like the pose of this beautiful dragonfly. Very well done, and thanks.
John

Good focus on the eyes and face of this dragonfly, Elena.
It's a daring point of view and you have got off with it quite successfully.
The color of the eyes has also been well captured.
Thanks.
Ram

Interesting POV Elena! Excellent composition and wonderful lighting too!
Regards,
Christodoulos

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