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Copyright: cecilia lazzaro (cecilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 6 N: 1224] (4630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Tamron 90mm macro, Digital
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-12 11:41
Viewed: 4177
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Camera used: Nikon D70
Lens used: Tamron 90mm Macro
Film used: Digital ISO 200

History Of A Dragonflies:

Living fossils, dragonflies are part of the most ancient group of insects on this planet. They were soaring through the air and lived on earth for a staggering three hundred million years. Compared to humans, they are very old indeed. We have only been around fro about 2 million years. Insects were the first creatures in the world to fly. Dragonflies were flying in steamy prehistoric forest long before the dinosaurs appeared. We know about these ancient dragonflies through fossils. Back then, dragonflies were much larger and had wingspans of 80 cm (31.5 inches) and were the largest insects known. Today, dragonflies are smaller, with wingspans up to 14 cm (5.5 in).

Over the centuries, people thought about dragonflies in many ways. In ancient times, Japanese farmers believed the dragonfly was the spirit of the rice plant. Dragonflies were a welcome sign of a good rice harvest. Dragonflies were also believed to bring good luck in battle. About 1600 years ago, the dragonfly was the symbol of a great Japanese warrior clan. The dragonfly later became one of the emblems of the emperor. An old name for Japan - Akitsu-shimu - means Dragonfly Island. The dragonfly is praised in many Japanese poems and songs.

The Mimbres people of the American southwest painted the dragonfly on ceremonial pottery as a symbol of life.

The Zuni tell an ancient story of a magic dragonfly made from corn and straw. It came to life in a time of drought and famine, became a messenger to the gods, and helped save the people. But not everyone has liked dragonflies.

In Great Britain, they were once considered evil and dangerous. Because people saw them darting at horses, the dragonflies were called "horse-stingers." They didn't realize the dragonflies were snatching horseflies, the real "horse-stingers

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Hi Cecilia,

Excellent presentation once again of this dragonfly holding a leaf. Excellent useful comment on the history of the dragonfly.
Personnaly I rather like when you write something on the bottom of the image than when there is a big white frame space.
Well done !!!

bonsoir cecilia
encore une magnifique photo en macro.

Hello Cecilia!

Don't you just love it when they hold on with those tiny things that they hold on with....?
and you are able to capture the details so beautifully?

This is perfect IMO, but not surprising after having seen so many of your wonderful shots.

Great photo, well done, thank you.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-12 13:27]

Cecilia, your shots are always so clean and beautiful.

Another excellent one. Great pov and composition; sharpness is perfect too.


Hi Cecilia,
this dragonfly is sitting there like a beautiful model. Colours and sharpness are marvelous, what a pretty insect.
I love it, thank you very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Cecilia, this is an excellent capture of on of the most beautiful insect groups on earth and you captured this one well. The picture is nice and clean. great sharpness, very natural colours, well blurred background to set the dragonfly off nicely and everything put together in a perfect composition. Well done. Thanks for the very informative note of the dragonfly history.

Hello Cecillia,
Another fine capture. Excellent composition, colours and POV. As always, a great note too. Great work, very well done. Thanks.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-11-12 14:56]

Perfect and beautiful on everything!
Excellent BG!
5* photo!

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-11-12 15:07]

Hi Cecilia this is a delightful image of pure beauty,TFS

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-12 16:24]

Hi Cecilia,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details. Excellent work.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-11-12 17:32]

Hi Cecilia, fantasitic composition and beautiful focus and details. It's a great shot, I have no nits.

This is a beautiful image, you caught it in a very attractive pose. Good work!


What a stunning shot, so delicate.
Excellent pov and dof, great composition. The white frame works so well too.
It's lovely, thanks for posting.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-11-12 20:50]

É uma bela libélula.

Hi Cecilia,
A superb composition. Everything loks perfect to me. Sorry for the short note, on a road trip to Florida. I am somewhere in N. Florida on my laptop.

Very nice shot with everything excellent for me: colors of the background / colors of the dragonfly, composition, sharpness.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-13 2:55]

Stunning capture, Cecilia. Beautiful composition with gorgeous colors, sharp details, and great POV. WEll done and TFS. : )

Hi Cecilia,
This is a great shot. I really like the light and the POV.
It's well seen from the BG. Very good details, nice colours and well exposed.
Exellent work.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-13 4:55]

Une autre très belle prise de votre part. Félicitations pour le bg, les couleurs, la netteté et la pose de l'insecte.

Merci pour l'envoie!

This is very nice Cesie. You've made this dragonfly an "artform". I like it very much..
Thank You.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-13 7:43]

Woooooooow ! What a wonderful and interesting Dragonfly that you have very well captured! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Cesie and thanks for sharing.

If I had to arrange this photo for my personal taste, I would just try to do what you have done :D
What an elegant and well presented job. Excellent 3D effect.
Please include the parameters of the shot, F and speed,so I can learn from them.
Thanks for sharing, Cecilia.

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  • Shaver (100)
  • [2005-11-13 9:17]

I just love great photos of dragonflys. Your note is very educational as well. Great job, TFS

Superb shot, the detail and pose are excellent, and that clean BG is so nice, good camera work.


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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-13 12:53]

perfect macro shot !
beautiful colors and composition
profesional shot
meny happy returns

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-13 16:30]

Hi Cecilia
What a beautiful pose. The position is wonderful. Lovely green colour too.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-11-18 17:05]

Great capture, almost symbolic...
I wonder if its possible with the d70 and the sigma?? I'll hope I can report this soon reina

Hello Cecilia!
Very nice capture.POV,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Bellissima foto macro, Cecilia!
Ottimi i particolari e la composizione, brava!

Ciao e grazie.

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