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Acrobatic or Obelisk Posture?

Acrobatic or Obelisk Posture?
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 15:45
Viewed: 3506
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The obelisk posture is a handstand-like position that some dragonflies and damselflies assume to prevent overheating on sunny days. The abdomen is raised until its tip points at the sun, minimizing the surface area exposed to solar radiation. When the sun is close to directly overhead, the vertical alignment of the insect's body suggests an obelisk.

Geez, that was a painful heat from the sun. I got sunburnt on my neck after taking this image.
Whatever it is, I do amazed of their behavior and instinct to survive with the nature.
You can try with this dragonfly anywhere as long you are willing to feel the searing heat of the sun. But of course, with a correct apparel of protection.

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  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-06 15:47]

wooow excellent pic !!! Luciano

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-06 16:40]

Hello Leo,
A very good composition, with great colours and extremely pleasant colouration. Perfect aperture too.
Best greetings and TFS!

Hi Leo,
uaoooo!! Excellent detail and fantastic color along with a great POV. Very well captured.


wow, awesome pose, terrific clear and sharp shot with great colors and details.
well seen & captured, thor.

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