Resting On A Pussy Willow

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Heather Mellon

You've given us an awesome view of this little dragon Harold. Wonderful detail and he stands out so beautifully against the sunlit greenery beneath him. Great shot!

Harold Fleming

Sometimes it's about draggin' our butts out of a chair, Heather. I was out trying to shoot some flowers and happened to be standing next to the pussy willow when the dragon landed.

Yves Langlois

Terrific shot Harold. Very sharp focus on the dragonfly. Never saw that one around here. Appreciate the F29 apperture for the clear detail off the background. Congrat. This is a perfect shot.

Harold Fleming

Even with F29 the head was just slightly soft, Yves. I was only eight inches away. I know I could have backed up to get more depth of field but It's the first time I've seen that one around here so I wanted to get as clean a shot as possible. I was hoping I would get another view of the head but that didn't happen.

Dragonflies are ancient insects. They have been around for 300 million years and there are about 3,012 species. Dragonflies live on every continent except Antarctica. Most of a dragonfly's life is spent as a nymph, beneath the water's surface. The larval stage of dragonflies lasts up to five years in large species. Dragonflies have excellent vision with each compound eye containing 28,000 lenses or ommatidia and a dragonfly uses about 80% of its brain to process all of the visual information it receives. This particular species is a Four-spotted Skimmer.
Taken By
Harold Fleming
Taken On
June 17, 2021
insect skimmer dragonfly insects dragonflies invertebrate animal
  • Focal: 100
  • Lens Model: EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Shutter speed: 0.02 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 29

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