Sunday, February 26, 2012

Macro Monday - Blue Skimmer

Another very hot day today – so took a morning walk around one of our local lakes. Still hotter than was comfortable, and the presence of two energetic kids does not always help the stalking of wildlife!


This dragonfly is a Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) which is common in these parts of the world. The pale blue sections of the ‘tail’ (abdomen) fade off over summer, so exposure is a bit of a nightmare (as you can see) in bright sunshine.


You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.


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Enjoy the close ups.

16 comments:

darlin said...

Okay Stewart, tell us your secret... how did you get this critter to sit still long enough to photograph it? :-) Excellent shot!

Gary said...

He's a beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, a beauty indeed! Terrific capture, Stewart! He was a cooperative little guy wasn't he?! I love it! Have a great week!

Sylvia

TexWisGirl said...

definitely a nice summertime sight.

Carletta said...

What I wouldn't give for a hot day. I know in a few months I might change my tune but right now one would be nice.
I can hardly wait to be capturing these little guys around my pond again.
Lovely capture - beautiful composition!

edenhills said...

What a great activity for a hot day. Wonderful capture.

Jama said...

That's a beauty! There are lots of them around the pond in a park near my apartment, sometimes they stay long enough for me to capture them, sometimes they don't.

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful!

MM

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You did well to capture a dragonfly photo with your energetic spotters in tow. Hope the weather cools soon for you.

The Paw Relations said...

What a beauty! Fantastic picture

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Em S said...

Great macro! I would take the heat over blizzards and snow!!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice macro shot.

Regards and best wishes

Laura said...

beautiful!

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Wonderful capture!

Happy MM

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Awesome macro, Stewart!

FjÀllripan said...

Such a beautiful dragonfly! I really long for summer now, when all the flowers, insects and birds are coming back :) Have a nice day!