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Dragonflies

Hi all,

Sharing some pictures of these beautiful creatures that are found in proximity to water. Enjoy and feel free to comment.

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Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), male
E620, 40-150
Sharp but angle of shot not the best, and not enough DOF


Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), female
E620, 50-140
Almost enough DOF, just the tip of the tail out of focus. I like the bokeh.


Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), female
E620, 50-200 SWD
Could be a tad sharper, slight shake blur. But in general terms this one is quite OK I believe.


Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), male
E620 + Nikon ED82A spotting scope, tripod, manual focus, shooting distance 4 meters.
A bit busy, angle not optimal but image quality is really good I believe.


Green-eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles). This species is not so common.
E620 + Nikon ED82A spotting scope, tripod, manual focus, shooting distance 3-4 meters.
Would have been really good if I had managed to get free sight through the weeds, the tail is partially blurred but apart from that I am happy.
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Re: Dragonflies

Hi Tord,
I always like to see dragonflies - thanks for showing these. I never saw an Aeshna isoceles specimen so far - nice one!

If you don't mind, then I would like to give my opinion on your #2 pic ('Sympetrum striolatum'). This looks to me like a subadut female of Aeshna mixta!? It would be very early for one to appear though, at least at my place. Anyhow, in Sympetrum striolatum the black stripe on the forehead does not run down in front of the eyes (down the side of the "nose"). And striolatum should show yellow striped legs. Maybe you own additional photos of this one, with which you can veryfy the determination?

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Re: Dragonflies

Falk,
Thanks for pointing out. I am by no means any expert and will verify the ID.

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Re: Dragonflies

Very enjoyable, Tord!
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Re: Dragonflies

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Hi Tord,
I always like to see dragonflies - thanks for showing these. I never saw an Aeshna isoceles specimen so far - nice one!

If you don't mind, then I would like to give my opinion on your #2 pic ('Sympetrum striolatum'). This looks to me like a subadut female of Aeshna mixta!? It would be very early for one to appear though, at least at my place. Anyhow, in Sympetrum striolatum the black stripe on the forehead does not run down in front of the eyes (down the side of the "nose"). And striolatum should show yellow striped legs. Maybe you own additional photos of this one, with which you can veryfy the determination?

Cheers,
Falk
Hi Falk,

The more I check against other references on the web, the more I am inclined to agree with you. I have additional photos but all taken from the same angle, one is a close-up of the head and thorax.

The good news is that now I have 5 species in my modest collection

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Re: Dragonflies

I like the green-eyed Hawker, despite the stray piece of vegetation the overall green image is very attractive

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Beautiful ! love them all
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The good news is that now I have 5 species in my modest collection
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You are very welcome! And if my thoughts make finally sense, the better ...

I would have to count the numbers of the species I have collected, as I don't know it of the top of my head. But there were quite some. If you want to have a look, here is a link to my Dragonfly pages - all German though. Just follow the links to Damsle- or Dragonlies. All the shown species were photographed within walking distance of my home!

Unfortunately I can only show a few pics per species, due to my lack of knowledge in HTML-programming. I could need some professional gallery software, I guess!?
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A super set Tord, thanks for sharing these
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You are very welcome! And if my thoughts make finally sense, the better ...

I would have to count the numbers of the species I have collected, as I don't know it of the top of my head. But there were quite some. If you want to have a look, here is a link to my Dragonfly pages - all German though. Just follow the links to Damsle- or Dragonlies. All the shown species were photographed within walking distance of my home!

Unfortunately I can only show a few pics per species, due to my lack of knowledge in HTML-programming. I could need some professional gallery software, I guess!?
Wow,

I am truly and deeply impressed by your set of Dragonfly/Damsel pictures. What a super set! I started taking pictures last summer and looking at what you have achieved I realize I have a long way to go.

What would you like to achieve as far as HTML is concerned? I might help if it is not too complex.

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Wow,
I am truly and deeply impressed by your set of Dragonfly/Damsel pictures. What a super set! I started taking pictures last summer and looking at what you have achieved I realize I have a long way to go.
Thanks Tord! But you don't need to be overly impressed or discouraged or anything, as I myself have not much more time invested then a little shy of two years into the Dragonflies etc. I guess it's more that one needs to develope the 'sight', to not miss anything of interest along the way, rather then having fancy equipment to make a picture of it.
One day I added Dragonflies to my list of interesting subjects - and that was that. Nowadays I can't ignore them anymore - even if I am after something else and already have my larders full of images - which brings us to the next point ...

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What would you like to achieve as far as HTML is concerned? I might help if it is not too complex.
My website is totally handmade, so some HTML I can do (still lacking any form of handbook though). But it's so unbeliveable inconvinient to programm a gallery - with thumbnails and all - by hand. To be able to show not only one or two exsample photos of each species, I would like to have a dedicated menue or page for every one, so I could present all the better shots of everything.
If I had not so much different subjects of interest, I would have gone and done the hand knitting thing and - voalá! - finished. But I can't get myself to even start this task, because I see no end to it ...

Thanks for offering your help!

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Re: Dragonflies

Tordan those are really lovely shots nicely captured. Wish I could get that level of clarity.
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