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I went out for a walk yesterday and managed to find a river bed that still had running water, though pretty dirty and smelly! I was hoping to find some dragonflies, and I wasn't disappointed. This beautiful powder blue creature came and settled on a stone nearby and allowed me to take several shots. I was hoping that he/she would settle on something a bit more photogenic, and with a more pleasing background, but she wouldn't oblige, so I had to make do with rocks and a very unsatisfactory backdrop! However, I was delighted to capture this magnificent coloured insect, and trust someone will come up with an ID.

Do go large if you have the time, it really is one of the most beautiful dragonflies I have ever seen.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:powder blue
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:21 Aug 2009 - 5:13 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:91
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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GrahamNobles
21 Aug 2009 - 5:57 AM

A beautiful creature, I've no idea of the species though.
Graham

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CherryMartin
21 Aug 2009 - 6:05 AM

wonderful captures.

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goso
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21 Aug 2009 - 6:07 AM

The starkness of the BG adds to the beauty of the subject imo Carol - well done...Bill

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iancam  6 England
21 Aug 2009 - 6:22 AM

These images are superb Carol, I agree with bill the B/G adds to the image.
Ian

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Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 - 6:26 AM

Four fantastic images Carol, superb details.
Roy

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 6:39 AM

A superb set of lovely images!!!

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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 6:57 AM

Another superb set Carol - Jude.

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koka  6 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 - 7:06 AM

you have such a wealth of wild life on your island - true abundance captured to perfection Katie

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sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 7:12 AM

Another brilliant set of images v1 is my favourite it is stunning - Elizabeth

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 7:14 AM

Your insects get better and better, Jennnn.
Moira

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
21 Aug 2009 - 7:15 AM

Great details, well worth going large, loooks almost like suede

Peter

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 7:21 AM

great capture, v1 is my fav.lesley

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
21 Aug 2009 - 7:25 AM

Superb set of captures Carol.
You caught some excellent details.
I havent seen these in blue colours before,only seen them in green or red colours.
Have a great day.
Robert

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sparrowhawk
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21 Aug 2009 - 7:29 AM

Gorgeous set

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 7:35 AM

Another delightful series. Such detail!

Ann

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somnathchatterjee

beautiful capture.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 7:49 AM

I'm sorry, I know you're Carol... I've had a lousy night, no sleep and I'm not at my brightest! But you'd be amazed the number of people who call me Bill...
Moira

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viscostatic
21 Aug 2009 - 7:50 AM

A magnificent creature photographed so well in its natural environment. I agree Carol, this is an unusual colour and what a beauty it is.

Phil.

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 8:00 AM

Another set of great images, amazing detail, well done!
Kaleena

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 8:12 AM

Excellent set

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 8:15 AM

I think the stark backing works for me
Really shows off the powder blue
Funnily I like V3 best for me this photo has real character
Sorry But Moiras comments made me laugh Not just me having a senior moment

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Imagephotographics

All excellent captures - can't pick a favourite between them - well done !

Chris

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Steve_S
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21 Aug 2009 - 8:43 AM

Excellent as always Carol
Steve

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 9:06 AM

They do like rocks, Carol, the heat appeals-- These are excellent images of the dragonfly!
JEnnnnn

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21 Aug 2009 - 9:07 AM

amazing set

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gingerdelight
21 Aug 2009 - 9:17 AM

Wonderful images - really lovely
x Carol x

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 9:26 AM

Beautiful images ~ outstanding macro work.

Albert

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 - 9:59 AM

A lovely Dragonfly and so well presented
john

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21 Aug 2009 - 11:12 AM

Grand work.

Rock

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Hawthorn
Hawthorn  5 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 - 11:36 AM

Very nice image and a lovely colour blue.

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Val Prowse
Val Prowse e2 Member 11Val Prowse vcard England
21 Aug 2009 - 11:41 AM

V1 is my favourite and viewed large it's fantastic. I love the amazing tracery in its wings and it's good to see it in its natural environment.

Val

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User_Removed Junior Member 8 England16 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 11:46 AM

Such an unusual colouring, and beautifully captured, especially V1 Carol
Andrew

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Silverzone
21 Aug 2009 - 1:24 PM

Superb set. Sylvia

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 1:43 PM

very similar to the broad bodies chasers here Carol and a cracking set inspite of the b/g, you do need some b/g to get appreciate the wing detail though - Ina

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maryg
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21 Aug 2009 - 2:05 PM

First class set Carol. Have never seen one with this kind of colouring.
Mary

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
21 Aug 2009 - 2:52 PM

Wow,what a set carol,almost looks machanical,excellent well captured regards
Mike

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21 Aug 2009 - 3:07 PM

Large is amazing for sure... they are all winners

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MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 - 3:21 PM

Beautiful and such gossamer wings
Mavis

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Dusan
Dusan  5 Sri Lanka
21 Aug 2009 - 3:46 PM

excellent Close up Carol well done.V4 For Me
dusan

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hellsbells8868
21 Aug 2009 - 3:47 PM

Superb set of images, fantastic detail and clarity.

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Gecko
Gecko  825 forum posts Australia
21 Aug 2009 - 3:56 PM

Fabulous series and close ups. Pam

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21 Aug 2009 - 3:57 PM

Brilliant set of images.
Christine

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danbrann
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21 Aug 2009 - 4:57 PM

An oustanding Image Carol. Absolutely beautiful.

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21 Aug 2009 - 5:13 PM

Detail and color spot on Carol, your usual quality shots,
Geoff.

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CaptainTweaky
21 Aug 2009 - 5:22 PM

Stunning detail - remarkable set of images - well caught.
David

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paddyman
paddyman  566 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 - 5:25 PM

Lovely shots Carol..i like the way you managed to get shots from all around the dragonfly..Well done..
Alec

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ChristineL
21 Aug 2009 - 5:35 PM

a beautiful dragonfly, well captured Carol,
Chris.

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21 Aug 2009 - 5:54 PM

had a quick look online - closest this resembles is a Blue Skimmer dragonfly that has a powder blue thorax - i'm no expert but this seems a near match Grin

anyway, beautiful captures of a wonderful looking creature - just have the bog standard green ones here but they can be good in their own way. stunning detail and i think the background here is more than suitable for the photoshoot.

keep the beauty flowing Grin

peter

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SueTurner  1081 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 8:36 PM

all really good in their own right - hard to chose between them


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21 Aug 2009 - 8:39 PM

Superb macro's with excellent lighting. Beautiful fine detail and great compositions.
Steve.

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susanbarton
21 Aug 2009 - 8:51 PM

Outstanding and intricate detail Carol well caught stands out well on the sandy background

susan

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21 Aug 2009 - 9:26 PM

Super captures Carol. I have a superb book of Dragons of Great Britain and we certainly don't have one that is completely one colour all over like this.
Brian.

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21 Aug 2009 - 9:31 PM

Super set of images Carol, very different in colour, never seen one of those before

Nicky

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Graham_P  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 9:51 PM

Nice set Carol, never seen one like this before, the b/g works quite well with this image,
Graham.

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bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 - 10:03 PM

superb set of shots, love the eyes
bunSmile

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Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 10:48 PM

Is it my imagination but are there shadows on the last two images? Amazing detail!
Jann
xxx

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Dinney  6 England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2009 - 7:38 AM

Amaizing set of images Carol, such wonderful detail and the bg is perfect, you can,t get more natural than that,
Kev

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betts  6 England
22 Aug 2009 - 9:47 PM

You are right large is best, fantastic set Carol, excellent detail. Never seen this colour one before.
betts

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23 Aug 2009 - 8:19 AM

Very beautiful set Carol . So perfect . I don't expect it wanted to move from the radiated warmth of the rock .xxx

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ringyneck  8308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 3:10 PM

Hi Carol...great capture of what must have looked a brilliantly coloured dragon......i have seen a Black -tailed Skimmer over here and in the sun(???) it really stands out.
I don't think it's a Blue Skimmer(wrong country)......but ended up with .........
Orthetrum brunneum - Southern Skimmer.........found it online @ ...
www.cretewww.com/odonata/index.htm
This gives you Crete dragons > checklist > Southern Skimmer >more info > to pic taken in Crete in 2005.There is asimilar bodied one..the Keeled Skimmer but has Black body not Blue as yours.
Hope you agree and it helps you.

keith

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23 Aug 2009 - 3:17 PM

Wow - what captures... and viewing large is a must!
Sandra

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Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 12:06 AM

Another great set Carol,beautiful detail,
Think I'll just delete the one I got in spain,no comparision,,

Aidan,,

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Brilane  8 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 1:30 AM

Terrific shots, I like the bg.
Brian

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TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 12:27 PM

An excellent set, Carol. All well-taken shots.
Checking through my book of flying things, this looks very much like a Black-tailed Skimmer, found here throughout Southern England.
However, Keith (Ringyneck) went to some lengths to come up with an ID & I could be wrong.
Terry

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maratsuikka
25 Aug 2009 - 4:56 PM

congrats on awawrd Carol

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31 Aug 2009 - 11:54 AM

A terrific set of close up shots Carol, she's a real beauty

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