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powder blue

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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21 Aug 2009 5:57AM
A beautiful creature, I've no idea of the species though.

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21 Aug 2009 6:05AM
wonderful captures.
goso Plus
11 2 1 Australia
21 Aug 2009 6:07AM
The starkness of the BG adds to the beauty of the subject imo Carol - well done...Bill
21 Aug 2009 6:22AM
These images are superb Carol, I agree with bill the B/G adds to the image.
21 Aug 2009 6:26AM
Four fantastic images Carol, superb details.
11 18 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 6:39AM
A superb set of lovely images!!!
JudeC Plus
10 6 3 England
21 Aug 2009 6:57AM
Another superb set Carol - Jude.
21 Aug 2009 7:06AM
you have such a wealth of wild life on your island - true abundance captured to perfection Katie
sable Plus
9 9 7 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 7:12AM
Another brilliant set of images v1 is my favourite it is stunning - Elizabeth
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1850 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 7:14AM
Your insects get better and better, Jennnn.
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
21 Aug 2009 7:15AM
Great details, well worth going large, loooks almost like suede

cassiecat Plus
9 39 46 England
21 Aug 2009 7:21AM
great capture, v1 is my fav.lesley
21 Aug 2009 7:25AM
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.
21 Aug 2009 7:29AM
Gorgeous set
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
21 Aug 2009 7:35AM
Another delightful series. Such detail!

21 Aug 2009 7:47AM
beautiful capture.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1850 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 7:49AM
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...
21 Aug 2009 7:50AM
A magnificent creature photographed so well in its natural environment. I agree Carol, this is an unusual colour and what a beauty it is.

PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 8:00AM
Another set of great images, amazing detail, well done!
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
21 Aug 2009 8:12AM
Excellent set
21 Aug 2009 8:15AM
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
All excellent captures - can't pick a favourite between them - well done !

Steve_S Plus
12 180 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 8:43AM
Excellent as always Carol
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
21 Aug 2009 9:06AM
They do like rocks, Carol, the heat appeals-- These are excellent images of the dragonfly!
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 9:07AM
amazing set
gingerdelight Plus
11 298 11 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 9:17AM
Wonderful images - really lovely
x Carol x
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
21 Aug 2009 9:26AM
Beautiful images ~ outstanding macro work.

21 Aug 2009 9:59AM
A lovely Dragonfly and so well presented
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
21 Aug 2009 11:12AM
Grand work.

21 Aug 2009 11:36AM
Very nice image and a lovely colour blue.
21 Aug 2009 11:41AM
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.

User_Removed Junior Member 11 16 England
21 Aug 2009 11:46AM
Such an unusual colouring, and beautifully captured, especially V1 Carol
21 Aug 2009 1:24PM
Superb set. Sylvia
Gezina Plus
11 3 6 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 1:43PM
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
maryg Plus
9 66 18 Scotland
21 Aug 2009 2:05PM
First class set Carol. Have never seen one with this kind of colouring.
21 Aug 2009 2:52PM
Wow,what a set carol,almost looks machanical,excellent well captured regards
21 Aug 2009 3:07PM
Large is amazing for sure... they are all winners
21 Aug 2009 3:21PM
Beautiful and such gossamer wings
21 Aug 2009 3:46PM
excellent Close up Carol well done.V4 For Me
21 Aug 2009 3:47PM
Superb set of images, fantastic detail and clarity.
Gecko Plus
11 25 Australia
21 Aug 2009 3:56PM
Fabulous series and close ups. Pam
Brilliant set of images.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
21 Aug 2009 4:57PM
An oustanding Image Carol. Absolutely beautiful.
FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
21 Aug 2009 5:13PM
Detail and color spot on Carol, your usual quality shots,
Stunning detail - remarkable set of images - well caught.
21 Aug 2009 5:25PM
Lovely shots Carol..i like the way you managed to get shots from all around the dragonfly..Well done..
ChristineL 12 39 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 5:35PM
a beautiful dragonfly, well captured Carol,
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
21 Aug 2009 5:54PM
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

SueTurner Plus
13 81 3 England
21 Aug 2009 8:36PM
all really good in their own right - hard to chose between them

Superb macro's with excellent lighting. Beautiful fine detail and great compositions.
21 Aug 2009 8:51PM
Outstanding and intricate detail Carol well caught stands out well on the sandy background

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
21 Aug 2009 9:26PM
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.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
21 Aug 2009 9:31PM
Super set of images Carol, very different in colour, never seen one of those before

Graham_P Plus
11 1 19 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 9:51PM
Nice set Carol, never seen one like this before, the b/g works quite well with this image,
21 Aug 2009 10:03PM
superb set of shots, love the eyes
21 Aug 2009 10:48PM
Is it my imagination but are there shadows on the last two images? Amazing detail!
22 Aug 2009 7:38AM
Amaizing set of images Carol, such wonderful detail and the bg is perfect, you can,t get more natural than that,
22 Aug 2009 9:47PM
You are right large is best, fantastic set Carol, excellent detail. Never seen this colour one before.
Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
23 Aug 2009 8:19AM
Very beautiful set Carol . So perfect . I don't expect it wanted to move from the radiated warmth of the rock .xxx
ringyneck Plus
11 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2009 3:10PM
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 @ ...
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.

SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2009 3:17PM
Wow - what captures... and viewing large is a must!
Ridgeway Plus
11 222 2 Ireland
24 Aug 2009 12:06AM
Another great set Carol,beautiful detail,
Think I'll just delete the one I got in spain,no comparision,,

Brilane Plus
11 5 12 Wales
24 Aug 2009 1:30AM
Terrific shots, I like the bg.
TerryMcK Plus
9 72 2 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2009 12:27PM
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.
congrats on awawrd Carol
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
31 Aug 2009 11:54AM
A terrific set of close up shots Carol, she's a real beauty

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