Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (male)

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A Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula vibrans), one of the larger skimmers, perched on a twig at Huntley Meadows Park. Notice that the Great Blue Skimmer perches on four of six legs, with the two front legs curled around its head. This individual is a male, as indicated by its blue coloration. (Females exhibit brown coloration.) Photo 4 of 4 shows the dragonfly flying off his perch — a remarkable stop-action photo for an iPhone 3GS camera!

Tech Tips: The preceding photos were post-processed using Apple “Aperture,” a professional-grade tool for organizing and adjusting photos.

Photos © Copyright 2011 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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