Translucency

This is the sixth installment in a series of themed posts featuring photos of Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted while photowalking Huntley Meadows Park during Fall 2014. All individuals are males, as indicated by their coloration and terminal appendages.

All of the photos were shot in strong backlight from the Sun that makes the dragonflies look translucent, especially noticeable near the face and base of their abdomen. An external flash unit was used to add “fill” light on the camera side of the subject. As always, please view the full-size version of each photo in order to maximize your enjoyment of one of my favorite odonates.

The first two photos were taken near a vernal pool in a relatively remote location in the forest.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

20 October 2014

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

20 October 2014

The last photo was taken near a vernal pool located close to the terminus of the Hike-Bike Trail. I dubbed it the “Accidental Vernal Pool” or “AVP.” The vernal pool was created by accident during the wetland restoration project. The AVP provides another good habitat for amphibians and odonates.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

27 October 2014

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