In a recent blog post, I wrote about seeing the beauty in a common dragonfly. Blue Dasher dragonflies (Pachydiplax longipennis) are so ubiquitous in the wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park, it’s easy to get desensitized to their beauty.
This individual is a handsome male, as indicated by his coloration and terminal appendages. He posed for me when I stopped to rest during an “extreme photowalk” with Michael Powell. Actually, the male Blue Dasher was posing for females looking for a mating partner.
The coffee-colored water in the background — the result of recent heavy rainfall — enabled me to create a photo with a clean, uncluttered background that focuses the viewer’s attention on the subject, as it should be. The water color also complements the coloration of the dragonfly.
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