Dashing Blue Dasher

In a recent blog post, I wrote about seeing the beauty in a common dragonflyBlue Dasher dragonflies (Pachydiplax longipennis) are so ubiquitous in the wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park, it’s easy to get desensitized to their beauty.

A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

10 JUL 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Blue Dasher (male)

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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Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Dashing Blue Dasher”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Beautiful shot, Walter, and I welcome the reminder not to take the beauty of the commonplace creatures for granted. Your image wonderfully shows the gorgeous colors and details of this Blue Dasher, a species whose population already to be have diminished somewhat since early July.

  2. Charlie@Seattle Trekkker Says:

    Amazing image, love the detail you captured. I am always amazed how late you are able to find them.

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