Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (female, No. 5)

Sometimes I think I need an editor to select my best photos. Case in point, the following photos look similar but they are subtly different.

In the first photo, the terminal appendages seem to be more in focus than in the second photo.

08 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Cobra Clubtail (female)

The second photo shows a better view of the face while the terminal appendages are slightly softer.

08 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Cobra Clubtail (female)

Decisions, decisions. I decided not to decide, opting to publish both photos. Which photo do you prefer?

The Backstory

At least 11 Cobra Clubtail dragonflies (Gomphurus vastus) were spotted during a photowalk with Michael Powell in Fairfax County, Virginia USA, including 10 females and one male. This blog post features two photos of female No. 5.

Copyright © 2020 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (female, No. 5)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    It’s a tough call, Walter, but I have a slight preference for the second image in which there is somewhat more direct eye contact. I have to admit, though, that the differences are so slight that I would have had no issues if you had published only the first image. As it was, I had to toggle back and forth between the images several times before I made my decision.

  2. Sherry Felix Says:

    I like the facial view in the second.

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