Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)

An Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum vicinum) was perched along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

This individual is a male, as indicated by his reddish coloration and terminal appendages.

The boardwalk deck and railings are a composite material made from recycled plastic milk bottles. In my opinion, those surfaces provide a “cleaner background” that enables the viewer to focus on the subject easier than if it were posed against a more natural setting. So if the goal is to teach people how to identify common odonates, then the boardwalk is an ideal “studio” for photographing dragonflies.

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2 Responses to “Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    You already know my preference for natural backgrounds, but I have to agree with you that for teaching identification, the clear, uncluttered background of the boardwalk works best.

  2. Wally Jones Says:

    I would love to be a purist and vow to never photograph a subject against an “artificial” background, but experience has proven me to be a realist (as well as an unmitigated opportunist).

    The Autumn Meadowhawk is no less handsome on that boardwalk than he would be on the end of a blade of grass. As you so capably prove.

    Another day may offer a different opportunity.

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