The weather in Briain just now is awful with strong winds and heavy rain and sleet but I found this picture which reminded me of summertime.
This one was taken in August whilst walking near Rydal Water in Cumbria on a beautiful warm and balmy summer's day. I spotted this damselfly flitting around in the grass and just managed to capture this shot. Unfortunately I didn't have a macro lens with me so this was taken at the closest my 24-70mm lens would focus.
I believe that this is a common bluetail damselfly. Damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) are insects in the order Odonata. They are similar to dragonflies but the adults can be distinguished because the wings of most damselflies are held along, and parallel to, the body when at rest.
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lousat (68735) 2013-12-23 1:11
Hi John.A perfect pic for treknature too! And a great Christmas gift to the insects fans like me.A beautiful capture of this damselfy og genus Ischnura,the details are impressives everywhere and the exposure at the top to take the best blue,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,luciano
Royaldevon (24420) 2013-12-23 1:16
You took this without a tripod!!
It is difficult to capture these creatures until they land. I remember spending a whole morning photographing them in France!
This is a lovely shot. The damselfly is really well placed in the frame, the details sharp with an excellent bokeh.
I know I've said it before but have a lovely Christmas, despite the rotten weather. (I believe there's more coming your way today!) I'm sure a wee dram of whisky will dispel the cold!
Nicou (111529) 2013-12-23 2:03
quelle macro et iamge sueprbe cette libellule bleue tout en finesse quelle élégance et macro sur la petite plante merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (41969) 2013-12-23 2:54
a lovely reminder of warm and still days. It is ramping up here as I write this, with rain and gales that look like being particularly horrendous later and then heading your way. This image is so beautiful and illustrates the fragility of these fascinating insects. Exquisite!
holmertz (34775) 2013-12-23 10:58
I feel strongly for pictures that don't remind me of winter. This is a fine photo from better days. Damselflies or dragonflies, they are all incredible creatures, unjustly destined for a very short life. You were lucky to catch this at this moment when it was seated on such a nice plant (whose name I wouldn't know in any language). The sharpness is good and balance of vertical vs. horizontal is perfect.
Kind regards, and a Merry Christmas,
saxo042 (35900) 2013-12-23 11:17
This is a very beautiful macro picture and a bit different from your usual style. I really enjoy the perfect sharpness and the very attractive colours here.
I wish you a Merry Christmas
mesutilgim (76946) 2013-12-23 14:37
Very nice macro capture of this beautiful Demselfly.
Good layout and perfect sharpness.
TFS and Merry Christmas !
emka (68834) 2013-12-23 23:38
hello John, Wonderful macro of this little beauty.
I wish you and your loved ones very Merry Christmas, full of peace, love and joy.
Short, but i still has something to do in the kitchen :))
Noel_Byrne (17397) 2013-12-24 1:28
A fine memory of summer indeed, and a fantastic capture of this skittish little creature! This past summer, I spent quite a while trying to photograph these in a field in Westmeath, but had no luck as they just flew away whenever I got close enough :) I learned that it is not easy for a six foot two man to sneak up on one of these little guys! Beautiful colors and details, and the shimmering detail of the wings is really superb.
A lovely memory of warmer times. Now the winter solstice has passed, we are heading back towards those days once again!
happy Christmas John!
All the best
jhm (132000) 2013-12-24 2:37
This is a discipline with a lot patience, dragonflies are very difficult to photographing.
The blue are the small sort, the green the big sort.
Nice picture we see lovely the wings.
My best wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Very well done, TFS.
annjackman (16861) 2013-12-24 4:25
Wow - beautifully sharp where it needs to be and a very good blurred BG. All excellently framed and presented.
The storm has taken our power out probably through Christmas so it is a good job we will be cooking at my son's house (unless of course the baby decides to make its appearance!).
Have a wonderful time and I hope the weather doesn't get any worse for you.
Best wishes, Ann
delpeoples (50721) 2013-12-30 3:28
Ciao caro Giovanni
Wow, without a macro lens you get definition like this! Impressive. I can only imagine what you could do with a macro! Did Santy get you one by any chance? Anyway, lovely colours, they're really striking and like you shallow depth of field. The details here are equally impressive. Excellent work and I hope you'll be tying one on at Hogmanay!
marabu61 (6603) 2014-01-01 3:38
I must really congratulate you on this wonderful capture of a damselfly on the go. The sharpness and the details are just perfect. And a little summer and sunshine does us all very good in this drab winter weather.
For years now I wanted to photograph dragonflies myself, but until now to no avail. These critters just defy me.
I wish you a very happy new year.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (17324)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-07
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-22 16:52