A dragonfly is a double-winged insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera (from Greek ανισος anisos, "uneven" + πτερος pteros, "wings", due the hindwings being broader than the forewing). It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can sometimes be mistaken for damselflies. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world. (From Wikipedia)
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Oceania (2141) 2013-02-20 6:59
A very clear and detailed dragonfly. I like the background is blurred. So the dragonfly is highlighted.
cornejo (18054) 2013-02-20 7:23
Hello Eleu, excellent macro of this beautiful dragonfly. Pretty interesting and very well framed image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very nice and charming job perfectly done, with good quality. Congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this lovely work.
Good day and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Mondaychild (378) 2013-02-20 7:29
well-colored macro shot of this beautiful animal. I like the fact that the background behind the dragonfly is black. That increases the contrast.
serp2000 (29188) 2013-02-20 9:07
hi, Eleu, my neighbour,
this dragon looks long tired after long flight. good close up, did you used a macro lens? well done!
Miguel82 (7790) 2013-02-20 13:03
This is a superb close up
We can see that dragonfly in détails
Like that different green colors
Sonata11 (28331) 2013-02-20 20:40
very beautiful and interesting composition of a dragonfly . Wonderful executed image.Perfectly well done. Tfs. Love it.
jhm (122444) 2013-02-21 5:02
Our old friend "carper", disappeared of TE, was great specialist in photographing dragonflies.
But you did excellent with the head in foreground and open wings.
Sharpness and colors are perfect present.
Very well done, TFS.
SWEETFREEDOM (18415) 2013-02-21 5:18
Beautiful details and colors.
Silvio1953 (98129) 2013-02-21 5:46
Ciao Eleu, great macro of lovely dragonfly, fie details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rychem (9203) 2013-02-21 9:23
Excellent macro shot, beautiful blue dragonfly, sharp detalis, nicely blurred BG
energypolice (188) 2013-02-21 19:07
Outstanding photograph of this Dragonfly, outstanding sharpness, outstanding composition, good background.
ikeharel (37316) 2013-02-26 8:35
Amazing transparent wings, Eleu, and well collected while "landing".
Superb proximity by the 300mm lense achieved.
An admirable photojob.
ruisc_pt (10119) 2013-03-07 4:04
Fantastic macro and wonderful "flyer"...
I wonder if sometime man could imitate these "machines".