Blue Dasher on Smartweed

These are two views of a male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) perched on a Smartweed bloom, taken last August in central Tennessee.

7D2, 100-400 IS II @ 400 mm, 1/640 s, f/8, iso 400, tripod

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Very nice, Mark. Wonderful details. I sure miss my dragonflies. Looking forward to spring and summertime when they and other little critters are around for macro photography.

An excellent pair of images, Mark. I tend to prefer the composition in the second image as it feels more dynamic, but the first sure shows off the details well.

Hi Mark, they never perch on anything this colorful for me - nicely seen and captured. I like the nice view we see of the eyes/head on each shot. Well taken.

Mark: #1 wins by a nose for me and both are terrific. I like the BG and bokeh more on the first. Great perch. >=))>