Three Girls And A Guy

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Blue Dashers are about the easiest dragonflies to photograph of all the species that I encounter.  First, there are a lot of them.  They seem to be the most common species in the Tucson area, at least over at Sweetwater Wetlands.  Go over there early on an August morning and you’ll see hundreds of them perching on low shrubs and reeds.  Second, they are quite docile.  I often can approach to within a foot or two of one of these insects without causing it to fly off.

With many dragonfly species the males are brightly colored and the females are rather drab.  Not so with Blue Dashers.  The males are usually a solid blue-turquoise in color.  The females are also largely blue, but unlike the males, they are patterned with an exotic set of stripes.  Furthermore, the females have these wonderful two-toned eyes, bluish on the bottoms, garnet-colored on top.  Yesterday, I decided to concentrate on photographing female dashers.  Here are a few images, with a male thrown in for contrast.

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These are images of three different females, taken several minutes apart at different locations.

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You’ll notice that no two of them are exactly alike and that there are subtle differences in coloration between individuals.  That’s the way it is with dragonflies, each individual tends to have unique coloration.  It makes photographing them all the more exciting in my opinion.

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And, lastly, here’s an image of a male.  His coloration is different, but not necessarily prettier than the females’.

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Images made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 125, M setting, f11 @ 1/160.

One response to “Three Girls And A Guy”

  1. Liesl Kii says :

    These are gorgeous!

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