Saturday, June 21, 2008

Widow Skimmer

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The widow skimmer is a beautiful black and steely grey dragonfly with boldly marked wings. The females and young males do not have the white spots on the mid-wing. They are present across most of the US, except at higher altitudes in the Rockies. They may be seen in fields and meadows well away from water.


Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)




Patience pays off.

I chased this male for about a half-hour with no luck. We were at the Ft. Worth Nature Refuge photographing “stuff” when I saw this nice photo op. He would not let me get closer than about 20’.
We birded the area for about an hour, then started to the car, when he flew up in front of me and landed on the nice grass stem about 3’ away and patiently waited for me to finish photographing him. Not only that, but he posed against a distant out-of-focus background.

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Troy and Martha

29 comments:

fishing guy said...

Troy: What a great dragonfly, I haven't seen many this year.

Sue said...

Wow! What an amazing shot of the dragonfly! I don't know if I could be so patient :)

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reader Wil said...

Patience pays off indeed!! It's excellent!

imac said...

Great capture and Macro..

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Carletta said...

Excellent capture! He is really quite beautiful. Patience pays off.

Larry said...

Awesome photo. Isn't is amazing how much time you can spend on capturing the right photo? Sometimes, as you say, it can take a very long time. In this instance, it certainly paid off: very nice, sharp photo with detail; great job.

kjpweb said...

Wow Troy - that's a good fetch! How nice of it to place itself over that background. Very well done closeup!
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Tammy said...

Great shot! Dragon flies are really neat.

Louis la Vache said...

hmmmm....
Better this than the Congressional Sapsucker - the taxpayers being the saps they sucker....

John said...

I like widow skimmers. I don't see them often enough.

Shannon H. said...

He was well worth catching a shot of!

Doug Taron said...

Awesome photo. Widow skimmers are very common here in Illinois. I notice one difference with yours. Males up here have the pruinescence on the wings only. I've not seen it on the body, as your image shows. I have also just posted about patience and insect photography.

photowannabe said...

I guess he checked you out thouroughy and thought you were ok. Great shot. I don't think I ever saw one of these. Thanks for the picture.

Willard said...

A great photograph and a great truth about nature photography. If one persists they usually get a photo opportunity and it often comes when you least expect it, or when you have given up all hope for the time being and then there it is-just what you wanted all along!

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Me & my puppies said...

Wow, what a great shot. Dragonflies are plentyful here this year but I haven't been able to capture a good shot.

Christy said...

Nice capture, it is always nice when they cooperate in the end for you.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great shot nice

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ratmammy said...

That's a beautiful critter!

Duncan said...

Beautiful dragonfly, beautiful photo!

Blue said...

Wonderful close-up.
My camera critters are winged too!

babooshka said...

Excellent close up. The detail is fabulous

i beati said...

Exquisite and all of Alaska too.. sandy

Daryl said...

WOW .. thank you ... I had no idea what this was called BUT I took two photos of one resting on some flowers in Millennium Park in Chicago .. I have wondered what it was for a long time .. forgive me for going on so .. I love this shot. A Widow Skimmer .. off I go to title my shot so I dont forget!

:-Daryl

Misty Dawn said...

GORGEOUS capture. Dragonflies and butterflies are some of my favorite photography subjects. You created a stunning photo here!

Oh, and like you, I am known to follow and chase the flying 'critters' around and lose complete track of time ;-)

Kathiesbirds said...

How nice of him to let you photograph him and how nice of you to share the shot with us! What soft and pretty colors for a guy!

Marvin said...

Great capture. Glad the Widow Skimmer finally decided to cooperate.

Anna said...

This is really cool photo. Yes patience does pay off. Thanks for sharing. Anna :)