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Purple dragonfly sunning by Ben Waggoner

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Purple dragonfly sunning. On a fern.
Location: Pinellas Park, Florida

If you like Purple dragonfly sunning, you may also enjoy Red dragonfly sunning or Blue dragonfly sunning

…And you will almost certainly enjoy my friend Diane Blastorah’s shown here:

Nikon D40x, Nikkor 55-200 mm
1/160 sec, F8, ISO 100
© Ben Waggoner, All Rights Reserved.

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  • Nina M
    Nina Malmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful! I love this picture :)

  • Thank you, Nina! (I do too…)

    – Ben Waggoner

  • Daphne Gonzalvez
    Daphne Gonzalvezalmost 4 years ago

    What an unusual colour! Exquisite creature poised so delicately! Great capture!

  • Yes, it is unusual. I’ve seen a few, but not so many as the reds, and the blue/greens seem to outnumber all others combined.
    Thank you for your kind words!

    – Ben Waggoner

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    Marvelous macro shot, well done Ben!

  • Thank you! =)

    – Ben Waggoner

  • Diane Blastorah
    Diane Blastorahalmost 4 years ago

    Love the color! Very nice Ben!

  • Thank you, Di! So do I – this is my new favorite! =)

    – Ben Waggoner

  • Diane Blastorah
    Diane Blastorahalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing my work on your site, Ben! I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement!

  • I’m glad to! You have a fabulous purple dragonfly, and I happen to know some people like purple stuff… (see comment below!)

    – Ben Waggoner

  • bearwings
    bearwingsalmost 4 years ago

    well, my girlfriend likes dragonflies …and purple stuff …and I’m about to bring her over here for a look, and that can’t be a bad thing.

  • Thanks for the comment, bearwings! I hope she liked it. This is one of my own favorites, too.

    – Ben Waggoner

  • Lee d'Entremont
    Lee d'Entremontalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome Capture!

  • Thank you, Lee! I couldn’t have asked for a better pose… it’s like he knew what I wanted.

    – Ben Waggoner

  • Caren
    Carenalmost 4 years ago

    Wow…….great shot! I’ve never seen a purple dragonfly.

  • I don’t get to see many, so it’s always a thrill! Thanks for the comment!

    – Ben Waggoner

  • 1000DREAMS
    1000DREAMSalmost 4 years ago

    I never seen purple dragonfly before, how beautiful!

  • They really are eye-catching and stand out from the “crowd” of other dragonflies. Thank you for commenting! =)

    – Ben Waggoner

  • Lincoln Stevens
    Lincoln Stevensalmost 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Ben! Great composition and the colour of the dragonfly is just excellent.

  • Thank you, Lincoln! You know how you feel fortunate to get certain captures…? Well, this is one of my absolute favorites. =)

    – Ben Waggoner

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