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Dragonfly ~ Flame Skimmer (Male) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Dragonfly ~ Flame Skimmer (Male) by 

7th Place in the First Dragon of 2010 Challenge

Taken in Tucson, Arizona at Silverbell Lake using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

A large brilliant flash of orange streaking across a southwestern pond will almost certainly be a flame skimmer. Territorial males have a little tolerance for each other, and often two or even three participate in acrobatic chases, driving intruders from favored perches or away from a prospective mate.

The flame skimmer is widespread in the western U.S., ranging from sea level to at least 6,000 feet elevation. One of our most familiar species, it may be encountered at streams, ponds, lake edges, desert oasis, marshes, and (often) backyard ornamental pools.

males have a carrot-orange body, and that colors continues uniformly about halfway out the wing. Females are browner, and the orange in the wings is restricted to the forward edges, extending nearly to the wing tip.

Flight Season Feb. 9 – Dec. 15


arizona, bugs, dragonfly, flame skimmer, insect, nature, wildlife, kimberly chadwick

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture, Kimberly! Bravo! ;o)

  • Krys, that means a lot, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Fantastically beautiful!

  • Deb, your making me blush….thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonover 4 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Thank you so much Monte!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Digidi
    Digidiover 4 years ago

    great image

  • Thank you Di!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaover 4 years ago

    An absolutely stunning capture! Super macro details!

  • I appreciate your support Ingrid!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerover 4 years ago

    Fabulous Dragonfly capture, Kimberly!

  • That means a lot Sabrina, thank you for adding it to your faves!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 4 years ago

    Brilliant and beautiful color, so lovely and great timing on your part! Dee

  • Thank you so much Diane, your comments put a smile on my heart, thank you ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    he is a beauty !! great capture my dear !

  • Thank you Judy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured Kimberly!

  • I am not used to seeing you here at this time…lol, thank you so much darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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