“Should I use four legs or six?” A Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) rests on a springy perch. Many dragonflies, when settled on their landing, tend to hold their forelegs against their throax, and hold on to their purchase with the remaining four legs. In this photo, the two forelegs appear like dark club antennae to either side of the head.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/640 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 640

Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
07 Jul 2010

I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    Lovely capture! Excellent clarity, DoF, and detail!

  • Thank you very much, Dave & Trena.

    – Wolf Read

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 4 years ago

    Great capture nice one

  • Thank you very much, Deerhunter.

    – Wolf Read

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