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Large Red Damselfly's Face by George Crawford

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Another beautiful day today, so we went for a walk along the Greenock Cut at the Clyde Muirsheil Park near Inverkip, Scotland. While trying to photograph dragonflies in flight I noticed this Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) caught in water weed and close to drowing. I howked him out of the water using a reed and he sat on it quite happily wiping his face dry and letting the sun dry his wings. (You can tell it’s a “he” because he has red eyes). My long-suffering wife held the reed steady while I took the picture hand-held in the abundant available light. I used a 60mm macro lens on a Nikon D300s set at 1/500s at f6.3 and 200 ISO. Taken on 15 August 2010.

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Loving to live in the West of Scotland, I’m a wee bit obsessed by the magnificent scenery and nature all around me. I’m particularly keen on the varying moods of the sky and sea, and in macro photography.

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  • John Velocci
    John Veloccialmost 2 years ago

    very nice picture. please take a look at my pictures when you get a chance. thanks

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