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1 TOP TEN Challenge Placement Sept 12, 2011
Sept. 12, 2011 This ART was Placed in the TOP TEN in a Challenge in the Group;
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGES;
The Challenge; Urban Jungle
Congratulations to Martin Smart my Fellow Artist and Top Ten Winner in this Challenge also to the additional artist who placed in this challenge; Honored to be among you . This work and the work of all those featured in this challenge is on display and availabel for purchase @ this link http://www.redbubble.com/groups/nature-photogra...
Beautiful Dragon Fly amazing facts:
With four dainty but powerful wings, the dragonfly is considered the world’s fastest flying insect, and unlike other winged insects it has great acrobatic mobility due to the fact that the front and back wings beat in opposite directions.
Each eye has more than 30,000 light-sensing facets that are actually 30,000 tiny eyes within each eye. This unique eye structure allows them to detect the slightest movement and provides them with a 360-degree field of vision, even completely behind. I was able to get quite close to the dragonfly in my garden and observed his large eyes rotating around as he looked at me — it was fascinating
The dragonfly’s metamorphosis is much like the butterfly or the story of the ugly duckling. The unattractive nymph climbs up out of the water and onto a reed or rock until the dragonfly emerges, with its beautiful, intricately webbed iridescent wings and eventually flies away. Black and colorless at first, after a few days to a week the adult dragonfly will begin to develop its dazzling color, which can range from bright hues of red, orange and golden to blue, green and purple. Many bear luminous stripes in contrasting colors down their long, slender bodies.
Dragonflies have inhabited the earth for more than 300 million years and have changed very little from their prehistoric form. The oldest fossilized dragonfly that has been found is said to be 320 million years old
Many of our world’s dragonflies are beginning to vanish due to deforestation, pesticides and pollution. By using pesticides to kill the mosquitoes, we also kill their natural predators, therefore upsetting the delicate balance of nature.
In order to help with the environment I’ve chosen proceeds of this work be donated to http://www.mtsociety.org/about/index.cfm ID#13852