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Shady Character

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Cooper’s Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada.
August 29, 2010.

Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa)

Thanks to frostwhiteraven for the identification.

I was wandering along one of the trails, trying to keep in the shade (31C or 88F today) and I was admiring all the different dragonflies zooming around. There were the usual tiny gold and red ones and the odd stripy-winged black monsters, but there were also quite a few of these blue/green beauties, too. “It would be nice to get one of these,” I thought. But they never seemed to land anywhere. I spotted one flying under the branches of a nearby sumac, however, and thought it may have landed, maybe not. I cautiously approached the sumac, and, much to my surprise, it had landed! And it was one of those very cooperative dragons, too. Because of the shady location, the shutter speed was a little low and I felt I didn’t have time to play with my iso settings. But this chap didn’t move, so a number of shots were taken.

Many thanks, ye wee beauty!

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, F6.7, 1/15 second
Tripod

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