A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but adults hold their wings away from, and perpendicular to the body when at rest. Dragonflies typically eat mosquitoes and other small insects. They are valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects. Dragonflies are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic. Adult dragonflies do not sting or bite humans, though nymphs are capable of delivering a painful but harmless bite. I captured this male Widow Skimmer on the shore of Lake Telemark in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Kodak Z812 IS digital camera.

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I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 4 years ago

    A beauty William. Beautiful in every way. Love it. Brenda

  • Thanks again Brenda. I had a heck of a time getting a shot of this handsome fellow. :)

    – William Brennan

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture! Well done.

    1Day 13 Oct 2010

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray! :)

    – William Brennan

  • Helena Bolle
    Helena Bolleabout 4 years ago

    Very delicate. Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks Helena. It’s always neat to be featured. :)

    – William Brennan

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous. Such a pretty colored dragonfly, they always amaze me!

  • Thanks Glenda. They are impressive insects aren’t they? :)

    – William Brennan

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great work and well deserved.

  • Thank you Andrea. :)

    – William Brennan

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