The Blue Dasher is an attractive, active, pond-loving dragonfly. Males perch above the pond, actively dashing out after prey or to defend their territory, and then return to their favored perch. This fella hasn’t quite gotten his characteristic blue coloring just yet, but he will soon. They look almost identical to females until they do. The easy way to tell them apart at this stage is that the males have green eyes, and the females have red eyes. If you look closely, you can see that he caught himself some lunch. I love the sun shimmering off of the lake in the background. I took this photo along the shores of Lake Telemark in Rockaway, NJ. I used my Nikon D3100 and the Nikon 85mm macro lens.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Bill

  • Thank you Larry! I’m very proud of this one! =)

    – William Brennan

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Day! 2011/07/13

    Stunning macro!

  • Thanks Margaret!! I’m honored to be apart of your group! =)

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!! =)

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  • Rickster1
    Rickster1about 3 years ago

    Love the finished article Will

  • I appreciate the comment Rick. Thanks!! =)

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  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative ...about 3 years ago

    excellent work!

  • Thanks so much! I’m very proud of this shot!! =)

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  • Cass23
    Cass23about 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!! Love the framing and the bokeh is perfection :) wonderful job.

  • Thanks Cassandra!! I was very pleased with the results of this one. =)

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  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations, lovely feature, 13/07/2011…………….Shirley

  • Thank you so much Shirley. I’m very proud of this shot. =)

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  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous bokeh!

  • Thanks Christine! =)

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  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyabout 3 years ago

    Nice catch!

  • Much appreciated Brian. =)

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  • geoff curtis
    geoff curtisabout 3 years ago

    Cracking shot.

  • Thanks so much Geoff. I was in the right place at the right time. =)

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