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Impressive Widow Skimmer by William Brennan

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The Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, is a dragonfly, commonly found in much of the Eastern US. The Widow Skimmers commonly perch on foliage waiting for mosquitoes and other small flies to approach. The Skimmers will fly up off the foliage to capture and eat the mosquitoes. A single dragonfly can eat about 300 mosquitoes in one day. This female perched a little higher than my eye level, but in a perfect position for me to get this shot. I used my Nikon D3100 and the 85mm macro lens. I took it on the shore of Lake Telemark in Rockaway, NJ USA.

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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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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

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  • Thanks Ray!!

    – William Brennan

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful detail in this capture

  • Always a pleasure to hear from you Larry. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    2 December 2011 – 1 image per 24hrs!

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Elaine! =)

    – William Brennan

  • John44
    John44about 3 years ago

    excellent composition and lovely natural colours

  • I couldn’t have asked for a more cooperative subject John. Thanks! =)

    – William Brennan

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature !!!
    Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE FEATURES December 6th 2011

    This work is eligible to enter in our Featured Works December 2011 Challenge
    Good Luck

  • Thank you Evita! I’ll enter right now. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Xcarguy
    Xcarguyabout 3 years ago

    A great capture!

  • Thank you sir. I’m glad you liked it. =)

    – William Brennan

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 3 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Nature In Its Entirety group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thanks Francis. it’s always neat to be featured. =)

    – William Brennan

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature!! It’s much appreciated! =)

    – William Brennan

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