Blue Obelisk

Wolf Read

Vancouver, Canada

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Like an exotic piece of jewelry, this Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) is perched elegantly on a leaf. Many species of dragonflies can be found perched in this manner from time-to-time, a behavior known as obelisking. In full obelisk, the abdomen often points right at the sun. This is not the case for the individual in the photo, where the dragonfly is facing the sun, probably to capture as many warming rays as possible.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/640 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 200
Hand-held

Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
23 Jul 2010

Featured in 300+ Go Long!, 04 Aug 2010.

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