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Onychogomphus uncatus


Update: adding a new mission... He loved the camera.

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28 Comments (1–25)

Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 11 years ago

Wow, so many amazing photos congratulations!!

misako 11 years ago

Great shot--looks like it is smiling!

GonçaloLemos 11 years ago

Wow, no words for describe this shot

KarenL 12 years ago

I love a cooperative model! :)

borzrach 12 years ago

Great photo, stunning!


Edith 12 years ago

Your story makes this even more lovable. You are absolutely right, he looks like he was smiling. :)

Ulrich 12 years ago

Great shot, stunning details

animaisfotos 12 years ago

I've been struggling to keep up with the pace and its not easy. <<I'm just pushing too many donkeys.>> Sorry I haven't had the time to, at least, thank you all for viewing, commenting and favorite the spotting. I also would like to thank the honor and privilege to have it as a face for the Global Dragonflies & Damselflies Mission.
It is only fair to tell a bit about the story of the spotting, since it can also represent a word of encouragement to other:
The photo was taken using an "old" (my first 2MB - Fujifilm-Finepix-A204) digital camera. At that time the only thing I knew was that I had to look through a viewfinder and then click on the top button. Pretty dumb, Right? So... Beginners luck! Absolutely!...But with the help\blessing of a friendly dragon.
It was too hot to stand on the shores of the small river (Dão River). There wasn't a single breeze and it was getting hard even to breath. Two small round rocks half emerged in the water where a temptation... Got in the water and sat down on the larger one (no larger then a melon fruit). Almost heaven... But heaven was on its way. Circling around my head, a beautiful dragonfly just insisted on getting closer. With the camera on my right hand, moved a bit aside, leaving a few inches of rock for a friend to join the refreshing moments. That's exactly what happen. The dragonfly sat by me, facing the camera. No matter how noisy the camera was or how fast I changed the camera position, my friend never left. Always changing pose, he seemed to know. I spend the entire afternoon taking pictures of the newly made dragonfly friend, but chose to publish the most surprising photo of them all. He was standing so close to the lens that I couldn't even see his head. The first time I saw it on the computer it looked like he was smiling. I just had to share it.
Thank you,

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Nice Capture..!!

peter 12 years ago

Your photo was selected to represent the new Dragonfly and Damselfly mission!

Thurd13 12 years ago

At first glance, thought it was a helicopter! great shot!

LucBertrand 12 years ago

WOW !!!!! PERFECT , VERY NICE !!!! i love this picture

ChrisDiaz 12 years ago

@mdwildlife, I couldn't have said it any better. very cool.

mdwildlife 12 years ago

that is a ridiculously awesome photo! There. I said it

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

almost a head stand!

Amazing shot!

JaniceMcCafferty 12 years ago

wow, great picture!

nwelch101 12 years ago

Sweet close-up!

NayNay 12 years ago

that's cool! :-)

sttweets 12 years ago

Really nice picture. Sharp in most details, well done!
I like to photograph them myself as well:

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Is this real? I had passed it up so many times. Wow!

lindistar 12 years ago

Amazing, would love to take pictures like this!

Craig Mullenbach
Craig Mullenbach 12 years ago

Great shot. Love the composition and detail!

peter 12 years ago

Unreal :O

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Centro, Portugal

Spotted on Jun 16, 2005
Submitted on Mar 18, 2011

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