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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 8 years ago

Wow, so many amazing photos congratulations!!

misako 8 years ago

Great shot--looks like it is smiling!

GonçaloLemos 8 years ago

Wow, no words for describe this shot

KarenL 9 years ago

I love a cooperative model! :)

borzrach 9 years ago

Great photo, stunning!


Edith 9 years ago

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

Ulrich 9 years ago

Great shot, stunning details

animaisfotos 9 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 9 years ago

Nice Capture..!!

peter 9 years ago

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

Thurd13 9 years ago

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

LucBertrand 9 years ago

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

ChrisDiaz 9 years ago

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

mdwildlife 9 years ago

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

Hema 9 years ago

almost a head stand!

Amazing shot!

JaniceMcCafferty 9 years ago

wow, great picture!

nwelch101 9 years ago

Sweet close-up!

NayNay 9 years ago

that's cool! :-)

sttweets 9 years ago

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

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

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

lindistar 9 years ago

Amazing, would love to take pictures like this!

Craig Mullenbach
Craig Mullenbach 9 years ago

Great shot. Love the composition and detail!

peter 9 years ago

Unreal :O

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Centro, Portugal

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

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