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Old Aug 21, 2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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When I was a kid, I use to spend the warm summer afternoons chasing dragonflies at the local pond with net I made from a wire clothes hanger and rag. Times have changed and my equipment has gotten a serious upgrade, but I still enjoy my time outdoors watching them flit about in the summer breeze. We may grow up, but some things may never change.

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Old Aug 22, 2008, 7:01 AM   #2
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Fantastic stuff, Hung
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Old Aug 22, 2008, 12:32 PM   #3
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Hung, the aerial shots are simply stunning. :shock: The best I have seen, by far.

You have provides one of those "How do they do that" opportunities: These photos well illustrate the primitive nature of dragonfly flight. In more advanced insects (which is most of them) the wings beat up and down together, because the flight muscles operate by alternately flexing the thorax in two different directions causing it to "pop" up and down, thus indirectly raising and lowering the wings (the sound made by the popping is the buzzing you hear). In dragonflies, however, the muscles directly operate the wings, enabling the fore and hind wings to beat alternately, and the whirring sound you hear is only the sound of the wings disturbing the air.

When you throw a lot of dry facts at students in a classroom, their eyes can tend to glaze over. Having photographs like these to illustrate a lecture makes all the difference in the world.
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Best in-flight Dragonfly pics I've seen......AWESOME!

No.5 is also an amazing shot.
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Old Aug 22, 2008, 2:55 PM   #5
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I agree with all the others Hung....AWESOME!!! You get the 3 thumbs up award ....cheers...Don
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Old Aug 22, 2008, 9:33 PM   #6
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Wow… I'm speechless Hung.:shock:
# 5&6 remind me of Navaho art.:-)
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Amazing! I couldn't agree more with what's been said above. :shock::shock::shock::shock::shock: Wow!:shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:
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All fabulous. Congratulations.

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Old Aug 23, 2008, 1:15 PM   #9
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Bob, Penolta, Timinator, Don, Goldwinger, Steve, and Beachboy2. Thanks guys. I appreciate the comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed the series. I find Dragonfliesmake for cool close up shots because of their awesomecolor variationand exquisite details of their wings. Birding has been slow at the local wildlife sanctuary so I wanted to catch these guys before itgot too cold.

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Outstanding and Awesome series.
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