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Old Jun 16, 2006, 12:15 AM   #1
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Maybe someone knows what these dragonflies are doing, I don't think there mating!? Jim
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Old Jun 16, 2006, 4:11 AM   #4
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Incredible shots! Did you use a macro lens ?



And 'YES' they are mating !!!

( I only watched a program on National Geographic yesterday which showed it)

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Old Jun 16, 2006, 4:29 AM   #5
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Have to agree with Tony in that they are incredible shots.



All I can say is that I am glad I am not a Dragonfly!
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Hi Jim, very nice shots.

While shooting dragons quite sometime back, I also noticed a slender type of dragonfly. I have even posted some photos of both varieties. Curious to learn the life cycle of the dragonfly, I sifted the web and came to know quite a few interesting facts. The dragonfly's life is mostly spent underwater as a nymph - for more than two years! On reaching adulthood, it comes to the surface,sheds skin to take the new form and goesin search of a mate. Its life above surface is only about two months or so. It is known to mate while flying in tandem - so that's what your dragons are doing. The slender variety of dragonfly is known as damselfly.

Your pics have come very well. Keep going!

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tell us what equiptment you used. those shots are fantastic. well done
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Very nice.

I prefer thecloser ones which better evidence the wings, but in this case the broader composition is obligatory.

It seems this is the period of dragon- damsel- flies
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Thanks Tony, Seems like an unusual way to mate ??? No didn't use any macro lens, pictures were taken from about 15 feet away using only the FZ30 12x zoom. Jim
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Thanks Bootneck, I agree, I wouldn't want to be a dragonfly either! Jim
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