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On a sunny day in May last year I was looking for orchids when I came across two of these perching on young trees at the edges of a clearing and occasionally flying at each other. The males of this species Libellula depressa have a powder blue abdomen. (Chasers are known elsewhere as Skimmers).
My lens had recently developed a stiffness in the focusing helicoid, such that I could not focus further than about 7m. I had to shuffle forward on my knees to get close enough.
This is a 50% crop. The wings were not flat but were partly folded, and thus rather three-dimensional. This often happens if the dragonfly has been settled for more than a brief time.
Olympus E-P2, Leitz Elmarit 60mm macro, f8 1/160 ISO 320, hand-held.
© Harold Gough 2013