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A Blue Dasher assuming a handstand-like position (called the obelisk posture) that some dragonflies and damselflies assume to prevent overheating on sunny days. The abdomen is raised until its tip points at the sun, minimizing the surface area exposed to solar radiation. Male Blue Dashers (Pachydiplax longipennis) assume an obelisk-like posture while guarding their territories or during conflicts with other males, displaying the blue pruinescence on their abdomens to best advantage. However, both females and males will raise their abdomens at high temperature and lower them again if shaded. This behavior can be demonstrated in the laboratory by heating captive Blue Dashers with a 250 watt lamp, and has been shown to be effective in stopping or slowing the rise in their body temperature. (Wikipedia)
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Tiia Vissak
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    great colors, light & details!

5/19/2009 12:00:47 AM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Fabulous color, detail and composition Carol!

5/19/2009 12:18:52 AM

 
Tommy E. Burgess
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Outstanding Macro and very interesting information Carol!!

5/19/2009 12:25:54 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Impressive macro with sharp details, great lighting, vivid color and interesting information, Carol!!!

5/19/2009 12:32:01 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Amazing Carol. Nature is so smart! I don't give then enough credit sometimes. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and for a terrific image!!!

-Laura

5/19/2009 12:54:22 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Great animal capture here, Carol.


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5/19/2009 1:02:38 AM

 
Kerry Hill
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Fantastic colour and details, Carol!! Beautiful shot!!

5/19/2009 1:07:32 AM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Gorgeous capture Carol! Wonderful details and colors!

5/19/2009 6:13:51 AM

 
Anne M. Young
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Great macro - love the pov

5/19/2009 6:26:25 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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Looks fantastic!

5/19/2009 8:14:32 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Thank you all so much for your kind comments, and I am glad you enjoyed the bit of info on dragonflies. I found it while trying to find out what kind of dragonfly this was. I never would have thought that there was a reason that sometimes the dragonflies are perched in this position!

5/19/2009 10:45:16 PM

 
Phil Stith
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Awesome macro, Carol. Enjoyed the information, too!

5/21/2009 8:45:34 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Awesome color and light.

6/2/2009 5:21:22 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!

6/19/2009 1:00:29 PM

 
Phil Stith
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Congratulations on an awesome finalist, Carol!

6/19/2009 1:12:19 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Outstanding capture, Carol! And fascinating info! Big congrats on a most well-deserved finalist!

6/19/2009 2:59:16 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Excellent capture and fascinating information, Carol. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round.

6/19/2009 4:20:05 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FINALIST!!!!

6/19/2009 4:34:04 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Fantastic macro Carol!! Congratulations!!

6/19/2009 5:13:00 PM

 
Anne M. Young
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Congratulations - super capture!

6/19/2009 5:42:25 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulations on this amazing finalist,Carol!!!

6/19/2009 7:01:12 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations Carol!

6/19/2009 7:06:00 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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Big congrats on this wonderful finalist!

6/19/2009 7:44:32 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Great macro! Congratulations, Carol!

6/19/2009 7:49:53 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist Carol!!

6/19/2009 8:20:58 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Big congrats, Carol, on this terrific finalist image :)

6/19/2009 9:42:07 PM

 
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Huge CONGRATULATIONS on your well deserved Finalist...well done!!!

6/19/2009 10:19:31 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Outstanding work Carol! Congratulations on your finalist!

6/19/2009 11:30:38 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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YAYYYYYY!!! Huge congrats on this fantastic finalist Carol!!

6/20/2009 7:37:30 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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WTG! Congratulations on your finalist in Macro and Details. Bravo!

6/20/2009 10:23:07 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations, Carol.

6/20/2009 12:56:53 PM

 
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Congrats Carol on your Excellent Finalist! Jeff

6/20/2009 3:09:40 PM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Beautiful finalist!! Congrats!!!

6/21/2009 2:29:57 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Great details and colors, Carol. CONGRATULATIONS on a terrific Finalist!!

Usman.

6/21/2009 11:13:35 PM

 
Carol Teal
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Thank you all so much for your kind comments!! I hope to go through the finalists this month since work is over and I have more time!

6/22/2009 11:18:34 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations on your winner!

6/22/2009 12:52:52 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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Congratulations to you, Carol. It's a beautiful macro.

6/22/2009 12:56:09 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Fantastic photo, Carol. Congratulations!

6/22/2009 1:25:00 PM

 
Phil Stith
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Congratulations on a great winner, Carol!

6/22/2009 1:28:54 PM

 
Amy Jackson
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Congratulations, Carol!!!! WTG! :)

6/22/2009 1:29:57 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on the win, Carol. This is an excellent macro -- colors are so very pleasing, too.

6/22/2009 1:33:14 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your amazing winner, Carol.

6/22/2009 1:58:40 PM

 
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BIG Congrats on an awesome Winner!!

6/22/2009 2:38:00 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Congratulations Carol!!!

6/22/2009 3:31:00 PM

 
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Congratulations Carol!

6/22/2009 3:54:53 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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I am happy for you, Carol- congrats :)

6/22/2009 4:38:57 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Excellent Carol Congratulations to you!

6/22/2009 4:44:40 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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YAYYYYY!!! Huge congrats on this awesome winner Carol!!

6/22/2009 4:56:43 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your wonderful win, Carol!

6/22/2009 6:57:23 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Wowza!! Look at the detail here!!

Congrats on a WELL deserved badge Carol!!

6/22/2009 7:54:54 PM

 
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Wow! A gorgeous capture, AND fascinating information to boot!
Congratulations on your well-earned win, Carol!

6/22/2009 9:58:07 PM

 
Laurence Saliba
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CONGRATULATIONS Carol!!!!!

6/22/2009 10:45:19 PM

 
Carol Teal
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Oh wow, what a surprise! I came to check email, saw new comments on this photo and wondered why I was getting comments on a finalist this late after the fact. What a surprise when I clicked over and saw the win! Thank you all so much for your continued support, and I am going to get through all the winners and finalists this month if it takes all month!

6/23/2009 12:05:41 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your win Carol, beautiful!

6/23/2009 12:44:35 AM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Big congratulations on this fabulous winner Carol -- what a little beauty!

6/23/2009 10:42:54 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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CONGRATULATIONS on The GOLD Carol!!

6/23/2009 11:31:14 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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WTG, Carol! Big congrats on your win!!

6/24/2009 10:26:03 AM

 
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congratulation my friend on an outstanding winner and thanks for the info as well. Awesome job!

6/25/2009 4:04:22 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Great to see this win GOLD, CONGRATS, Carol.

Usman.

6/26/2009 4:01:30 AM

 
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Outstanding, Carol. Huge congrats on this beautiful GOLD.

6/26/2009 12:27:54 PM

 
Rosemary Sampson
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Extraordinary! Detail, color, lighting are all so well done!

7/1/2009 6:10:49 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Thank you all so much!!

7/1/2009 7:58:45 AM

 
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Awesome macro, congratulations on your GOLD, Carol. :O)

7/20/2009 12:41:56 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Carol on your Win!!!

Dominick

8/19/2009 4:40:08 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Dr Silly and Dominick...thank you so much! :)

8/20/2009 1:10:52 AM

 
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