Bottoms Up

© Carol Teal

Bottoms Up

Uploaded: May 18, 2009


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)

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: reserved, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 277.00 mm, Model: E-500


Tiia Vissak May 19, 2009

great colors, light & details! #1129696

Cindy Bendush level-classic May 19, 2009

Fabulous color, detail and composition Carol! #7535408

Tommy E. Burgess May 19, 2009

Outstanding Macro and very interesting information Carol!! #7535440

Melissa G. Meiselman May 19, 2009

Impressive macro with sharp details, great lighting, vivid color and interesting information, Carol!!! #7535462

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 19, 2009

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 #7535535

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict May 19, 2009

Great animal capture here, Carol.

Dominick #7535571

Kerry Hill May 19, 2009

Fantastic colour and details, Carol!! Beautiful shot!! #7535586

ROLAN NARMAN May 19, 2009

Gorgeous capture Carol! Wonderful details and colors! #7536309

Anne M. Young May 19, 2009

Great macro - love the pov #7536363

Daniella Puente May 19, 2009

Looks fantastic! #7536725

Carol Teal May 19, 2009

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! #7538519

Phil Stith May 21, 2009

Awesome macro, Carol. Enjoyed the information, too! #7544078

Dianna Murphy June 02, 2009

Awesome color and light. #7590858

Tiia Vissak June 19, 2009

Congratulations! #7648851

Phil Stith June 19, 2009

Congratulations on an awesome finalist, Carol! #7648958

Colleen Farrell June 19, 2009

Outstanding capture, Carol! And fascinating info! Big congrats on a most well-deserved finalist! #7649885

Nikki McDonald level-classic June 19, 2009

Excellent capture and fascinating information, Carol. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round. #7650534

Cheryl E. Molennor June 19, 2009


Renee Doyle level-classic June 19, 2009

Fantastic macro Carol!! Congratulations!! #7651046

Anne M. Young June 19, 2009

Congratulations - super capture! #7651312

Patrick Rouzes June 19, 2009

Congratulations on this amazing finalist,Carol!!! #7652027

Sam Britt June 19, 2009

Congratulations Carol! #7652064

Pat Gamwell June 19, 2009

Big congrats on this wonderful finalist! #7652371

Raymond Pauly June 19, 2009

Great macro! Congratulations, Carol! #7652419

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic June 19, 2009

Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist Carol!! #7652606

Jennifer L. Alder June 19, 2009

Big congrats, Carol, on this terrific finalist image :) #7653075

Eugenio Diaz June 19, 2009

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis June 19, 2009

Outstanding work Carol! Congratulations on your finalist! #7653556

Teresa Burnett level-deluxe June 20, 2009

YAYYYYYY!!! Huge congrats on this fantastic finalist Carol!! #7655578

Dianna Murphy June 20, 2009

WTG! Congratulations on your finalist in Macro and Details. Bravo! #7656782

Bojan Bencic level-classic June 20, 2009

Congratulations, Carol. #7657455

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe June 20, 2009

Congrats Carol on your Excellent Finalist! Jeff #7658120

Laurence Saliba level-classic June 21, 2009

Beautiful finalist!! Congrats!!! #7659839

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic June 21, 2009

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

Usman. #7663024

Carol Teal June 22, 2009

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! #7665239

Tiia Vissak June 22, 2009

Congratulations on your winner! #7665573

Mitch Spence level-classic June 22, 2009

Congratulations to you, Carol. It's a beautiful macro. #7665598

Bojan Bencic level-classic June 22, 2009

Fantastic photo, Carol. Congratulations! #7665752

Phil Stith June 22, 2009

Congratulations on a great winner, Carol! #7665772

Amy JACKSON June 22, 2009

Congratulations, Carol!!!! WTG! :) #7665777

Nikki McDonald level-classic June 22, 2009

Congratulations on the win, Carol. This is an excellent macro -- colors are so very pleasing, too. #7665787

Leslie McLain level-deluxe June 22, 2009

Congrats on your amazing winner, Carol. #7665917

David Phalen June 22, 2009

BIG Congrats on an awesome Winner!! #7666116

Renee Doyle level-classic June 22, 2009

Congratulations Carol!!! #7666386

Claudia Kuhn level-classic June 22, 2009

Congratulations Carol! #7666475

Jennifer L. Alder June 22, 2009

I am happy for you, Carol- congrats :) #7666748

Cheryl E. Molennor June 22, 2009

Excellent Carol Congratulations to you! #7666802

Teresa Burnett level-deluxe June 22, 2009

YAYYYYY!!! Huge congrats on this awesome winner Carol!! #7666891

Evy Johansen level-classic June 22, 2009

Big congratulations on your wonderful win, Carol! #7667485

Kara L. Hendricks June 22, 2009

Wowza!! Look at the detail here!!

Congrats on a WELL deserved badge Carol!! #7667641

Mary K. Robison June 22, 2009

Wow! A gorgeous capture, AND fascinating information to boot!
Congratulations on your well-earned win, Carol! #7667864

Laurence Saliba level-classic June 22, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS Carol!!!!! #7667933

Carol Teal June 23, 2009

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! #7668075

Donna La Mattino Pagakis June 23, 2009

Congratulations on your win Carol, beautiful! #7668257

Cindy Bendush level-classic June 23, 2009

Big congratulations on this fabulous winner Carol -- what a little beauty! #7671929

Datha Y. Thompson June 23, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS on The GOLD Carol!! #7672042

Colleen Farrell June 24, 2009

WTG, Carol! Big congrats on your win!! #7674095

A P June 25, 2009

congratulation my friend on an outstanding winner and thanks for the info as well. Awesome job! #7678236

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic June 26, 2009

Great to see this win GOLD, CONGRATS, Carol.

Usman. #7679574

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic June 26, 2009

Outstanding, Carol. Huge congrats on this beautiful GOLD. #7681221

Rosemary Sampson level-classic July 01, 2009

Extraordinary! Detail, color, lighting are all so well done! #7696441

Carol Teal July 01, 2009

Thank you all so much!! #7696945

Dr Silly level-classic July 20, 2009

Awesome macro, congratulations on your GOLD, Carol. :O) #7759176

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict August 19, 2009

Congratulations Carol on your Win!!!

Dominick #7866602

Carol Teal August 20, 2009

Dr Silly and Dominick...thank you so much! :) #7870710

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