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Green Dragon by cricketumpire Green Dragon by cricketumpire
You, my poetic inspiration
Maybe even for Da Vinci's invention
Did you teach the planes to fly?
You lovely, lovely dragonfly. ~ Rani Turton


This may be Anax parthenope, the Lesser Emperor, a dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae. It is found in Southern Europe, north Africa and Asia. Confirmation or correction is welcomed.
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euphoricmadness Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful green eyes. :)
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Looking just like an army pilot's helmet!  :lol:
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quaddie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Dragon1 to Tower,ready for take-off :)..
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Again I am reminded of a Pixar character of some kind - Pilot office Odonata... :lol:
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quaddie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
The "engine" for the boat in "The Rescuers" :)..
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No-e-mie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
That's sooooo niceeeee :o :o
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I still think this one looks like a Disney character from a plane version of "Cars" - a neat little sporty two seater! :ut3-hoverboard-blue: 
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No-e-mie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
yeaah seems a wonderful machine :)
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artdiva09 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i love dragonflies! they're so pretty! and i'm proud to say i saved one from drowning in a pool. his wings were stuck together from the water and so while he was sitting there drying off i gently dabbed at his wings until they separated -^_^- then he flew off...and i was like "he's ok! :D"
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your good deed for the day! I'd have to do the same thing. :lol:
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faintsmile1992 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
This is one of the best dragonfly shots I've ever seen.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow - thank you so much for that very kind assessment Blush 
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faintsmile1992 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
It's true, there are lots of shots on DA featuring dragons and damsels, but most of them I've seen are of a far poorer quality.

I wish I had a DSLR to shoot with, I know where on Anglesey there are lots of blue demoiselles flitting around.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
These ones were taken in Spain, having found them by accident. I too know of some places at home in UK where there are dragonflies, so I must try again. You are right a D-SLR is probably necessary but I was surprised to get such good results even so. :) (Smile) 
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely awesome :D
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So pleased you enjoyed it - I spent some time not only photographing the dragonfly but just appreciating its behaviour and beautiful colours. :)
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Must  have took some time :) But definitely worthy of the result I can imagine
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Probably took an hour - my wife moaned she was left in the car on her own! The result you must judge for yourself but I enjoyed it! :lol:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great dragonfly shot!!!  :clap:
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks - I felt lucky to get the first but two at once was unbelievable! :blowkiss:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwelcomepart1plz::iconwelcomepart2plz::iconwelcomepart3plz:
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EyeGoCrazy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Dragon flies start out life as naiads. They can live in the water up to five years. When they metamorphose they climb up a reed or another kind of emerging plant. They start to breath and their Larva skin falls off. Where as they start beating their wings and fly. They can fly up, down, or side to side. Once they leave the water they only live up to six months.

I don't know if it's cruel that once they emerge they die so quickly, or if it's a beautiful gift to know such freedom?

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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
They do spend that six months as the "Ferrari of the insect world" though - a top speed of over thirty miles an hour for some species and distinctive colouration. Alternatively, this one looks like an "insect attack helicopter" character from a Disney/Pixar animated film, with army camouflage and the green flight helmet! Either way, they're flash little critters...                                                                                                                                                                                                           Batmote :devilish: rvmp 
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EyeGoCrazy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I'm wondering if this metamorphose is a mid life crisis :? And you are right his coloring does lend himself to an army pilot.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It certainly seems to fit the pattern. Boy grows, marries, has children, buys sports car in late middle age when he should know better, dies. We all go there hmm 
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EyeGoCrazy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not all. I've heard tales of legendary souls, who against all odds grow old with grace and dignity. I hear they live amongst unicorns and pixies in some hollow :?
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That sounds like a definition of dementia? wth 
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EyeGoCrazy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you would know more about this "dementia" than I, being  wise as you are ;)
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You only just resisted typing "old" then didn't you EGC - and I've yet to meet a unicorn or pixie even if I have done the metamorphosis thing!  Grump 
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spiti84 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
another great macro shot :)
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you - I don't normally put two submissions in at once but it seemed logical to do so with the red & green dragons  Dance! 
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spiti84 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you´re welcome :)
yes, thats true :aww:
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TeriasDeva Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
como quisiera atraparlas en verano ;D  very nice
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just captured them at the end of our summer - hope you can photograph some soon!  I love deviantART! 
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fractalfiend Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Very nice :D I love their eyes.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think they almost look like a green military flying helmet. :) 
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