Daily Archives: June 14, 2017

Obelisking Calicao Pennant

Calico Pennant Dragonfly, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area

Obelisking is a dragonfly behavior, in which the dragon points its abdomen directly up at the sun. It is also called sun-posting. In this position the dragonfly limits its exposure to the the sun’s rays on hot days, and maintains its body temperature below critical levels. This is a female Calico Pennant dragonfly on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area near Kennebunk Maine. Pennants are called pennants because of their habit of perching on the very tip of bare twigs and dead grass stalks, where they kind of flap in the wind…like a pennant. 🙂 Don’t you just love dragonfly names! 

I like dragonflies. They are amazing creatures, and beautiful in a steampunk kind of way. But I like this shot simply as an image. The combination of the strong simple forms of the twigs, and the beautiful buttery out-of-focus-background (bokeh in photo-speak), with the intricate and delicate design of the ballet-posing bug, produce a graphic with is powerful yet very simple. 
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with Program Shift for greater depth of field. f6.3 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.