Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Desert Firetails

I don’t know why exactly, but this has always been one of my favorite damselfly photos:

Desert Firetails

Desert firetails

I took it at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum several years ago now, with an older camera with relatively low resolution and depth of field, and it’s not even entirely in focus, but I still like it.  There’s something about the bright red male damselflies peeking out of the front of the photo against the muted greens in the background that just seems right to me.


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2 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Desert Firetails

  1. I like it too, especially the symmetry and the alignment of the lower fly’s wings with the ripple behind. We are all inclined to judge our own photos against the textbook criteria, but an image doesn’t need to be technically correct, in any or even all categories, in order to have appeal. I would say that the amount of time spent looking at, or returning to, an image is a better guide to its worth. One of my favourites is a Kodachrome slide where the processing went wrong – it came out looking like an Impressionist painting. I wouldn’t dream of throwing it out!

    • Nice! I’m glad other people like the non-traditionally appealing photos in their collections too. Sometimes they can be quite visually appealing without being technically precise.

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