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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 9th June, 2010)

Dragonfly


Dragonfly
Taken at the back of the Wutchie.

Photo: John Harrison  (Canon 450D, 250 th on F8, 18 to 85 mm leans)
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Comment by: Ken R on 9th June 2010 at 00:08

Terrific shot, how close were you to it?
Wutchie has many memories for me I could see it close up every day from my front window.

Comment by: Derek platt on 9th June 2010 at 05:52

Superb photo John, but someone has to explain Wutchie to me.

Comment by: Dave on 9th June 2010 at 08:10

Nice photo of what looks to me like a Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopacea) - definitely not a Dragonfly of any sort.

Comment by: Ron D on 9th June 2010 at 08:50

Superb photograph. I tried to get around the Wutchie last evening. But barricades prevented access.

Comment by: Dave pike on 9th June 2010 at 09:22

Dragonfly has four wings, longer body and blue in colour.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 9th June 2010 at 10:53

Dave Pike? Is that you from Wigan Grammar School 1957?

Great photo, John. The depth of field is superb. Well done. Does look like a dragonfly though.

Comment by: David Barker on 9th June 2010 at 12:18

Nice photo John good detail,and something different.
Derek the Wutchie is a slag heap from the pits in the area ,at Aspull Wigan,also known as Woodshaw rook.

Comment by: Cyril on 9th June 2010 at 13:10

Superb photo John! I'd never heard of a Snipe Fly Dave so I Googled it and so it is, apparently for some reason not known they prefer to perch on a tree with their head facing downwards.

http://www.cirrusimage.com/fly_snipe_Rhagio.htm

Comment by: A Parr australia on 9th June 2010 at 13:10

Good shot John .Wutchie is a slag heap in the shape of a big w.

Comment by: Jo Anne on 9th June 2010 at 13:24

Good photo - thanks, John :o)

The woochie was itself featured on photo-a-day a while ago:
http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/photoaday.php?photo=2009-10-08

Comment by: Derek platt on 9th June 2010 at 21:21

David thank you for the explanation of the Wutchie. Actually I've walked over it with my brother once when I went with Wigan hiking club a few years ago.

Comment by: Maverick on 10th June 2010 at 16:59

Superb shot John - though if it made a move I'd be off!! LOL

Comment by: Ken R on 11th June 2010 at 00:15

The snipe fly, does this make a very loud buzzing sound?

Comment by: John H on 12th June 2010 at 11:38

Thanks to you all for your wonderful compliments. for those who are interested. The pond over the back of the whutchie is full of Newts, a sight we dont see much of these days.

Comment by: Art on 13th June 2010 at 01:01

"Wutchie" is a corrupt word of "Woodshie", which is a Wigan way of describing "Woodshaw"
For example, Longshaw Common near Billinge, is in local twang, pronounced "Lungshie Commun";o)

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