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Dragonflies

Petar Sabol (Čakovec, 1981) has been involved in photography since 2007. The focus of his interest is nature photography, especially close-ups of motifs from the animal world that people do not usually have the opportunity to see.

In addition to motives of untamed nature, Sabol's photos stand out for their amazing scenes, in which the main compositional ingredient is (the most beautiful) natural light.

As one of the most successful and most prominent Croatian photographers, Sabol has participated since 2012 in many international art exhibitions under the patronage of the FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique). He has been honored seven times as the best author at an international salon and was awarded the FIAP Blue Badge. He has also won awards at other specialized photographic competitions throughout the world, and the total number of awards he has won exceeds 500. He has also had seven one-man exhibitions. He is a regular jury member at international exhibitions and photography competitions. His photograph "Natural abstract" was awarded the FIAP gold medal in the macro category at the 7th Photography Salon in the United Arab Emirates, and it is permanently kept at the National Library in Paris.

This time, Sabol's work focuses on the dragonfly, popularly known as fairy horses, mosquito hawks, or darning needles, insects of vivid color, excellent fliers, and active predators. Twelve photographs that testify to the elegance of their beauty show us why these magnificent animals are traditionally connected to fairies, myths, and magic. The Krka National Park contains thirty-eight recorded species of dragonflies, meaning 54.79% of the total fauna of dragonflies in the Republic of Croatia. They appeared on Earth several hundred million years ago, and giant dragonflies, with wingspans of up to 70 cm still flew some three hundred millions years ago. Even today, the dragonfly is a large insect: the species than can be found in Croatia can grow up to 8.5 cm, which is the size of the blue emperor (Anax imperator).

The playful dance of dragonflies can best be seen at the Skradinski Buk and Roški Slap waterfalls, where dozens of species have been noted. The Park is also home to the winter damselfly, the only European dragonfly that overwinters in the adult form.

Dragonflies have two pairs of wings. Thanks to a special technique, they can fly in all directions, even backwards, and even remain stationary. They are also the fastest flyers in the world of insects. The larval stage is completed in water, so they can usually be found near water: swamps, lakes, marshes, and rivers. They spend up to three years as larvae, after which they grow wings and start the adult life cycle, which is significantly shorter: it lasts at most three months.

Of all the species of dragonflies that inhabit the territory of the Republic of Croatia, Petar Sabol has “captured” twelve species of dragonflies with the skilled eye of his camera for this exhibition. These are:

DRAGONFLY 1 – Four-spotted chaser – Libelulla quadrimaculata

DRAGONFLY 2 – Ruddy darter – Sympetrum sanguineum

DRAGONFLY 3 – Keeled skimmer – Orthetrum coerulescens

DRAGONFLY 4 – Downy emerald – Cordulia aenea

DRAGONFLY 5 – Red-veined darter – Sympetrum fonscolombii

DRAGONFLY 6 – Scarlet dragonfly – Crocothemis erythraea

DRAGONFLY 7 – Beautiful demoiselle – Calopteryx virgo

DRAGONFLY 8 – Common darter – Sympetrum striolatum

DRAGONFLY 9 – Blue emperor – Anax Imperator

DRAGONFLY 10 – Green hawker – Aeshna viridis

DRAGONFLY 11 – Southern hawker – Aeshna cyanea

DRAGONFLY 12 – Migrant hawker – Aeshna mixta