Sunday, June 07, 2009

Dragonflies

DSCF8069

There is a dragonfly convention on the pond. I’ve never seen so many at once.

No stories today - just dragonflies.



DSCF8435

I want to share the fun I had with Blue Dashers and the macro setting.

It’s no wonder Monet and Swarovski have dragons and damsels in their brooch lines.


DSCF8461

Aren’t they fabulous?

Blue Dasher males are very territorial. I didn’t know that until now.



DSCF8217

Female Blue Dasher. If my ID is incorrect, let me know, please?

Mid-day under the highest sun and evening when mosquitoes gather are the best times to find them.


DSCF8453

I chuckle when they fly away suddenly and quickly return to the same look-out post.

Eyes and heads scan incoming from all directions, ready for combat.


DSCF8472

I’m photographing dorsals now and will move around in front of their eyes when they know me better.

Mosquitoes aren’t a problem for us when an army of dragonflies is on duty.


DSCF8477

There are more species around. I’ll find them.

42 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What great photos of the dragonflies. They are so difficult to photograph since they are usually flying around. That first photo is a knockout with the bright blue and yellow together.

The Reeds said...

These are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!! You've inspired me to get outside with my camera.. We'll see what I can find...! :)
Georgia

Susan Gets Native said...

Great shots, Mary!
Right on about Monet and Swarovski. You just can't get the same color combinations in other bugs.

Cheryl said...

Hi Mary....they are just exquisite aren't they......strangely I posted dragons today.....don't have as many as you but just as beautiful......

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

They're like flying jewells!

Kerri said...

Wow Mary! These are such beautiful creatures....and you have captured their beauty PERFECTLY!

WOW oh WOW!

nikkipolani said...

So cool that the convention's at your pond this season! We just get the odd copper colored one now and again.

Beth in NYC said...

Great pictures! Dragonflies are so hard to capture and you got a bunch. I find that just when I'm set up and ready to start shooting, they fly off.

NatureWoman said...

Look at your fabulous photos! Wow! Love those dorsals. Don't you love their eyes!!

Heather said...

What fantastic shots Mary. As always, loving the macro work and the fine detail that it brings to light. Just beautiful.

merrilymarylee said...

The wings! Oh my!! Exquisite!

KGMom said...

My goodness, Mary--them's some fantastic photos!
Lynne nailed it--flying jewels.

Peg Silloway said...

OK, Mary, I've run out of superlatives. You have outdone yourself with these dragonfly photos. Speechless.

beckie said...

Well, I'm in heaven! What gorgeous creatures and so beautifully captured, Mary. Actually I amalso a little envious. :) Thank you so much for sharing and giving me a smile.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

These are FABULOUS! I never can get quite that close and my colors have never been that brilliant. You rock, Mary!

Jayne said...

Oh Mary, those are exquisite!

nina at Nature Remains. said...

I've got dragons, too, Mary--aren't they fun??!!
I love the colors, too--and the way they turn their heads and watch you.
I'm not good at IDs, but I've found a very helpful site--for the hundreds more you're probably finding....
http://www.marietta.edu/~odonata/images/dmc/diagnostics/index.htm

Your pictures are the best!

Pete said...

they are stunning aren't they.

great to watch them fly and then turn on a sixpence!

DougT said...

Excellent photos! Blue dashers are a big favorite of mine. Can't wait to see what you do with your other species.

Rose said...

These are beautiful, Mary! I haven't seen a dragonfly here yet this year, so thanks for sharing these. I hope work slows down a little for you soon so that you have more time to get outside; I'm waiting for the sequel to the bug porn:)

Appalachian Lady said...

I am so jealous--you captured these beautiful creatures perfectly.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
The Dragonflies and Damselflies are incredible bugs...There are so many different varieties...like birds...
All your photos are great. I really enjoy macro photography.
The butterflies are out too...
Summertime and the living is good!
Sherry

dAwN said...

Wow..Amazing photos Mary!
How do you get such clear crisp close up photos with a point and shoot? I have one..and cant seem to get shots like those!
Please tell me your secret...I am listening..

Steve B said...

Every one is a oooooo-aaaaaah shot!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Wow Mary! These are beautiful. I didn't realize how much color a dragonfly had. Thanks for sharing with us. Lisa

Wendy said...

Those are luscious! Beautiful pics! Dragons and damsels have such neat translucent wings, and you have captured them so well.
I love summer!!!

Margaret said...

Great pictures!! I get the blue dashers in my pond, too. Don't you just want to wear one on your lapel?!

Red said...

Oh my gosh Mary, they are all gorgeous! I wish it was wetter around here to have so many and the variety you get out there. I love dragonflies :)

Kallen305 said...

Such gorgeous shots Mary!!! You always inspire me to get out there and take picturs. I am just starting to take pics of Dragonflys and seeing these makes me want to go out there and start now!

RuthieJ said...

Just Gorgeous Mary! Are all these dragonflies at the pond in your yard?? What a treat for you (and us too!)

dguzman said...

Holy crap, these are great pics!

I remember you used to have a Kodak kinda like mine; I have a problem: my macro setting SUCKS OUT LOUD! Any suggestions? Email me!

A New England Life said...

Mary your dragonfly photos are fabulous! I can hardly believe they let you get so close! We have yet to see dragonflies in NH this year but hopefully with a some warm weather they'll be popping up soon!

Sharon

BJ said...

Gosh Mary! These pics are the very best! I especially love the top one. You should enter it in a contest......it is just beautiful!

I am always amazed at how you work that camera girl! Great job!

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Oh Mary, these are great! Do you have them at the pond all the time? I am just beginning to see them up here.

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Great pictures Mary. I found some cards you had sent John today as I was going through his stuff. Thank you for the cards. He loved them.
xoxo Nita

Kyle said...

Absolutely beautiful, Mary! I rarely seem to be able to catch dragonflies before they zoom off to their next brief perch, and when I do manage to snap a shot or two they never turn out as nice as these. Your macro work is just wonderful!

jen said...

These are absolutely divine. They bring back memories of a day at Star Ranch when I was in the third grade. I've been turning a post over in my mind about the 10 happiest moments of my life. This was one of them. The dragon flies were a welcome part of the adventure. Blue and beautiful, my brother told me they wouldn't sting.

T and S said...

Cool series, I like the 2nd last closeup shot of the dragonfly, the details are amazing.cuth

Chatelaine said...

Simply gorgeous! Aren't they supposed to be good luck? ... and you have an army of them around you.

How lucky can you get?

Vickie said...

Gorgeous images, Mary! I enjoy dragonflies as much as butterflies. It was blue dashers that prompted me to buy three, not just one, dragonfly books!

Vickie said...

ps, yes that does appear to be a female. They are gorgeous too with bronze to reddish eyes.

T.R. said...

I don't know how you do it! These glitter like jewels.