Nature’s Dragonflies, And Understanding Them!
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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First of all, I am certainly no expert with dragonflies! I do read about certain subjects that I would like to persue, and simply try to understand them and how they may act or react out in nature in my presence. Makes getting some appealing images of them that much easier!
There are many subjects in the insect world that do not get around that well when they are wet.
Soon after the sprinklers went off one morning in the garden, coupled with a heavy downpour of rain that the weatherman swore we would not get, I decided to grab the camera and head outside to see what I could find.
Sitting among the beautiful “baptisia” blooms was a Taper-tailed Darner – (Gomphaeschna antilope) dragonfly.
He sat there, never moving as I photographed him using available light.
A couple of hours later after the air dryed, he was off.
There are many insects that will allow you to get extremely close to them because of the morning dew or rain that may be on their bodies, so grab those cameras early in the morning or right after a good soaking rain, … and have yourself some fun.
This little guy and other dragonflies often will return to the same perch, time and time again. That is one of the benefits of learning something about them.
Some will return to the same perch after flying off, some will remain low to the ground, some like it in the bushes, some like it over the water on the same perch, and some simply fly all over the place!
This dragonfly is a Blue Dasher Dragonfly – “Pachydiplax longipennis”, sitting on a perch that I had placed at the back porch/patio.
Almost every single day and especially when it was sunny, one of these little beauties would be there.
My youngest son has grown to love them, and often times will sneak a lens that suits his needs just to have a bit of fun with them. He has become quite a accomplished little photographer, and yes, he has studied these little guy’s behavior as well.
They are plentiful every season, so this year, learn something about them and what type of environment they prefer, and have a bit of fun with them!
Thanks for looking gang!
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