Dragonflies on green

The dragonflies have been remarkably cooperative in having their photos taken this year.  It’s also possible I’ve gotten better at patiently waiting and watching, looking for their patterns of flight and landings.  Either way, I’ve done well this summer in capturing some of the lovely creatures flitting around the pond and meadows.

I picked this series because there is some green in the background, thus meeting the theme requirements (even if it is just a small amount of green).

I’m finding the dragonflies near the pond much easier to capture than the dragonflies and damselflies in the fields and woods.  I think that’s because they are more obvious around the pond.  The meadow and woodland creatures blend in to their surroundings better and I often don’t see them until I’ve frightened them into taking flight and hiding elsewhere.

The dragonfly above is bleached out by direct sunlight.  I think it is a male blue dasher which are pretty common around the pond.

I was lucky and did manage to catch this one out in the field formerly known as the hayfield.  I”ve been unable to identify it.  Any help will be appreciated.

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10 Comments on “Dragonflies on green”

  1. anhinga says:

    You have such a wonderful variety of dragonflies. I love the tiger marked one (last frame). Have never seen one like that.

  2. great shots! I also like the last one, but not sure what variety it happens to be. Great job!

  3. Kathy says:

    That last shot is amazing. You can feel the energy. I feel like pouncing! Really magnificent, Robin.

  4. cismonok says:

    Maybe Celithemis eponina? Check out google images.

    Won’t tell you how much blanched broc didn’t make it to the freezer tho…. 🙂

    C

  5. Anna says:

    Wonderful shots of the dragonflies! That last one is so unique. I haven’t seen one like it before.

  6. Preston says:

    I’ve never photographed a dragonfly before it would fly away. I’ve many photos of blurs of winged bugs. Anyways your last photo is one of Tinkerbell, at least I think so.

  7. Kala says:

    The details on the wings is just fabulous. Lovely images of the dragonfly Robin.

  8. Marcie says:

    These are extraordinary!! Such exquisite detail!!!

  9. Karma says:

    Very cool dragonflies! I’ve heard of damselflies but I don’t think I would recognize one – do they look like dragonflies? I’ve never seen one with those tigery wings before!

  10. Robin says:

    Thank you everyone. 🙂

    Karma: Damselflies are similar to dragonflies (they are both of the same order — Odonata). There are differences in their bodies (eyes, wings, abdomen, etc.) but the easiest way to tell them apart is their resting position. Dragonflies generally rest with their wings open whereas damselflies rest with their wings closed. There may be exceptions to that rule. I’m not sure. That’s how I was taught to tell them apart.


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