269: Wings and things

Sunday Signage

I like the idea of something being consistently good, especially fruits and vegetables.  You really can’t ask for more than that from a business.  I took this photo when we were in Canton for the Blues Festival.

For years I tried to capture dragonflies and damselflies (with my camera, of course!).  For years I was fairly unsuccessful at it.  Every now and then I’d manage a decent photo of one, but more often than not the photos were blurry or the dragonfly would take off before I could focus on it and I’d end up with a series of photos of blades of grass or twigs.

Last year I caught on to the fact that dragonflies tend to fly in patterns.  All I had to do was stand still long enough and the dragonfly I wanted to capture would return to where it had been when I frightened it away.  It didn’t always return, but enough times that it made it worth my while to be patient and wait.

There are websites that explain this.  Naturally I had to read about it after I’d figured it out for myself.  I like to learn things the hard way, it seems.

Even with my hard-earned knowledge, it didn’t always turn out well.  I still had more blurry than good shots, and I still missed a lot.  Dragonflies and damselflies are on the move quite a bit.  It takes, I think, a lot of luck to go with a little knowledge and skill.

Yesterday was a day filled with luck.  While out on my walk around the pond, the dragonflies were showing off for me.  Posing at times.

See that amber colored one up there?  I have never before been able to capture one because I rarely see them land anywhere.  This one not only landed, it stayed for a while, allowing me to get a couple of shots, only one of which was any good.  It was, of course, the first one.  It’s almost always the first one, making me wonder why I bother with more than one shot.  It’s a form of insurance, I suppose.

Today’s outdoor time was fun.  M the Younger and his wife were here earlier in the day.  They came by to cook brunch for M the Elder (and for me) to celebrate Father’s Day.  After brunch we all went out to the swim platform in an attempt to get their dog, Bo, to go for a swim.  He didn’t care for it, poor guy.  But we had a nice time, floating on the pond.

Bo, looking less than happy after his swim

The weather is heating up to the usual summertime 80s.  In a way that is typical of this sort of thing, our air conditioner has decided to die.  Hopefully we’ll be able to get someone out here to look at it soon.  In the meantime, I’m staying cool in the basement (where it is always 64 degrees).  This might be a good time to clear out old photos, and organize some of the stuff on my computer.  There are, of course, other ways to cool off when the weather gets this warm…

Just before I was ready to post this, I heard M ask, “Do you want to go for ice cream?”  He didn’t have to ask me twice.  😉

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last post.  I appreciate your thoughts, hugs, and condolences.  I’ve passed them on to M, who asked me to pass on his thank you to everyone.

36 Comments on “269: Wings and things”

  1. Wonderful dragonfly pictures! I especially like the amber one, because I’ve never seen one that color!
    Ice-cream? You never have to ask me twice, either 🙂

  2. Kel says:

    so dragonflies are like criminals who return to the scene 🙂
    handy info for CSI fans (capturing small images = macro photographers)

  3. bearyweather says:

    I know exactly what you mean about dragonflies … I have done my share of standing still waiting for them to return just to get home and find out the pictures did not turn out well (usually blurry). It is a learning process that takes patience. I am happy for you that your time investment was worth it yesterday … your dragonflies are great.

  4. Val says:

    They’re all very pretty but I particularly like the amber one. Oh – and the ice cream sign! 🙂

  5. Wow, Robin, the dragonfly photos are fabulous! And I love the title of this post! Hope you and your husband are getting along in light of your mother-in-law’s death. I’ve been thinking about you!

  6. comingeast says:

    What a wonderful sign! I’m so glad you captured it.

  7. I am so impressed with your dragonfly photos! Do you have a macro lens or a diopter lens?

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Teresita. 🙂

      I have a point & shoot camera so there are no lenses other than the one that’s fixed on the camera. For macro shots, I use the zoom feature (I like the results better than when I use the macro feature) and if needed, I crop. Usually the zoom does it well enough that I don’t need to crop.

  8. Amazing! I could never stand to be around them (the dragonflies) I am terrified of flying insects.

  9. SAJ says:

    very cool shots robin! it is hard to believe you take all of them on a point and shoot!

  10. Kala says:

    All your dragonfly photos are so pretty – especially like the amber colored one.

  11. Wow – you got some great shots of the dragonflies!! I also just discovered their pattern – trying to photograph a group of them on a pile of logs, they would fly away as soon as I got close, but then they would return to their exact same spots – how handy! It’s still early in the day…. but now I’m hungry for ice cream!! 😉

  12. Eden says:

    Cool dragonflies Robin 🙂

  13. ladyfi says:

    Wow – that blue dragonfly is a jewel! What amazing shots!

  14. Mayfielder says:

    A stunning collection of photos.

  15. Love the pictures of the dragonflies.

  16. penpusherpen says:

    It seems the Dragon Flies were in a mood to let you capture their beauty Robin, … and you certainly did just that. … and Ice Cream? oh yes please, … Sigh!! 😀 xPenx

  17. Alto2 says:

    Robin, the dragonfly and damselfly photos are exquisite. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your MIL.

  18. I love all the dragonfly and damselfly shots. Taking photos of them is definitely something I want to try someday!

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