First dragonfly of the year for me! That Russian Sage again. Just a magnetic plant. Such a beautiful dragonfly, too.
Really weird light on this one. But I really like the shape of the iris with the shape of the dragonfly. They seem to have some resonance with each other. Really high ISO so there’s some grain in the shot – but it’s full frame and a fun one!
Followed this one around the yard for a while hoping it would land and let me get a shot. Kept spooking it – it was really skittish. Finally it landed on the sidewalk – and let me crawl on my belly until I was really, really close. Only cropped about 10pct off the right side on this shot so it prettymuch filled the frame. Trouble is, it’s on the sidewalk. But you really get a good look at the compound eye. And the sidewalk. And the shadow (again). And the very narrow depth-of-focus.
But it is the first dragonfly of the year. And that matters.
Haven’t ever shot one like this before. Firsts are always good fun!
Had to wait a good while for this one to land and pose for me. Patience isn’t one of my long suits, so… But it worked out, I think.
Here’s a good look at its eye:
Was sure I’d posted this one. Guess not. It’s neat! Shot in June 2020 near the mouth of the canyon. The meadow (and sky) was full of them. Neat time of year.
I like the colors in this one. Looks like the dragonfly and the rock were cut from the same elemental cloth. Or something. The textures are a little weird and it didn’t really entirely reflect what I saw – or, better, the feeling looking at the photo isn’t exactly what I felt when I saw it with my face-camera.
Odd that. Normally, it’s pretty close – the feeling that gets regenerated when I see a shot. Usually quite parallel. Hmmmmmm… Something to ponder.
Probably my fondest wish for the site – that you feel what I do (or at least something similar) when I shoot (and see the shots again).
Saw this one just after the rain stopped today. It held still long enough for me to click several times. I really like the effect on the flower. Beautiful!
Seems like a heavy dragonfly year – or I’m getting lucky with them. Here’s one on a larkspur. Those have recently started going nuts. Even to the point of occluding that one blanket flower that the bees love so. Might be time to do a little unarranging there. This one sat up nicely for me…and I like the detail on the wings.
Took the dogs to the river yesterday in the late afternoon. So many, many, many butterflies, bees, and dragonflies. Had the wrong camera with me – but I think it turned out well.
Took the dogs home, swapped cameras, and went back… But was a little late. The butterflies had nestled in for the night and the light had changed. Enjoy this one, though:
Here are a couple from yesterday. Very, very, very windy and this one had taken shelter fairly deep and behind some culinary sage. A bit arty, but so was the contortion of the photographer – tho not nearly as interesting or beautiful. Hope you like these two.