August 5, 2011 at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. A hot day around the pond, perfect weather for this dragonfly.
I went outside this afternoon to shake the bathroom rugs. This fine creature had landed on the clothesline. I had to go to the third floor to get my camera and didn't know if he would be there when I returned. The wind was still gusting and I couldn't seem to get a still shot so I kept shooting and shooting. I shook the rugs whent back in the house and back out he was still there, so I kept shooting.
Irene Survivor—Detail #1
I took one hell of a lot of photos of this little guy (over 400 total). I like the plane of focus on this one, a litttle wing, some leg and the left side of his face all in focus. It would rest for a munite and then lift off and come down in the same area. It looked like feeding behaviour but I'm not sure.
Like a stained glass window, the water just beads up. While I was shooting I started to feel some big 'ol wet drops. I guess the little Dragon did as well because he soon flew off.
I love the translucence of the wing and how it's almost transparent. This little guy posed for close to an hour.
The Eyes Have It!
Out of 400 plus photos, over the span of an hour, this photo is the one I was trying to shoot. Folded wing detail and the texture detail of the eye.
An Unexpected Visitor
Posing for a half hour, I was able to get quite a few shots of this Dragonfly.
What I do know is that dragonflys seem to return to the same location after flyimng around a bit. Unfortunatly for me, it wasn't untill I had followed it around my sisters house several times that it decided to exhibit this characteristic.. Then it seemed to taunt me by fliting from one spot to another and then back again. I finally was able to snap a few shots when it rested on this flat rock for a bit.
A visit with Lily!
Blue Dasher resting on a Water Lily.
Blue Dasher & Friend!
I would have loved to get both dragonflies in focus at the same time but I also wanted to have them both in the photo.
So I shot for the wings of the farther. Notice the little spider on the petal to the right.