Tag Archives: Dragonfly

Dragonfly, Back Yard

I’m not sure why dragonflies bother with these hard shelled insects, not sure just what they are.

Dragonfly With Snack
Dragonfly With Snack

They are pretty small and I think the dragonfly was having a hard time getting it down, chewing and chewing.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Our back yard has hosted a variety of dragonflies this summer.  They take advantage of a few fallen branches I’ve left in the corner.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Colorful Dragonfly Walk

This dike between two rice fields is less built up than most that I’ve walked, putting me down closer to the water than normal. Also unusual is that the edge of the path is a coarse grass about up to my knees rather than tall reeds.

The SC Department of Natural Resources staff had recently mowed the  dike, making for an easy walk.

Dike Between Two Rice Fields
Dike Between Two Rice Fields

I went there April 28 hoping to see wading birds but instead found a tremendous variety of dragonflies.

Dragonfly
Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Dried out vegetation was a popular perching choice.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

A few opted for living grass, and this blade was wide enough to create a nice shadow.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly and shadow

There were gaps in the vegetation along the path allowing me to line up this shot with the duck weed covered water as the background.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Some of the dragonflies preferred perches over the path.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Surprisingly with all this dragonfly activity I was unaware of mosquitoes or other flying insects around for them to eat.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Early Dragonfly

I have seen dragonflies much earlier this year than the last few. Last year’s post  Dragonfly, First of the Season  was May 9th. In the comments of that post fellow blogger and dragonfly enthusiast Mike Powell (https://michaelqpowell.com/) thought that insect “looks to be a female Eastern Pondhawk ” and I am thinking this one might be also.

Several of them were flitting ahead of me on a wooded path and I was pleased to get the image of this one hanging onto a blade of grass.

Dragonfly on Grass
Dragonfly on Grass

Boynton Trail, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
March 26, 2020

Dragonfly Season Begins

And there it was, hovering right in front of me over the pond. My shutter speed was only 1/800 but I took it any way as this was the first dragonfly I’ve seen this year.  He stayed around a bit but my subsequent efforts at a higher speed weren’t as good as this one.

Dragonfly In Flight
Dragonfly In Flight

Nearby a second dragonfly, perhaps an Eastern Pondhawk, kept returning to this log, looking like he’s not quite ready for action.

Dragonfly at Rest
Dragonfly at Rest

With spring just beginning there will be ample opportunity for some better images of these curious creatures.

Dragonfly at Rest
Dragonfly at Rest

Just to round out the scene, here’s the log with the dragonfly about 2/3 of the way back.

Dragonfly on Log
Dragonfly on Log

March 18, 2020

Around Magnolia Cemetery

A walk around Magnolia Cemetery fills the senses with textures and colors and small views are sometimes the best.

Flowers Through Fence
Flowers Through Fence Decorated with Suns

Shadows and lines surround family plots.

Cemetery Fence
Cemetery Fence

Insects go about their business; this dragonfly was sunning on a deteriorating fence post.

Dragonfly on Fence Post
Dragonfly on Fence Post

September 26, 2019, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC