Tag Archives: Dragonfly

Orange-yellow Canna Lily

There is a small patch of Canna Lilies at the edge of the big field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It’s a wet spot and the lilies and cattails seem pretty happy there.

Orange Canna Lily with Cattails
Orange Canna Lily with Cattails

This dragonfly found an unfurled blossom a nice place to perch on a hot day. True to form he lifted off just as I was ready to shoot then returned to the exact same spot,

Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly
Orange Canna Lily Bud with Dragonfly

The orange and yellow combination of the flowers is quite attractive, shouting out “summer!”

Orange Canna Lily Bloom
Orange Canna Lily Bloom

Dragonfly on Underside of Branch

This rather large dragonfly was looking for a spot to land and finally settled on this pretty lichen covered branch. In the first image he was hanging on to a bit of Spanish Moss.

Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch
Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch

He then got a better grip on the branch and stayed put. I did not see any insects for him to prey on. It was almost 100 F (37 C) and I wondered if he was looking for some shade. I don’t know what is going on with his tail–it looks like some plant debris was hitching a ride.

Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch
Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch

05/29/2019

Striped Wing Dragonfly

The combination of the sun light and the distance from the perches to the background shows off this dragonfly’s striped wings quite nicely.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

I don’t remember seeing this type of dragonfly before; but recognize the “return to the same spot” behavior I’ve seen in others.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

He left and re-lit on this grain stalk multiple times while I watched.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

5/19/2019 Mepkin Abbey

Dragonfly, First of the Season

First decent photograph, that is. It seems like all of the dragonflies I’ve encountered this spring have been frantic, with none of that rhythmic pause, fly off and return to the same spot routine I got used to last year.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

I liked the first image as much for the seed heads as the insect. The second image is the same dragonfly, on another nice piece of foliage.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Late Season Dragonfly

I’m still occasionally seeing dragonflies, capturing these on Sunday as he investigated a manicured shrub hedge.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Look closely through his wing below and you’ll spot another thorn pointing away from his body.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

An un-obscured head shot proved elusive and the direction of his position may have been due to the stiff breeze we had that day. These were taken in an area that is often overrun with mosquitoes so I was happy to have the air movement.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC 11/04/2018

Pointy

It’s always interesting to note the objects dragonflies choose to land on. When available they often select stationery man-made objects over natural options. Could it be they prefer not to bounce in the breeze while on a reed or limb? This one certainly had an unobstructed view of any potential prey.

Dragonfly on Rusty Fence
Dragonfly on Rusty Fence

This pole is part of a rusting fence that is around a plot at Magnolia Cemetery.

Dragonfly: Changing Background

I was able to get a variety of images of this posing Dragonfly by shifting myself to the left and right and up and down a bit, changing the background.

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The red color was created by Mosquito Fern growing on the pond surface behind the Dragonfly and the green was created by Duck Weed.

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The Dragonfly was very obliging and struck a classic pose on a dead thorny branch almost at my eye level.

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Tattered Dragonflies

Missing part of a wing didn’t slow this Dragonfly down one bit. He performed the usual lift off, turn and resettle routine on this stick at the edge of a pond-side dike several times.

Dragonfly on Stick
Dragonfly with wingtip missing on stick

A little further along the dike I spotted another Dragonfly with a wing tear. These insects are so delicate it is easy to imagine scenarios that would leave them damaged.

Dragonfly on Stick
Dragonfly with wing tear on stick

Orange Dragonfly

A number of dragonflies were zipping back and forth along the tall reads at the edge of a canal bordering old rice fields. This one stood out from the others with a reddish-orange body and wings.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

He stopped on a number of stalks quite near the trail I was walking on.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

There was a good supply of smaller insects to keep him well fed, although I didn’t see him catch any.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Back Yard Dragonfly

In recent years the dragonflies in our backyard have been nondescript, plain black models, at least as much as I had noticed. This past week we have had a steady procession of dragonflies of different sizes and colors zipping around the yard.

Dragon Fly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod
Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod

This one worked on some poses on a dried Crepe Myrtle seedpod.

Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod
Dragonfly on Crepe Myrtle Seedpod