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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

Brown Dragonfly

On our photography tour at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center I saw a few dragonflies, that mostly eluded me as they fed at high speed.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

This one took a rest on a nicely placed reed. Just as I was getting in place with a good angle for the background I felt a sharp bite on my leg. Ants! Needless to say that was the end of those pictures as I spent five minutes getting the little buggers off me and out of my shoes.

Dragonfly
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