Tag Archives: Dragonfly

Dragonfly and Two Flowers

These images are from a September walk when a little breeze interfered with this being the best lens for the day.

An immature or female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly perched at the base of a giant Live Oak tree.

Eastern Pondhawk on Tree
Eastern Pondhawk on Tree

I have no idea what either of these flowers are but they had attractive textures, the first with a few petals.

Unknown White Flower
Unknown White Flower

And the second one gone-by, but still interesting.

Unknown Flower Head
Unknown Flower Head

September 14, 2021
Middleton Place, Charleston, SC

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad

I borrowed Ted’s Tamron 18-400 MM lens this morning and put the range flexibility to good use when I spotted an Eastern Pondhawk on a Lily Pad.

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad
Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad (70 MM)

I got a decent closer image of the dragonfly and his shadow.

Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad
Eastern Pondhawk on Lily Pad (209 MM)

And a nice view of the scene without changing lenses or cameras.

Lily Pads in Swamp
Lily Pads in Swamp (20MM)

 

Dragonfly Trio, 3 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

So these are just a duo as the third fellow took off for a minute.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

One of the others gathered some snacks…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Showed off some flight skills…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Then returned to his perch.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 2 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Some more experimenting with distance and f-stops. A bunch of reeds kept me from the best placement to have all three dragonflies equidistant from me, and we were at the edge of a pond so I had to stay on this side.

Dragonfly Trio (f-11)
Dragonfly Trio (f-11)

And them some distraction with choosing different perches.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

And with the dragonfly on the right adjusting his position.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

There was also a little breeze, good for keeping bugs off me, not so good for my experiment as the reeds swayed.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 1 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f-18)

These dragonflies, which I believe are all Four-spotted Pennants, were quite cooperative as I took this opportunity to experiment with different f-stops to see what ranges might be in focus.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

I was about three feet (100cm) from the closest one, on the right in first image. Their perches were about 12 inches (30cm) apart left to right and a bit closer than that in their distance from each other front to back.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Common Whitetail on Ground

This dragonfly, which I think is a Common Whitetail, was going back and forth between a patch of grass and a sidewalk, perching for 20 or 30 seconds in each place.

Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Common Whitetail Dragonfly

He might have been overstuffed with mosquitoes as there was no shortage of them after me.

Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Common Whitetail Dragonfly

ID corrections welcome.

I first thought it might be a Banded Pennant, the described variations on each species are confounding.

Hampton Plantation, McClellanville, SC
August 26, 2021

Dragonfly Assortment From July

Here we are staring at the door of September and I have dragonfly images left from early July. Time to move them on!

Fence pickets make great perches and are at a great height for photography.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

On the other side of that fence a piece of rebar attracted a Roseate Skimmer.

Roseate Skimmer
Roseate Skimmer

A slope down into a pond was covered with little flowers and and grass seed heads for perches.

Great Blue Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
July 7, 2021