Tag Archives: Dragonfly

Coots and a Dragonfly

There were a fair number of dragonflies about when we went to Orlando Wetlands in April, but no closeups as they were over the water or in alligator occupied grasses.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

A good supply of gnats over the Coots’ heads kept a few dragonflies busy.

Pair of American Coots and Dragonfly
Pair of American Coots and Dragonfly

A wider view of the Coots, with palm tree reflections in the pond.

Pair of American Coots
Pair of American Coots

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

October Dragonflies

Going back to a warm October day when a number of dragonflies were flying over the pond and occasionally stopping for rest.

Dragonfly on Dried Grass
Dragonfly on Dried Grass

A few even landed on a tree at a height I could capture.

Eastern Pondhawk on Tree
Eastern Pondhawk on Tree

This pair entertained me as one or both repositioned just as I thought I had the shot. I thought it was interesting that they would land so close together.

Eastern Pondhawks on Tree
Eastern Pondhawks on Tree

Ravenswood Pond, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 12, 2021

 

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