Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dragons & Damsels

 White-faced Meadowhawk

This time of year when traveling through fields or woods, I'm almost certain to see dragonflies and damselflies challenging me to take their photos. And if they rest on a leaf or stem at least I have a fighting chance to get a decent photo.  I think these guys and gal wanted their portraits posted on my blog because they stayed put for more than a few seconds.

Northern Bluet damselfly

I am linking to Saturday Critters HERE.
I am linking to I Heart Macro HERE.

49 comments:

bettyl-NZ said...

Such awesome shots! They are so crisp and colorful.

rainfield61 said...

They are beautiful.

They are beautiful.

Beautiful.

Andy said...

Lucky you. They don't stay still for very.

Giga said...

Cute photos of dragonflies, and same time by means red. I greet you.

Revrunner said...

I've never seen the meadowhawk.

Kate said...

Their gossamer wings always fascinate me.

eileeninmd said...

EG, gorgeous captures. I love the color of the damsels.. Thank you for linking up your post to my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

Judy said...

I love seeing dragonflies around the yard. Great captures I'm glad they posed for you.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful takes on both. Dragonflies are fun to watch in flight.

Kathy said...

I've not been very successful at photographing these creatures. They always land on something ugly, like a patch of dirt and or an old paint splashed ladder or some other tool of unknown vintage. Maybe that's why I admire yours so much.

Birdman said...

It IS dragonfly time here too.

TexWisGirl said...

such beauties. :)

Roan said...

I have trouble getting them to stop long enough for pics, but I'm thrilled when I get a good one. These are gorgeous!

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent shots. Not an easy thing to shot but you did it. They usually zip around too fast for me. MB

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Top shot.. color contrasts awesome and pop out beautiful!
Lovely macros!

Sandra said...

we don't have the brilliant colors on ours here like yours do. they are neon blue and red. so beautiful.

Breathtaking said...

Great finds, and photos of both these gorgeous dragonflies.I have never been able to catch them in the act as yet, so well done.
Have a good weekend.

Frank said...

Super captures. It's a great time of year to watch Dragons and Damsels.

cieldequimper said...

Wow EG, these are fantastic!

Alexa T said...

First of all: i am the one who can say that I want to "have a fighting chance to get a decent photo" with any kind of birds or butterflies or... I'm still learning.. LOL ;)
Your pictures are amazing and the infos are so good, because I did not know the names of species... except the one of dragonflies...as a generic one!!
Thanks for sharing with us! And have a sunny summer weekend!

Felicia said...

they are beautiful. I don't find to many around here or else I just don't know where to look.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

i am glad they posed! :)

Gattina said...

Beautiful picture !!

RedPat said...

Wow - they always seem to be on the move when I see them!

Marie said...

That first shot is AMAZING! And I love the "blue arches."

Christian Weiß said...

Beautiful macro photos and dragonflies.

Malyss said...

Great pictures ! those dragonflies are so frail , and gracious !

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous shots! Most of the time they're too fast for me. :)

jeannettestgermain said...

the blue dragonflies as my favorite - but your first capture is stunning!

Lisa Gordon said...

You've captured some really wonderful detail in these.
Wonderful photographs!

Jenny said...

It does seem to be a good year for dragonflies. They are so vibrant and shiny, and so fun to watch as they zip around. Great photos!

Ida said...

Fabulous shots. The Red and the Blue color really stands out.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing shots. Getting these guys to sit long enough to get a picture is the trick.

Ginny said...

Just awesome!!! I don't see any around here ever!! And If I did, I would never be able to get my camera and shoot fast enough!! It looks like they are posing for you.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, we have limited kinds of them here and always hard to catch them in the act(^^;)
Great photographs and my dragonfly lover husband saw your pictures with keen eyes p;)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs to my dear Japanese friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Stephanie said...

You are very patient and steady with the camera capturing these critters. Beautifully captured.

Jack said...

Your knowledge of the natural world continues to amaze me, EG.

Indrani said...

Lovely captures. I like the colors!

Randy said...

Great close ups.

Kay said...

Great shots, so well done! You're helping me learn about these little critters.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Looooove your title EG :) brilliant macros as always.

Pamela Gordon said...

Amazing photos!

Hannah said...

The red dragonfly, what a charming name, White-faced Meadowhawk, is such a colorful fellow, I just love to see them on patrol clearing away the mosquitoes! The blue damselflies are a continuation of the heart photo you posted before, so cute! I used to see the blue ones around water as a child, now I rarely see them but did get blurry photos of a greenish one lately.

Jocee said...

Amazing photos :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love the blue damsels.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love the blue damsels.

Linda said...

Marvelous close-ups!

Susan Anderson said...

Loving these vivid colors, although I'd probably be creeped out if one landed on me!

=)

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful images of the dragonflies. :)

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