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Dragonflies & Damselflies

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Mating Damselflies

Woot!!! I finally got a good image of a damelfly, and of all the luck, it's a mating pair!! YAYYYYY!!!! This image was taken during the MeetUp hike around one side of Howard Prairie Lake on August 11, 2011.

My First Damselfly!

I know it's tiny...but you can SEE IT!!! YAY!!!! This image was taken during the Rogue Valley Photography hike to Mt. Ashland on August 7, 2011.

Mating Damselflies 2

This image was taken during the MeetUp hike around one edge of Howard Prairie Lake on August 11, 2011.

Damselfly

This image was taken during the MeetUp hike around one edge of Howard Prairie Lake on August 11, 2011.

Oh Hai!

Lucky, lucky me! This spot at the edge of Clover Lake was teeming with bold dragon- and damselflies, and I finally got good pictures of dragonflies!!! HAPPY DAY!!! Both of the shots I put up on Flickr were taken at 35x zoom on my Canon SX30 IS. The brightness of the day made it possible for a high ISO and a cleaner image! :) This image was taken during the MeetUp Mountain Lake Hike on August 21, 2011.

Red-Bodied Dragonfly

This image was taken during the MeetUp Mountain Lake Hike on August 21, 2011.

Dragonfly Molt

This image was taken during the MeetUp Mountain Lake Hike on August 21, 2011.

Male Cardinal Meadowawk Dragonfly!

Be still my beating heart, I FINALLY got a good picture of a dragonfly with my Mark II!! HOORAY!!! I absolutely LOVE these insects, but they are next to impossible to photograph in my experience. My biggest problem is not being where they are normally found--near water. But this past spring I went down to our seasonal pond to see if I might get lucky. And what do you know?! This dragonfly was actively hunting and would make a lap or two around the small pond and then land in the same spot. I'd read about that, so when he took off the first time, I quietly moved closer to the branch, and when he landed again, I was much closer and got a bunch of nice pictures! I'm so excited! I have so many Flickr friends who have countless pictures of these beauties (you know who you are!!!) and I always fall on the floor when I see yet ANOTHER magnificent shot. I'm so happy that I finally got some good pictures of this one (more pictures in the future!). It was also fun figuring out which dragonfly this was! I also learned something--in the UK, these meadowhawk dragonflies are called "darters"! It all makes sense now since I've seen them called darters by many but never knew them by that name before. There are more than 50 species of meadowhawks, also known as skimmer dragonflies, and they are found around the world in the temperate zone, except for Australia. They are considered to be small to medium sized and are often bright red or orange as adults, and gold/yellow as juveniles. Dragonflies are predators and catch their prey in the air and then land to eat. They are also eaten by birds, lizards, frogs, spiders, fish and sometimes other dragonflies! If you would like to know more about this lovely dragonflies, Wiki has source here: Wiki: Meadowhawks (Sympetrum) . I found another page with lots of pictures and information here: Cardinal Meadowhawk and here's another nice page: Seeing Red Cardinal Meadowhawks

Silver Damselfly (+1 note)

(+1 note) above I was so happy this morning when I found this docile damselfly land on a nearby stem. After I took this set of pictures, she lifted up, and soft as a feather, floated down to another stem and I got more pictures, what a lucky day!!
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