Damsels & Dragons (Original Photography)


One of the greatest challenges for me is finding and photographing dragonflies. They are really fast! They also seem to be a bit camera shy. I've discovered the focus on my camera isn't fast enough to get them in flight, but I did manage to get a few when they landed.

Like a WW1 Biplane]()

Dragonflies are really quite incredible to watch. Their double wings make them incredible agile and even allow them to hover in place. I've heard from a few sources now that dragonflies are one of the most efficient predators on Earth, able to capture something like 98% of the prey they pursue.


You would think being a bright red bug would make you a target. This one was landing on the tops of tall reeds in clear view so, apparently, they aren't too concerned about becoming food.

Scourge of the Skeeters]()

This one kept zooming off and coming back within a couple seconds, having captured another mosquito or gnat. Proficient killing machines, indeed!

While looking for them, I initially came across the damselflies. These are similar in appearance to dragonflies and are closely related, However, instead of the double wing, they have a single pair of wings. I don't know how effective damselflies are at catching prey, but they certainly seem less maneuverable and are unable to hoover. They're still fascinating to look at, though!

Jewel-wing Damselfly]()

There were actually quite a few damselflies. I wouldn't have been able to get close enough with a macro lens, though. They're a bit skittish. Fortunately, they're also rather large, so the 70-200mm lens was perfect for them and the dragonflies both.

Not In Distress]()

The jewel-wings are black, but reflect an iridescent bluish color in direct sunlight. Why can't I get a car that color?!

I'm using Steempeak to schedule this post for Monday morning. I would normally manually post, but will be driving into the heart of Wisconsin for an interview!

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Comments 12

WOW you got some awesome shots of them, and I agree they are so hard to capture they keep teasing me and flying away as soon as I am about ready to get a shot :)

09.07.2019 22:19

Thanks! I've been trying for in-flight shots, but they're much too fast and unpredictable.

11.07.2019 16:59

Ohhh in flight shots are such a challenge I don’t think I have ever got a good shot of one of them in flight

11.07.2019 17:11

I love dragonflies! I had to work near a nest of them and it made me smile being dive-bombed by them because of the weird sound of their wings.

I'll have to check out Steempeak and let us know how your interview goes!

10.07.2019 05:12

Ha! That sounds fun. I like seeing them kill those evil mosquitos. The crimson scandragon was huge and made a cool sound when flying.

11.07.2019 16:51

Gorgeous photos. My little Lumix just gives me blurry color blotches that I can use for something else. They are fascinating creatures. I should go online and see, I'm sure there are slow motion videos of them flying. Must be able to turn one set of wings like a hummer, to switch in place and hover. Nature never ceases to amaze. I remember something from Bio class about how they make a basket with their legs to catch bugs. Such a machine they are.

Good luck in the interview, and if it's over now, hope you got what you want.

10.07.2019 19:11

Thanks! I'm not sure how they do it, but they are pretty incredible to watch. I don't think their wings articulate as much as a hummingbird, but it's possible the back set can negate the forward movement. However they do it, they are quite the acrobats.

11.07.2019 16:57

Great shots.

10.07.2019 20:28


11.07.2019 16:57

Howdy sir fotosdenada! Those are some great shots, I know those things flit about really fast unless they're hovering.

How did the job interview go?

13.07.2019 02:39

Thanks! The interview went well, but I'm not sure whether to accept the position or not.

14.07.2019 03:37

What is the position?

14.07.2019 04:01