The patient dragonfly

As readers of my site know, I love photography.  Weston, where I live, was part of the Everglades not too many years ago, and a 10-minute bike ride will get me to one of the last great frontiers of American wildlife.  Sometimes that wildlife can be found in your very own back yard.  A few days ago, I was sitting out back looking at my daughter’s garden.  All of a sudden, a beautiful dragonfly sat right in front of me on a branch of my daughter’s tomato plant.   It sat very calmly while staring at me and studying my face.  Although my slightest facial twitch would elicit a reaction from the dragonfly, it remained still.  Wanting the picture, I ran back into the house to get my camera.  Amazingly, the dragonfly was still there and sat patiently to have his portrait taken.  I never realized until then what beautiful and colorful creatures they are.

Beautiful dragonfly

3 Replies to “The patient dragonfly”

  1. Amazing photograph and natural beauty thanks to technology without which my poor eyesight would never have allowed me to see.

    With this skill, I would enjoy a macro of my face while I take the final in December.

  2. Dragonflies are my favorite creature. The mechanics of their wings is very impressive (able to move all four independently). Love the picture, must be a great camera to pick up that kind of detail!

    PS: On the contrary to Chris I would NOT like to see the look on my face during the final haha 😉

  3. I got lucky. Dragonflies are common in my neighborhood and I saw one sit on my daughter’s tomato plant. I grabbed my cam and took dozens of shots. This was one of the last ones and the nicest of the group. That’s my secret – take dozens of shots and maybe you’ll luck into a good one!

    The cam is nice but nothing out of the ordinary – it’s a Nikon D60 digital SLR with the lens set at 55mm, which is moderate zoom for a digital SLR. I think I cropped further using the computer and slightly boosted the saturation of the colors. If you would like to see some truly spectacular dragonfly shots, go to http://www.flickr.com and search for dragonflies. There are some really amazing photos on that site.

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