Dragons Galore

“It is the little creatures that make the world go round.”

Dave Goulson

BIT OF BLUE

BIT OF BLUE

It seems it really “bugs” most of us that there is no more Weekly Photo Challenge, so this week I’ve decided to feature one of the most interesting bugs of all – the delicately-winged dragonfly.  A good friend here on Kiawah is a bit obsessed with these little creatures so after our last photography outing we decided to stop at one of the more heavily-populated marsh spots to see what we could find.

HANGIN' ON

HANGIN’ ON

“The transparency of dragonfly’s wings assures me of a pure, innocent world”

Munia Kahn

Happily, there were dragonflies aplenty. Blue, green, yellow… you name it, we saw it. Their little heads seemed to me as if they were enclosed in a protective helmet shaped much like that of an NFL pro. They’re difficult to shoot because they don’t sit still for long and their travels are never in a straight line. Further, they flutter rather erratically as they fly, making them difficult to follow. But shoot them we did, rising to the challenge as best we could.

LEAF ME ALONE

LEAF ME ALONE

“Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.”

Robyn Nola

I ran into an issue with my Fuji as we were shooting – for some reason the camera was putting a very dark vignette around every photo. I was very unhappy and interrupted my shooting to google the problem. Sure enough, I was able to find that the issue was not uncommon – for some reason the camera had slipped into “toy camera” mode, which once identified was easily fixed. The camera had also recorded the raw file, so all was not lost. The internet of everything strikes again thank goodness 😊.

LIVING ON THE EDGE

LIVING ON THE EDGE

“I love to see the sunshine on the wings of the Dragonflies… there is magic in it.”

Ama H. Vanniarachchy

Incredibly, dragonflies (and their female companions, damselflies) can move at 45 miles-per-hour and can hover, fly up or down, fly backward or forward in either direction and mate in mid-air. They can see 360 degrees around themselves and use 80% of their brain power for sight. In most parts of the world they are symbolic of change and maturity, and to be touched by one is considered a sign of good fortune.

GOING GREEN

GOING GREEN

“I am a dragonfly, rising on the wings of unlocked dreams on the verge of magical things.”

Aimee Stewart

According to  Smithsonian.com, dragonflies have been with us some 300 million years and fossils of their ancient ancestors had wingspans up to 2 feet long. There are more than 5,000 known species including the Globe Skinner, which has the longest migration of any insect – 11,000 miles back and forth across the Indian Ocean. 

One of the things I enjoy about photography, and especially as it relates to  blogging, is that it pushes me to learn things I would otherwise never know. Such was the case this week as I studied this seemingly simple, yet actually incredibly complex and capable insect. Hopefully you’ve found it as interesting as I did!

 

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93 thoughts on “Dragons Galore

  1. And thank you for informing me of things not known about these brainy lookers. They their flying skills they are already qualified pilots and can take over the world should they discover drones.

      • Hi Tina sometimes in life you must accept failures and some failures can’t be fixed. This comment is a fail. I meant something different than what the words said but to explain will take post full of words. Moving on swiftly… I have posted my first independent ( 🙂 ) , photo post about the moon and skewed views Hasn’t found a new “challenge home” yet.

  2. These are absolutely phenomenal photographs, Tina!
    Even more so to me because I have never successfully photographed a dragonfly. 😦
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

  3. Thank you for all that information about these incredible little insects. damselflies??? Really??? I will have to google this one, it made me smile. I know how veery difficult they are to photograph. I often try as we get them swooping around our fish ponds, but have only ever managed to get one reasonable capture. Loved all these images Tina.

  4. I always loved dragon flies including Ornaments or jewelry Thanks for sending me their background Great pictures as usual. Love lee

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  5. Aren’t they incredible? Just last week we were walking through longish grass and a flash of electric blue stopped us in our tracks. We watched for ages 🙂 🙂

  6. These are fascinating! I love how I’ve see parts of the world and the people, wild life,etc. that I will never see in person. Seeing these dragonflies and learning about them was so interesting and amazing! If I promise to be VERY quiet and I am capable of being quiet, may I tag along some time?

  7. I love dragonflies and your photos are gorgeous! I photographed an orange dragonfly in my garden last year, it’s one of my favorite photos. I’ll post it next Sunday. Hope you’ll visit!

  8. Tina, Summer is definitely here when they show up. Leaf me alone a perfect capture! Are there any needle ones ( small version )? This brought pleasant thoughts when we use to catch them when we were younger. Perpetua

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  10. Tina, These shots are awesome! And all the trivia fascinating. I’m assuming you were out with Suzie. 😊 Perhaps some day I could tag along …. and learn oodles from the two of you. What fun. K

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  11. These are stunning captures, so much details. They are challenging to photo.
    Some 300 million years and 5000 known species, wow! I, too, depend on Google search. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing, Tina!

  12. Interesting facts and beautiful pictures of a special insect! I also admire them and made a dragonfly one of the heroes in a children’s book I’m working on.

  13. Thank you, I DID learn something about these little creatures I never thought much of before, or realized how interesting they look up close..

  14. I loved the dragonfly lesson. Thank you for sharing. Isn’t Kiawah amazing for all it’s amazing animals and insects.

  15. Absolutely fabulous images Tina!!!
    I’ve seen so many beautiful Dragonflies recently but they are not easy to capture with the camera when flying all the time. 😀

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