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Back in June, while sitting on the patio and enjoying a coffee and with my camera at my side, something big flew by and landed on a shrub across from me . . .
I should have put something near it for scale . . . but since I didn’t, let me tell you: the wingspan was around four inches (a shade over ten centimeters). The body, from head to tail, about three inches.
I took a lot of photos because I was incredulous of what I was seeing. For one thing, I wanted to have some record of it so I snapped photos as I got closer . . .
I needn’t have worried. This dragonfly sat there for well over an hour.
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After I was sure I had lots of photos, I got in its face . . . and a big face it was.
A good thing, too, because I could see more detail than I did with “regular sized” dragonflies . . . and I noticed something; it’s mouth parts were constantly moving. It brought to mind the behavior of ruminants.
This clip sucks because I got to close and lost the focus for a bit, but it gives you an idea of what I mean:
Since most people won’t click on the links, here’s one of the videos.
While dragonflies are fun to watch, much like butterflies they’re not exactly attractive up-close.
It kind of looks like Dr. Frankenstein attached the wings as an afterthought. Plus, they’re a bit on the hirsute side . . . there be lots of hair. Of course, it could be because this is an older specimen. Perhaps dragonflies are a bit like older humans; their bodies lose control of hair growth and the stuff pops up pretty much at random . . . except on baldspots.
Here, look at this rock while I examine the photos to determine if they are, in fact, one narcisistic dragonfly that’s starving for exposure.
I know, I know . . . too many photos. To be fair, that’s also me trying different processing for different photos. It might not seem like it but gossimer wings are difficult to showcase.
What’s that, you say? You don’t mind near-duplicates? Well, shoot! Here you go, then.
But, just to break things up . . . a flower sans-dragonfly.
There are a number of different species of dragonflies inhabiting my yard (and very welcome they are as they eat mosquitos and other annoying stuff). One has a blue body and I’ve not been able to get a decent photo because it doesn’t stand still much.
This next one, however, posed for me . . .
I like how they cantilever on their perches. It seems like they should topple.
This next guy (or gal) seemed aware of how to properly distribute its mass; no cantilevering there.
Here’s a closeup of those eyes . . .
I don’t know what was his (or her) deal with this pose, but I got the distinct impression I was beeing mooned.
The little devil was aiming farts at me.
Let’s see that again . . .
Here are a few more poses closing out the post (it’s late and I have snacks to eat before I sleep) . . . I know some look like the same photo but they are (in fact) different photos with slightly different treatments.
Here’s a gallery of the above presented in random order.
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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