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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dragonfly Rubs its Eyes






If you've been visiting here for a while, you'll remember my love affair with the dragonflies and damselflies of the Olentangy River. Since I don't live quite as close to the river anymore, I just can't walk for five minutes and photograph one of my favorite photographic subjects. But while we're here in Maine, well, I'm getting reacquainted with my good buddies.

One of the things that I have seen but never photographed, until yesterday, was the rotational head movements that dragons do as they seemingly clean off their eyes. It happens in and instant, and is just so cool to watch these stiff bodied animals suddenly twist and turn their globular head. The sequence above is from a dragon resting on the sand driveway. I'm not sure of the species, but it looks like a type of skimmer.

A rainy day today, so not many dragons will be flying. But tomorrow, it will be sunny, and I'll be pulling out the dragon lens once again.

Tom

5 comments:

  1. Great shots Tom, I don't think there is any way I could get a shot like that, I have absolutely no patience ans give up way too easy !!

    Wonderful work !!

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  2. Beautiful work! I agree with the above comment, such patience.

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  3. Wow...I've never seen them do that. Great shots! You must have been very patient to get that.

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  4. This is a wondrous sequence - something I've never seen , so I appreciate your photos. Have a good time with Family.

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  5. Thanks Bernie- Dragonfly images does take quite a bit of patience. I really like to macro stuff, the setup can be tedious (although this shot was handheld with natural light) but the rewards can be great.

    Belinda- Thanks so much. I was was also lucky!

    Thanks Mary, keep a lookout for them to twitch their heads.

    Thanks Barb! We had a great time in Maine.

    Tom

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