I am fascinated by all the varieties of dragonflies I am seeing in my own backyard these days, and by the sometimes amusing faces, as well as the beauty of those latticed wings.
Summer is here and it is the season for dragonflies. And damselflies, which are very similar. Dragonflies have thicker bodies and dissimilar wings outspread, damsels rest their wings together, parallel to the body. We went walking at Oxbow Park earlier this week and saw damselflies darting by the dozens -- tiny, pastel colored ones resting on the path and flitting away too quickly to photograph; the dark lacy kind above (zoom in to see those intricate wings!) and brilliant blue greens basking on sunny leaves (I managed to get either sharp pictures where the brilliant color only shows on the edge of the wing, like below, or slightly blurry ones that give a better sense of that metallic blue brilliance).
I saw a vivid dragonfly in the prairie grasses last night, but it sped away when I tried to record it. Then I saw the one that remained, just a few inches lower, nearly hidden in the grass, with a golden body and its wings a pale blue shimmer. And finally there is a photo of a dragonfly enjoying the warmth of our fence -- the slightly confusing shadows are due to two layers of fence boards.
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"