When I got back from the lake on Sunday, a couple of dragonflies were careening around the patio. One landed on the tip of a dead culm of a small bamboo plant. Chance for a photo shoot; too good to pass up. The great thing is that dragonflies have a favorite twig they’ll return to again and again and again… So I put my things down and crept back out with camera in hand. The first couple of shots were duds. Shooting a bright dragonfly against a dark background – overexposed!
So I sidled closer and took some more shots at an angle. I’m only a few feet away by this time. It’s a male Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans), one of my favorites.
With a few reasonable shots, time to live dangerously. I’ve found that some dragonflies don’t react to a camera lens held close to them whereas they will fly off if I move close. So I switched to macro and moved slowly to the left. I’ve learned to hold the camera at arms length, focus and shoot.
A ‘distance’ shot.
And then the really close up. I’m almost touching him with the lens.
He was quite patient. He did fly off a couple of times, circled around and came back to land less than a foot from me. A real treat!
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- Dragonflies of Georgia: Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans)
- BugGuide: Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) [Male][Female]
- Dragonfly: Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans)