Patient Dragonfly

As I was walking across the front of my house yesterday afternoon I saw a dragonfly ambling along amongst the roses. He (or she?) paused on a blossom and didn’t show signs of flitting right off again. Perfect photo opportunity. Naturally, I had left my camera on the kitchen counter. I sneaked into the house and hurried back, lest Mr Dragonfly decide he’d rested enough. I walked up carefully to the spot where he’d been – and he hadn’t moved at all!

I clicked a couple of ‘safe’ shots before I got too close, just in case I scared him away.

Red Dragonfly 1

As I got a little closer I was sure he was going to fly off, but no, he didn’t move at all, not even the tiniest wing flutter. This was One Tired Dragonfly!

Red Dragonfly 2

After I realized this guy wasn’t going anywhere I decided to get as close as I could. Here are the results:

Red Dragonfly 3

Red Dragonfly 5

Red Dragonfly 4

I was excited about how perfectly clear the last one came out. Especially once I zoomed in on it.Red Dragonfly Close

My only slight regret was that I wasn’t shooting in RAW mode. I’ve been switching back and forth lately to weigh the advantages of the RAW format versus the time and hassle of converting over every image once it’s on the computer. That, however is a topic for another post entirely.

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