The Dragonfly – The Lean, Mean, Flight Machine

The Dragonfly – The Lean, Mean, Flight Machine

On a recent photo hike to a local waterfall, one of my fellow hikers stumbled upon a dragonfly.

Instantly, I smiled as I realized that my macro lens was about to be put to good use. Normally, the dragonflies are moving that fast, that you rarely get a chance to truly photograph it.

The fastest recorded speed for a dragonfly is 36 miles per hour! This one was lethargic and barely moved. I never complained, I just started shooting. The closer I got the more I smiled. It was truly a nature photo shoot for the books!

The Dragonfly close up
green and black dragonfly

The wings were wrinkled… a clue we missed that day… for we had stumbled upon a recently emerged out of its larva skin creature. A true find for us!

wrinkled wings

I even moved the rocks around it to get some nicer angles.

Dragonfly face

Its lime green color was opaque and neon… We even discussed how we rarely seen this color before. It was not the iridescent, metallic colors we normally see.

close up of insect face

Did you know that a dragonfly’s eye has 30,000 lenses?

I tried to identify it and the close I could come was it was in the Emerald family.

eye lenses

Who knew that there are 5000+ varieties of dragon flies!

variety of dragonfly

I hope you enjoyed my photo shoot with a very special model.

The Dragonfly looking at me

It was a Macro escape into the hidden world!

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  1. Bethan Morgan says:

    Wow, that photo of it’s eyes is awesome, thanks for sharing

    1. Tina Dean says:

      Thank you Bethan. Glad you enjoyed.

  2. These are brilliant shots…they’re not easy to photograph!

    1. Tina Dean says:

      Thanks Charu. Agree – I was lucky that day.

  3. Thanks, one of my favourite creatures( esp as they eat mozzie lava), so beautiful too.

    1. Tina Dean says:

      Thanks Ronny. They are gorgeous. I hope to get more chances like this in the future.

  4. Those are beautiful shots! This colour really looks amazing! Would the pics be taken in Europe I’d say it might be a Ophiogomphus cecilia, but for sure it belongs to the family of Gomphidae and not to the Emeralds. The Gomphidae family you can easily tell by their eyes not touching each other in the middle like they do in other big dragonfly families. Since it is a very fresh emerged one that is the reason why it was sitting still, waiting for its wings to dry out and get tight. The colours of eyes and body can still change after a little time. Congrats to these shots!

    1. Tina Dean says:

      Thanks Neila. Your comment has been most helpful. Deeply appreciated.

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