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Posted by
Spike (not Bristol, United Kingdom) on 16 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I can't believe it's gone half-past-August already. Mentally, I'm still just getting geared up for April.


The rainclouds have gone away for a couple of days (but only that), so I managed to escape to the Arboretum for a few hours. The main aim was to get used to a new toy. This, however, isn't it.

The dew pond is home to a range of little critturs, of which these are probably the most engaging. This is a Southern Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea), one of half a dozen or so that patrol the general area, occasionally getting into dogfights or investigating new things.

They're very inquisitive, and if you stand still for a few minutes, they'll come quite close to check out the strange looking tree that's suddenly appeared. They're also very infuriating, apparently able to detect when a lens is coming into focus or a shutter is about to fire and dodge away. The best bet is to watch where their regular patrols take them, focus on one of the stations, and wait.

Tech stuff: OM 100mm, f/5.6, on-camera flash; focused to about 1 m. This is a crop of about 1/3 frame.

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

Bear from Cambridge, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot. Just beautiful. Amazed you managed to capture it- they move so fast! Might have to try your technique next time I have a trip to Wicken fen.

16 Aug 2010 8:39am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

A brilliant shot, a living helicopter

16 Aug 2010 10:04am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

fantastic capture!!
really not easy toget this kind of result
Bravo ;)

16 Aug 2010 10:15am

Catherine Moore from South Korea

great macro ^^ good info and how to catch one like this - I'll try

16 Aug 2010 11:46am

marc from Granby, Canada

wow splendid capture not easy to do.....

16 Aug 2010 2:12pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hi, Spike ! This is an excellent and dynamic shot !

16 Aug 2010 4:25pm

Lotte from Odder, Denmark

Very well done they are so fast these dragonflies. Beautiful !

16 Aug 2010 9:14pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Cool close up

16 Aug 2010 10:21pm