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Dragonflies: A beginning

September 22nd, 2013

While we were rafting in the Grand Canyon (more on that later), I watched a dragonfly repeatedly fly around and return to the same perch. This dragonfly must have spent 15 minutes flying around and returning. When presented with such a persistent subject, you have to take a picture.  Thus began a new interest Рphotographing dragonflies.

Variegated Meadowhawk – Sympetrum corruptum

This experience turned out to be a bit of a lucky break. Some dragonflies are perchers  Рthey sit on a stick and wait for lunch to fly by. The Variegated Meadowhawk is one of these. Other dragonflies spend all day on the wing, constantly looking for food or a mate.  Dragonflies should present an interesting long term subject to photograph. There are more than 400 species in the US and Canada. Some are found over much of the US while others can only be found in areas covering less than 100 square miles. Males and females have different coloration, as do immature examples.

Since we returned from the Grand Canyon in July, I have made several trips to local wetlands to hunt for dragonflies and have begun to notice that they are everywhere, not just “down by the water”.

 

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