Smiler

insect close-up

f2.8, 1/640, ISO 100, 100mm

It’s been a while since I posted a bug shot. Well, at least a couple of weeks, which is a long bug-holiday for Focused Moments! These are shots from 2010, found today while trying to clear some space on my hard drive. I recently heard someone describe dragonfly faces as scary but I think they’re rather cute; they always look to me as if they are smiling.
insect

f.13, 1/80, ISO 400, 100mm

    The Dragon-fly

Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.
-Tennyson

14 thoughts on “Smiler

  1. They might be called “cute”, if those big bug-eyes were just a little smaller. But I agree with the smile on its face — or is that the jaws opening up in anticipation of a big bite?

    • Perhaps ;). Actually, I think this one was injured. Its wings looked ragged and it spent an unusually long time on top of the cane. It is the only time I have ever seen one this colour in my garden, so it might have been outside its natural habitat too.

  2. That would be most of Korea saying that! As you know, I love them — I think they’ve moved to the top of my favourite-animals list! Every day here I keep a lookout thinking I’ve seen the last of them, with Autumn slowly revealing itself — but every day I spot one or two more, hanging in there, and I give them a little cheer of encouragement.

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