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.
f.13, 1/80, ISO 400, 100mm
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.
Utterly lovely poem to go with yet another set of great bug macros.
Thank you, Gunta. Dragonflies are so amazing. I have never managed to capture a truly decent shot of one in flight but maybe one day…
These are great! Especially love that first one… he does indeed look like he’s smiling! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Lovely words and fabulous images.
Thanks, Jen 🙂
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.
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.
They are gone from here now, for this year. You certainly seem to have a very large population of them over there. Do you also see many back in Brisbane?
What a lovely face!! I agree they look like they’re smiling 🙂
Thanks. Yes, this was a particularly pretty one.
Amazing! I love dragonflies but, they move around so fast. ..it’s nice to see one so close.
Thank you! I do admire those who manage to capture shots of them in flight.