Saturday, 23 July 2011

Dragonfly


I don't do a lot of macro photography as I have never figured out really how to use my camera's macro function.  I don't think it's anything like as good as a DSLR macro lens would be.  Nevertheless I quite liked this close-up image of a dragonfly and its shadow.  I don't know much about them - from 'googling' the species I think it is some kind of Hawker (Aeshna) but that's as far as I've got.   Any dragonfly experts out there?

Isn't nature amazing though?....so many wonderful varieties of flora and fauna, each exquisite down to the tiniest detail.  I've just been watching part of a David Attenborough programme (he's one of England's 'national treasures'!)  about Madagascar on TV, and wow, the variety of life there is incredible. Such weird and wonderful creatures. You couldn't make it up!  80% of the island's animals and plants are unique to Madagascar. (Not sure if the TV link will be viewable outside UK but you could try.)
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I'm shocked at the dreadful scenes in Norway and send my heartfelt condolences to anyone affected by those horrific acts of violence.  My thoughts and prayers too to all of you suffering the extreme heatwave in North America (much as I wish it was a bit warmer here, I don't like it hot - and that heat and humidity must be literally a killer).  Hope you can find ways of staying cool.

17 comments:

  1. You should have entered this one into a competition. It's a superb close-up. I can't tell you much about dragonflies, but I know a good photograph when I see one.

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  2. This is a stunning photograph, Jenny! It doesn't seem to me that you have anything to learn at all!

    Yes, the news from Norway is absolutely appalling! What on earth did that clearky deranged young man possibly hope to achieve?

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  3. Sorry...obviously should read, clearly!

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  4. the world seems to get mad sometimes..Your picture offer a small solace, telling that beauty and poetry are still around, whatever may happen..

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  5. A great macro shot without a macro lens. Just goes to show you don't need fancy cameras just a clever person holding a P&S.

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  6. Well, it looks like you and macro go very well together! What a beautiful photo!

    yes..Norway! Horrible!

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  7. I've never got into macro, but you have got a good sharp shot here.

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  8. Excellent macro shot - so detailed and focused!

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  9. Super picture, must be very difficult.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  10. That is BEAUTIFUL, Jenny. Gotta go, the grandkids just walked in!

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  11. I don't know anything about macros. I just take pictures and look at pictures. Your picture today is lovely. Nice.

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  12. Wow this really is a beautiful photo.

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  13. Excellent photograph, Jenny. I was planing a dragonfly post this week, but I think I'll put that one off for a while. We just returned from a weekend with family, with no TV, radio, or newspaper. I'm just now learning about the Norway incident; I'll have to go read about it. Jim

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  14. Very nice macro shot of the dragonfly, and I have a macro lens on my wish list. Totally agree with you nature is breathtaking, although sometimes Mother Nature's tantrums are hard to take. Then there's man-made tragedies... Yet: did you see the global chain of hands holding for Oslo? They are nearing 1M.

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  15. I adore dragonflies AND macro shots. This is a good one! ~Lili

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