What has amazed me most about this past summer has been the amount of dragonflies that have populated our front yard landscaping.
There’s really nothing special about the plants and weeds growing in our front bed.
But for some reason, blue dashers (like Li’l Blue D-Fly and the red-eyed dragonfly) have enjoyed their stay here . . . much to my photographic gratitude!
Every day I look out our front door to see if any flyers are paying us a visit. Recently we had a couple newbies stop by.
This damselfly, a dragonfly cousin, caught my eye with its wide-apart pair of peepers!
The critter was so tough to photograph amid the mulch, but that does allow it to stay safer.
On the same day that I spotted the damselfly, a large, brown dragonfly also made a short stop. It settled on a rose bush, allowing me to get a close look with my Nikon D300, Nikon 70-200mm lens, and Nikon 1.7x teleconverter. Ain’t it a beaut?
When I went back inside the house and into my office, I glanced out the window and could still see the big dragonfly hanging around. So I grabbed my Nikon D700 and Nikon 105mm macro lens and snapped off a few more pix though the glass.
Adult dragonflies don’t have a long lifespan—after just a few months they’ve met their maker. It gladdens my heart that some of them prefer to spend some of those short moments in our front yard . . . making me smile.