Dragonfly, that is. Spotted this little fellow yesterday at the Renaissance Faire, and he kindly sat long enough for me to snap a shot of him.
Nice shot, love the way the light glints off the dragonfly’s wing. What camera/lens did you use?
camera is a canon 60D, I was using a borrowed zoom lens and I don’t remember which one it was. I may be buying it so I could tell you in a week or so.
It was very kind of him to sit still. Congratulations on capturing the image. It’s still rare to see dragonflies around here… Ontario banned the use of pesticides and herbicides on residential properties a few years ago, so we’re getting a lot of insects back that have been missing for a long time. At night I can’t go twenty minutes, for example, without walking through a cluster of fireflies. Hopefully the dragonflies will be back soon.
Glad to hear you’re getting a return of the bugs, beetles creep me out to no end but I understand they are generally pretty needed in an ecosystem. I love lightning bugs (as we call them here) and miss seeing large swarms of them now that I live in a city.
The property this was taken at is only used for a few months out of the year and only heavily trafficked on weekends so there are an amazing number and variety of dragonflies there.
I hope you soon have the same!
Lovely image. I’ve been drawn to using a dragonfly as an avatar. Dragonflies are one of nature’s shape shifters as they inhabit two realms, air and water. Dragonfly is a magical totem to some, signifying our ability to transform ourselves.
Thank you Time Thief, and I never knew they were totemic to some people.
They are amazing little critters, even the larva (who live in water) are fantastic predators, but seeing the beautiful adults zipping about catching flies midair is always awe inspiring. We need more places like the Bristol grounds where while it is heavily trafficked on a regular basis it spends most of the time acting as a reserve for the micro-ecology.