Wings To Fly

I spent part of Sunday morning weeding the garden [Yes, I was really doing the hated chore that is called Yard Work], noting the heavy prevalence of thistle, crabgrass, prickly lettuce and other undesirables in the lawn, when something buzzed near my head.

Fortunately, not a wasp (I really don't like wasps, especially after several nested in the back of the mailbox and went after me when I reached in to pull out the day's mail - I think I ran screaming around the cul de sac - and yeah, I got stung twice).

It was a harmless dragonfly, flitting around our fish pond - I watched the buzz of his wings as he circled around - at the high frequency of flight, his wings appear to be a blur of blue. The he grabbed one of the Iris leaves and settled into stillness. To my surprise, its wings weren't blue, but clear with black and white spots.

And so the yard work was abandoned for a few minutes because I had just found my newest photo shoot subject...

Keep Me Hanging On

He was a bit skittish - if I got too close, he would take off, circle around, but then find purchase again on the same branch or leaf. I was able to get several decently detailed photos before relinquishing my camera for the garden gloves.

Wings

After some web research, I learned my subject was a male twelve-spotted skimmer. Although this dragonfly is fairly common, I was glad to have captured its amazing transparent wings. And with these photos, I've hit 10,000 uploads to my flickr stream.

Yup, I take a lot of photos.... because I really need an excuse to get out of yard work every now and then....

Jeanne  – (July 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM)  

Great shot of this dragon fly Shirley! I always find these very difficult to capture as they seem to flitter around so fast . This is a really pretty one too!

Barb  – (July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM)  

I've never been able to photograph a dragonfly - too skittish (them - not me). Yours is intricate and beautiful.

Amy at love made my home  – (July 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM)  

Wow, amazing photos Shirley!! I have never heard of or seen this sort of dragonfly before, I assumed that they all had clear wings. Fantastic!!! xx

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (July 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM)  

Wonderful shots of this guy. I love seeing his little feet hanging on to the leaf.

Anita Johnson  – (July 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM)  

They are beautiful, aren't they? Happy Weekend!

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