Monday, August 25, 2014

Dragonflies galore!

For several evenings, we've had hundreds of dragonflies in our yard during the early evening. They were just thick everywhere. When I saw how the sun was glinting on them, I decided to see if I could get any decent photos. Ha - it wasn't easy - they moved so FAST! Here are a few shots, though. Those tiny dots must be some other kinds of bugs.

I love how the sun shining on them made them somewhat irridescent!

(Click to enlarge.)

After dark, I went outside to get rid of some garbage, and I happened to notice a dragonfly on its back on the doorstep outside the garage. I flipped it over to see if it could still fly, and wouldn't you know, I managed (unintentionally) to get it to fly into the garage (toward the lights, of course). Here it is on the ceiling:

I chased it around a bit, trying to get it back outside. I turned off the garage lights and turned on the outside light, but it didn't help. Finally I managed to get it onto the broom and back outside.

It stayed on the broom, not willing to fly in the dark, so I worked it onto my finger for some better photos.

It was quite colorful!

And big! These were about the biggest dragonflies I've ever seen.

Pretty or ugly???


Jessica Jones said...

Pretty! Good job "catching" one.

Grandma G said...

Thanks. ;)

annie dee said...

These guys are BIG! We have them around here too but they mostly fly too high and move too fast for me to make out any kind of detail. I happen to like dragonflies! That'a a great photo of the one on your finger.

Grandma G said...

Thank you! Yep, dragonflies are good - they eat mosquitoes and flies and other annoying bugs! :)

Caroline Bedard said...

Beautiful and strange - sort of otherworldly - not ugly! The shot of the one on your finger shows awesome detail.