01.29.2015 Thinkin’ Summer

Tuesday’s snow has been cleared, the roof has been raked and we got up around 30°F today which led to some melting.  Around midnight tonight there’s another few inches coming in and then we get real cold again, just in time for the weekend.  I am actually starting to enjoy the cold.

That said, I am looking forward to warmer times.  Of course, that leads to lawn mowing, garden tilling and wood splitting.  But it can all be done without looking like a kindergartener heading off to school dressed to the nose with heavy clothing and showing off my best waddle.  I will try to get a selfie of that before winter has passed.  🙂

So here is one of my summer favorites.  I haven’t posted an insect in a while and I think we all like dragonflies.

Clamp-tipped-Emerald-1-700WebClamp-tipped Emerald-Somatochlora tenebrosa.  Another example of not having to go anywhere, this was in my backyard a few years back.

Thanks to everybody for the encouraging words yesterday.  I appreciate the friendships that we share.  I know that most of us may never meet aside from our blogging, but it is good to know that so many nice folks are in your corner.  🙂


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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27 Responses to 01.29.2015 Thinkin’ Summer

  1. Jim in IA says:

    That is a fine specimen. And, the green is rich and alive. Remarkable how those delicate wings are formed and can last so long. Superb flyers. I would love to have seen one of those huge ones from the dinosaur era.

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  2. Steve, as far as bugs go I like dragonflies, lady bugs, butterflies and bees.Maybe a few more that I can’t think of now. I like this spring-summer photo very much.,I always have dragonflies hovering around my butterfly patch and I’m assuming because of the extra water and what ever other bugs that particular area attracts. I seldom see them hang around in drier spots.

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  3. Wow! So gorgeous . . . I, too, am dreaming of summer!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    That green in the upper right-hand corner is almost exactly the green of the room I’m sitting in. Yellow, green and white in combination always put me in mind of spring.

    The dragonfly’s beautiful. I had no idea there were big ones a few eras back. I looked them up, and found one article that mentioned a two-and-a-half foot wingspan. Impressive. I wonder if they made a lot of noise when they flew.

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  5. A beautiful capture…such delicate wings.

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  6. Andrew says:

    This is a beauty, Steve and gives us all something to look forward to.

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  7. You mean that’s not a picture from January in Massachusetts? Darn… or better darning needle, as we used to call them when I was growing up. The scientific name Somatochlora tenebrosa means ‘shadowy green-body’ but “raking the roof” will be Greek to a lot of people.


    • Yeah, remember darning needles, but those are damselflies.

      It’s foreign to my wishes raking a roof. But a few years back we had ice dams form which, for anyone who is unfamiliar, happen when the snow at the edge of your roof melts and then freezes, not allowing the upper melt to flow off the roof. It backs up which then causes it to seep under the shingles. When that happens it can leak into the house which is just what happened here in my study and just missed the computer. So rake I will. As fun as it does not sound, it’s even less so when we have gale force winds while I rake.


      • Ice melt leaking into your house sounds like no fun at all, so I understand your raking the roof. At our previous house the pitch of the roof was shallow enough that I never hesitated to get up there and sweep out the troughs from time to time. The roof on our current house, though, is steeper, and I decided not to try to go up there. Prudence is the better part of valor in this case.


      • I am fortunate that we live in a one storey home with a modest pitch, but I will not go up there just the same. Heights and I do not get along. I will climb a ladder to clear the gutters of leaves and debris, but that’s about my limit.


      • Ah, I had visions of you up there, but you took a prudent approach too.


      • Yup. A roof rake is @12 feet long so I can work while grounded.


  8. Just Rod says:

    Thinking of summer as we pack for Mexico.
    Dragon flies are such a favourite. Except when you see them take a butterfly right out of the air with a loud snap.
    We know lots of dragons are on their way as soon as the mossies become a nuisance. Always a great cheer as tge swuadron

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  9. The photo is like a breath of fresh air … as we await sub-zero temperatures and MORE snow over the next week or so. Beautiful shot. Razor sharp … which is something that I always appreciate. Beautiful colors.

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    • Thanks. We are anticipating the same weather. After it leaves you it comes to us. Tomorrow morning is to be around 0°F at sunup with strong winds gusting into the 30 mph range. It’s 50/50 whether I go out or not. Mary Beth suggests that I don’t and I am inclined to agree but it will be a “game time” decision.


  10. Lottie Nevin says:

    That is a spectacular photograph. So much detail! Wow wow wow 🙂

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  11. This is exquisite, Steve.

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