Can you imagine being this guy’s optometrist?
Northern Pygmy Clubtail-Lanthus parvulus
Whoa! That’s quite a view. I’d love to see the glasses the optometrist might prescribe.
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Trifocals have nothing on what those glasses would be. It’s exciting blowing the eyes up to 10x on LiveView and then capturing that detail. I guess it is easier to capture more dragonfly images handheld but this might be a challenge…at least for my shaky hands. Thanks, Todd.
Great Images Steve! Especially liked the head on shot!
Thanks, Reed. Looking any animal in the eyes is a great experience. Not sure that sentiment is often returned though. 🙂
Awesome capture, Steve. Their eyesight must be very good. 😉
I’ve read that their spectrum is much wider than our vision so they see much more than we do, apparently. It’s hard to wrap your head around what that must look like.
A face that only a mother could love—except in this case photographers do, too.
They probably feel the same about our faces…and they can see ours better than we can see theirs.
Terrific closeups. I think it would have to go with glasses, and not contacts.
Yup. Definitely glasses. Can you imagine how much lens cleaner you’d go through each night?
Great close-ups, Steve! The eyes have it. 😳
Thanks, Jane. Gives a new meaning to “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”! 🙂
Or how about imagining being its dentist, to maintain that winning smile after its having chomped down on all those other exoskeletal aerial arthropods?
Maybe all the crunching helps keep the gums healthy and the teeth clean. 🙂
Wow, fabulous images, Steve!
Thanks, Ellen. The closer we get the more there is to see.
Impressive – both the photo and the eyes! 🙂
Fabulous shots, Steve! Dragonflies always make for great photo opportunites, especially if they keep still.
Thanks, Pete. That is true and why I try to shoot them around dawn. But they are more active in the warmth so there are more to choose from.
WOW! Great shot Steve. Yeah, glad I’m not this guys optimist. 😂
Thanks, Hannah. I can’t imagine what compound vision must look like. I guess it’s natural if it is all you’ve ever known.
Hmmm…it’s about 1:30 there, I guess. I take it you must not be a morning person. 😀
😣 Yeah – this is what I look like in the morning. Been a night owl my entire life. Though I’m headed to bed pretty soon. What time zone are you in?
I’m in WMass, Hannah, so Eastern, daylight savings currently. I’ve always been an early riser since I had a paper route while in junior high. About the only time I slept late was after a tough night while in college. 🙂
It’s 4:30 in the morning, for goodness sake!!! You’re awake????
Early to bed… I get up at three, in bed @8:30. Sunrise in the summer waits for no one and now Bentley expects breakfast about then. I don’t mind, I usually am awake for a while before that and just get up. My wife says I don’t get enough sleep but I function fairly well and Bentley is thrilled when we take an afternoon nap in the recliner. 🙂
Yes, my dog Zoe and I used to take naps in the recliner together when we lived in a mostly unheated 100 year old house. Covered in a wool blanket. 😴 The dog and I. Not the house. 😆
That does sound cozy. I don’t remember if we were acquainted back then, but in October of 2018 I contracted West Nile Virus which, aside from almost killing me, knocked me off my feet for 2 1/2 months. For the first few weeks of recovery I could only manage to go from the bed to the recliner. Bentley was my constant companion, the two of us in the chair sleeping the day away until bedtime. He sleeps under the covers next to me. 🙂 He was very disappointed when I went back to work. Although I didn’t spend the time out of work for the pandemic in the chair, he got quite used to several walks a day and being able to sleep on his dog bed in my study while I worked on the computer. It’s like having a shadow which I don’t mind.
What a great photo. The eyes are fabulous, but I’ll confess my first thought was that he looks like a helicopter – it’s that wing effect.
Thanks, Linda. Ha! They do look a little whirlybuggish. (Spellcheck suggested whirlybug fish)
Who says you need to go to another planet to see bug-eyed aliens? I love the headshot perspective.
Thanks, Dave. There is plenty of the “other” here to be enjoyed. I first got interested in insects when I read “Life on a Little Known Planet” while doing my laundry in a laundromat back in the ’70s. Insects fascinated me, although not enough to become an actual entomologist, and I am always happy to find a new to me one.
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