06.08.2021 Two for Tuesday

While at the pond the first tiny find was this damselfly.  Although very common it was a first sighting for me.

Eastern Forktail-Ischnura verticalis female.

After shooting this I moved along and found what I thought from a distance to be another damselfly.  It was quite small but as I got closer I realized it was a tiny dragonfly.

This Elfin Skimmer-Nannothemis bella, also a female, is the smallest of the dragonflies here in the northeast  and is a lovely combination of colors. Notable for resting with their wings down, it was a contributing factor for ID.

Sunday must have been ladies’ day as all the dragonflies and damselflies I saw were females. Lazy males must have been sleeping in somewhere.

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 06.08.2021 Two for Tuesday

  1. But at least one male photographer in Massachusetts wasn’t sleeping in.

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  2. picpholio says:

    Wonderful Steve !

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  3. Mike Powell says:

    Beautiful shots, Steve, of some really tiny creatures. Your exquisite framing and focusing really allow us to see a lot of wonderful details. As I know all too well, depth of field at close range can be a huge problem and if can be a real challenge to position yourself parallel to the plane of the body of the dragonfly or damselfly.

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  4. Littlesundog says:

    These are both beautiful images, with lots of lovely detail. Sleeping in? What is that? Ha ha! I’m glad you were up early to capture these delicate ladies.

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    • Thanks, Lori. It seems under the best of circumstances you are up before the sun regularly. Now probably even more. The only time I have “slept in” I was sick. So I am in no hurry to do that at all. 🙂 There is an advantage to getting out early while all the insects are cool and not as active.


  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Impressive photos of a kind of dragonflies I have not seen before, Steve!

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  6. Beautiful portraits, Steve. Shallow depth of field definitely worked in your favor.

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  7. These are real beauties, Steve! Nicely done!

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  8. Lovely ladies all around, Steve.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful shots, Steve. I love being able to see all their details close up.

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    • Thanks, Eliza. Being able to preview the image on the back screen of my camera really helps to be sure the details are sharp. I try for all the little hairs and if I get them everything else is good too.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    I especially enjoy damselflies, and this is a pretty one. The details on both are fascinating, and I really enjoy seeing the ways in which their wing positions differ at rest. You’re right that it helps with identification — besides being interesting on its own.

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    • It takes a while, especially for a slow learner like me who doesn’t retain much of what I read, to learn the field marks and behavior of insects along with most other nature subjects. I try to read up before a post to offer something besides a picture when I can. Glad you enjoyed this little forktail.


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