08.02.2021 Macro Monday-Unexpected Encounter

After a quick dawn shot this morning, I headed back to the Brickyard meadow to see what sort of dewy subjects I might find. There were plenty of Common Wood Nymphs once again and more dew drops…or maybe they should be called fog drops.  At any rate, I was not expecting to see many insects on the wing at 60° and with everything wet.  But there were a couple and the prize was this damselfly.  There was also a cranefly I am pretty gassed over but I haven’t nailed the ID yet.

Despite having a few shots of the Common Wood Nymph from the other day I lined one up but was distracted, which I am easily, by a fluttering.  It was this Female Slender Spreadwing- Lestes rectangularis landing on a convenient perch.  The cool temperature must have caused her to sit for me as she didn’t move at all.

Another image that was worth the knee high soaking the meadow provided.

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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26 Responses to 08.02.2021 Macro Monday-Unexpected Encounter

  1. picpholio says:

    Maybe unexpected but beautiful for sure 😉


  2. Very nice Steve! Great image! Enjoyed seeing it!

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  3. Once again you got excellent parallelism.

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    • Thanks. One expects the dof to be very shallow with a macro lens close up but with the doubler on the distance is much greater so a lot more of the subject falls into the plane of focus. I am not sure I will use the 180 without the TC very often. I’ve only done a couple of flowers with it but it seems good for that as well.


  4. I think she must have bewitched you with those eyes of hers! 🙂

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  5. Excellent capture, Steve, and I’d agree well worth getting wet!

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  6. Wow! I think that would be a little scary for me to encounter. Nice detail.

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  7. Gallivanta says:

    She’s a beauty.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Beautiful! Absolutely worth a soaking. I love the delicacy of damselflies.

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    • Thanks, Todd. I really was so rapt that I didn’t notice how wet I was until I got back to the car. I didn’t remove my boots before shopping which was good as the dry lower legs and wet thighs would definitely have garnered some stares. 🙂 They really are delightful insects.


  9. That is a real beauty, Steve! Nice find and photo.

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  10. Ann Mackay says:

    What a beautiful creature – worth getting wet legs for!

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  11. Flippin’ ‘eck, Steve. Can you pull a rabbit from a hat too?? Absolutely magical!!

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