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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Dragonflies

Today is our annual national holiday, called Canada Day. But before I leave the microcosm of Durrance Lake behind and go downtown to check out all the festive activities, here are two photos of dragonflies near that lake. I've always admired dragonflies for the silent precision of their flight and their ability to hover. I confess also to a fondness for any insect that is NOT interested in me and dragonflies are suitably stand-offish. In fact it is quite difficult to get close to them because of those big eyes and their shy nature. Until I looked them up in Wikipedia I didn't realize what an incredible variety of dragonflies there are, and I have no hope of specific identification of these two.

The top photo was taken by my daughter, Fern Long, and I am responsible for the one below.

8 comments:

Leeds in Yorkshire pictures - Paul said...

Happy Canada Day!
Beautiful photos of the these wonderful bugs. I have always loved dragonflies.

Susan Jones said...

Love the photos! yum yum.
Thanks for sharing.

ms toast burner said...

Aren't they great?!

Nice to see a shared skill!

Ineke said...

Wow. Stunning.

Al said...

Very nice work on these two.

TheChieftess said...

Great job!!! Love the depth of field in both...and the clarity and texture of the wings...the close-up composition of the second one is wonderful

Blognote said...

You both did a great job in photographing these splendid insects. Well done!!

Leif Hagen said...

HOLY COW! Or should I say Holy Dragonfly! Super - amazing detail and clarity! I love your nighttime posting today also! Regards from EAGAN daily photo in Minnesota