How to Train Your Dragon … fly

YellowDragonfly1Okay, the title is a little misleading as I really have no idea how to train a dragonfly – these guys just seem happy to pose for the camera for some reason. They sometimes even reposition themselves closer. Perhaps they see beautiful dragonflies reflected in the lens and are curious? Anyway, I have taken so many images I thought I would post a few more.

Seedheadbowed(There is no dragonfly in the above picture, obviously)

YellowDragonflyWings

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Β© Karen McRae, 2013

82 thoughts on “How to Train Your Dragon … fly

  1. Wonderful series, Karen. They are really characterful little creatures. But your choices are what make the shots. I so love the dynamic way you frame your subjects. Like a collision of science, poetry and art. Have to admit you had me trying to find the fly in the second shot before I read your text.

    1. Thanks, Richard. They do have a lot of character, I’m glad you enjoy them. Thank you for you the lovely comments!
      Yes, I guess the ‘no dragonfly’ picture is slightly confusing. ; )

  2. Fantastic little guys! I’ve had the same experience with exhibitionist dragonflies:)
    They would be completely thrilled with this unparalleled immortalization! It’s a terrible shame that they will never know.

  3. Beautiful colors, beautiful shots. I have never seen them up that close. It appears there is a little dark spot in that enormous eye and now I am thinking they follow your movement. Next: a praying mantis. Now they really do follow your movements by turning their heads. Thanks, Karen.

    1. They were very cutely tilting their wee heads when I got up close, maybe admiring themselves in the lens reflection…
      I will let you know if I find a praying mantis!
      thanks for your comments, Judy.

    1. Oh, a macro lens is endlessly fun if you are able to get one. Apparently you can get little macro adaptions for the iphone, I don’t know if they would work on other phones…
      Your work is so wonderfully creative, Ashley. It lacks nothing!
      Thanks for your feedback.

  4. Wow! These are amazing! I love them! πŸ™‚ To see the dragonfly so close and all those details. The fact that you can see theirs wings with all those details! I don’t have words to describe how amazed I am!

  5. We have a workshop on Dragonflies and Damselflies here in a couple of weeks which I have booked myself on to. Hope I can manage to get as good shots as you as we’ll as finding out more about them.

  6. Your dragonflies are very photogenic Karen! I love the repeating shapes, with the wings echoing the petals. And it could only be summer with those colours. You are very skilled at making these beautiful images.

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