Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Dragon

I arrived home from work this week to find a beautiful Dragon resting. I had ripped off about 2 gigs worth of photos before he flew off. I have posted some of my favorites.

Also, I have included some wikipedia information.

A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from,and perpendicular to, the body when at rest.

Dragonflies typically eat mosquitoes, midges, and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies. They are therefore valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects.

The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as four months.

I hope you enjoy the photos!



BG said...

Fantastic captures! Awesome progression.

Did you shoot the bugs when the wings were power-up? or were they still?

JayMorr said...

Thanks Bry! All of these shots have been taken while the Dragon has been still and not moving. I have been trying (I mean reallllllly trying) to capture them in mid flight. The problem I am having is that 1. The larger adult Dragon Fly gets spooked easily which has me shooting them with my 400mm fully zoomed. 2. The 400mm Tokina lens is a nice lens but is not super quick. Trying to capture these guys in flight with their speed is difficult. However I am still trying.


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