Dragonflies

Dragonfly at the Italian Garden on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 5, 2011.

Dragonfly at the Italian Garden on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

While Betsy and I were in the Italian Garden at Biltmore, I was photographing water lilies when this dragonfly started flying around the blossoms I was trying to photograph.  When I moved to a different flower, it also moved.  I didn’t have the proper lens to get macro of the dragonfly, but I liked the way the wings looked in the sunlight, so I got the picture above.

Dragonfly at the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

A little later I got him in a better pose.  I haven’t had much experience capturing critters like these, but I did like the way these pictures turned out.  I may have to try this again with the proper lens.

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17 Responses to “Dragonflies”

  1. The Incredible Woody Says:

    I love dragonflies. Except when I run into a large kamikaze one while riding my bike! I had a head-on collision with a huge one a couple of years ago – direct hit to my nose. Hurt like crazy!!

  2. Sandra Says:

    he is beautiful and i know how hard it is to photograph these guys. good job

  3. Kathy Says:

    They kind of define ‘gossamer’, don’t you think? I’ve noticed quite a few around here this summer.

  4. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    I agree with Kathy his wings do indeed define “gossamer”! What a delightful capture, George, and not an easy one to get, but you did a great job! Have a wonderful day!

    Sylvia

  5. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    I love dragonflies….and you have captured this guy beautifully!

  6. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Everyone needs to enlarge the second picture, it looks awesome!!! I have been trying to get dragonfly pictures for years.

  7. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    THese are great. I like the iridescence in the wings.

  8. happyone Says:

    I think you did a great job on capturing him. He’s a real beauty.

  9. Neal Says:

    Great job George!!

  10. Karin Says:

    Ooooo, love the photo – such awesome coloring!

  11. ladyfi Says:

    That last shot is a beauty!

  12. madrassi Says:

    That’s beautiful blue dragon in 2nd shot! But its fun capturing critters always, which i like.

  13. Loren Says:

    Amazing little things aren’t they!!! Love the color… Great shot!!!

  14. Tammy Says:

    I really like the second shot. My son just found one “shedding” it’s exoskeleton. I had no idea.

  15. mary Says:

    These are great! I find that dragonflies often like to sit on the same spot. If you find their resting place, you can get lots of photos of them.

  16. Rose Says:

    I really like your dragonfly…I never really notice how pretty they are till I started blogging.

  17. Carletta Says:

    George, it took me forever to be able to capture them as I have so I know how hard this was to get. I think you did quite well.
    I enlarged that first shot and my mouth dropped. Loved the colors you caught in the wings! It seemed like a lovely fairytale like moment. I think it is beautiful!!

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