Monday, November 23, 2009

Dragonfly & Damselfly

Unlike the grasshoppers and the kind the dragons and damsels are easier to Identify the dragon always has its wings open and it has a pair of wings, by pair I mean 2 on Each side of the body
the damsel always closes its wings on landing. like the last picture in this blogspot.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

The big Dragon is in town.

All the season I hoped I could get a good photo of a dragon and I got one at end of season in the most unexpected of places the center of Luxor town.
I hope you like it. I managed to get it in macro so I could cut it into four sections . but I think its large enough in one frame. after seeing it in the first cut, this is the largest of all the dragons I have seen here in Egypt about 3" in length.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Close up dragons

I was down by the canal at 6.30 trying to catch some sleeping dragons.
Either there are not many about or they sleep down the bank of the canal
not a place I fancy falling into there are a lot of rotting carcases in the canal at the moment.
I managed to find 2 species of dragons and many small insects and managed to get them in macro. see the.
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These damsels are no more than 1/2" in length and are very hard to see, the only time I see one is when I stop to take a photo of something else, IE, a dragonfly.
Todays damsel photos are taken with the macro lens. that means about 3 or 4" from the subject
and needs a lot of patience to get just one picture, not only the lens is in the subjects face but my face behind the camera. its a great hobby teaches patience and that wild life is free anyone can catch a subject and photograph it. I do not harm any of my subjects it it flies away I just follow it, and if I can not get a close up I use the zoom lens, only problem with the zoom is even though most of my photos are with the 85-300 lens I have to be a minimum of 4ft away from the subject. My macro shot of the bird was because it had been injured or so I thought as soon as it wanted to go I let it free.
the next blog of the dragon in the web I could have saved the dragon but this is nature in the raw its always been like this, I only observe and take photos its my pleasure and pastime.

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10/11/09 and I wonder if i will still be seeing more species on xmas day.

Spiders meal time