A true sign of summer.
There is something lovely and delicate, yet so primitive about dragonflies. Oh to see one of their Permian ancestors, the meganeura, with their 2-foot wingspans. Today’s dragonflies happily dine on mosquitoes. Considering their non-vegetarian leanings, perhaps it’s best the meganeura are admired from a safe distance in time.
Up here on the mountain, the summer sky is filled with dragonflies. They all seem to be heading southward; swimming and bobbing in the warm air currents like corks in a choppy sea.
Ever try to photograph dragonflies in motion? Their unpredictable flight makes panning difficult and nearly impossible for autofocus to follow. So, this week’s entry into the weekly photo challenge is a bit of a cheat. To compensate for a slow shutter and no motor drive, this week’s image is a montage — slices of video taken in the camera’s movie mode.
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A common whitetail rests on a rock during a cool summer morning in the Ouachitas.
A dragonfly clamps on to its mooring of the moment, an onion stalk.