I’ve always really liked dragonflies. I think they are really pretty. But I’ve never been a fan of insects. In fact, you could say I really hate them.

Well, I used to anyway…

Recently, I joined a group on Facebook from which I’ve been unable to break away. I’m constantly admiring the photos that other people are uploading. I’m also enjoying learning how to identify the various species of this gorgeous insect. For example:

A Female Amber Wing Dragonfly

A Female Amber Wing Dragonfly

This gorgeous little girl teased me earlier in the day on Monday. She let me snap one rather blurry image and I was quite disappointed because I have never seen one of these in Florida before, although I was never really looking for different dragonfly species.

After a torrential downpour, I decided to go out with the family, including the dog, to see if I could find any other unique dragonflies (or any cool insect really).

This little beauty decided to make a second appearance, and this time she let me get extra close. She was so beautiful and the way she moved her wings when she perched was just amazing. Dragonflies can move each wing independently, but normally you don’t get to see it because they are in flight and are wicked fast. But this amber wing would perch and ever so slowly move each wing individually. I was so excited that Sam got to see it as well. I wasn’t quick enough to switch over to video to get the action… I was too busy trying to get the perfect shot while being devoured by mosquitoes, but it was an amazing sight nonetheless.

I snapped quite a few pictures, but only got a few crystal clear ones. I really need to practice with the manual settings on my Nikon. But here is another excellent image I took of this little girl.

Such a beautiful dragonfly

Such a beautiful dragonfly

I’m absolutely in love with this Eastern Amber wing. The wings are just gorgeous, I think. Check out this shot I got of her.

She was so cooperative this time!

She was so cooperative this time!

I’m still trying to figure out the settings on my Nikon, but I’m still getting some amazing shots. Whenever I get some money, like my next tax refund, I’m going to invest in a few lenses for the camera. I really wasn’t sure I’d enjoy photography this much, but I’m loving it. I even got a subscription to the magazine Digital Photography on my Kindle!!

I went out this morning on a dragonfly hunt (I know, I’m obsessed!), and caught this blue dasher. He was very well-behaved and let me get so close to him. It was amazing.

My friendly blue dasher

My friendly blue dasher

I saw a 12-spotted skimmer, but I wasn’t fast enough to snap the picture before he flew away. I was very disappointed since the dragonflies with spots on their wings are fairly rare in my area. But I did get an awesome shot of a Gulf Fritillary butterfly, which made up for it. I have a hard time photographing butterflies since I have a stock lens, and I have to get really close to them to get a clear image (hence why I want to invest in a macro lens and a telephoto lens) and butterflies rarely stand still long enough for me to focus and shoot. Dragonflies tend to be a bit more patient it seems.

A fantastic shot, I think

A fantastic shot, I think

That was about the extent of my photography adventure this morning. If you love any of the above photos like I do, you can find these and more of my photography as photo prints and on wrapped canvas (plus watches and a bunch of other stuff) in my Zazzle store so please stop by!! All proceeds go to the electric company so that I can keep my electricity. :)

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

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