Dragon portraits

As my friend Annie Gottlieb and I like to say, predators are always the most beautiful creatures.  Perhaps knowing that a killer lurks inside makes them all the more stunning, physical attractiveness amplified by the spirit of a hunter.

Close-up of a male slaty skimmer (Libellula incesta) perched on a reed (20080712_09282)

male slaty skimmer (Libellula incesta)

Close-up of a female great blue skimmer (Libellula vibrans) perched on a reed (2009_07_19_027343)

female great blue skimmer (Libellula vibrans)

Close-up of a female eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) perched on a reed (20080712_09324_c)

female eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

Close-up of a male great blue skimmer (Libellula vibrans) perched on a branch (20080824_11457)

male great blue skimmer (Libellula vibrans)

12 thoughts on “Dragon portraits”

    1. You’re absolutely right, Ted: they were all taken with a telephoto lens. Though the trick doesn’t pull the kind of details a macro lens would pull, it does give a healthy boost to DOF so I don’t have to stack images.

  1. Oh it’s the eyes that get me every time. Those polished gemstones more beautiful than anything I’ve ever seen set in gold.

    Saw our first dragonflies in the garden yesterday, racketing about the place on noisy wings.

    Your portraits of dragonflies are full of presence Jason. I think these little creatures must have appointed you photographer laureate to their kingdom!!!

    1. You’re too kind, Clive. Thanks! And you hit it spot on with the eyes. Sure, they come in all sorts of beautiful body colors, but there’s always something in the eyes that captures me fully.

  2. The last one is especially beautiful, Jason! I love them all, though (and appreciate how NOT easy it is to get a nice image of these beauties!)

    1. Thank you, C! How right you are about them not always being easy to photograph. Most of my problem is that I get focused on them just in time to see them fly off chasing the next possible meal. Doggone it!

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