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Finally, Nabbed A Dragonfly I Was After For Years

Posted by: Jim Zablotny on 06/04/2013 - 9:50 PM

I have been searching for the 4-spotted chaser for years and have always missed them. I cruised out to a biologically diverse area in Washtenaw County, Michigan and found this very cooperative specimen waiting for its picture to be taken. So I obliged and it was well worth the trip. Enjoy...........................Jim

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Posted by: JC Findley on 06/04/2013 - 9:56 PM

Coooool. I can chase dragons for hours.


Posted by: Mercilla Camacho on 06/04/2013 - 11:56 PM

It's beautiful. Congratulations😍


Posted by: Fraida Gutovich on 06/05/2013 - 12:12 AM

What a beauty...well worth waiting for!


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 06/05/2013 - 12:16 AM

Congratulations Jim. A fine image. These insects are very difficult to get a good picture of.


Posted by: Billy Griffis Jr on 06/05/2013 - 9:55 AM

Cool shot. I've been into dragonflies for years, no telling how many hours I've spent chasing them. I've even managed to get a couple to sit still while I got macro shots form as little as 4 inches away...that's very uncommon, usually I have trouble trying to get them to let me get a shot with a 50mm from 3 feet...

Guess I need to dig around and see if I have any worth uploading...


Posted by: Lara Ellis on 06/05/2013 - 10:09 AM

Congrats! Wonderful sharp photo too!!


Posted by: Jim Zablotny on 06/06/2013 - 7:50 AM

Thank you. It was amazing out there as I found around 8 species and everything was not too flighty. The 4-spotted chaser is very territorial and this one was guarding a small area around some stems. Certainly, a lens of at least 250 to 300mm plus an extension tube for some frame filling shots are necessary for capturing some of the more shy species. Macro lenses are good for getting shots especially early in the morning before dragonflies are warm enough to fly. My next top ten grab will be the Eastern amberwing--a tiny species that hangs out on perches that are only inches from the surface of the water. Hmmmmmmm, waterproof camera housing might be needed (LOL)................................Jim


Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 06/06/2013 - 8:06 AM

Jim - spectacular capture. Glad this fellow felt the need to pose.

JC - where's the best place to go to see dragons? I know most are high up on mountain tops because most keep their treasure in the mountain. But do they still come out and take to the air? (wink,grin)


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