Gossamer wings gather sunglow while scattering droplets of white morning light and slender grass shadow on still water.
A beguiling ballet begins with a pirouette into the common 'obelisk posture'. The tip of his abdomen will follow the arch of the sun to help lessen the heat of the day.
A female flashes her amber splashed wings and joins the adagio dance to cool her body.
Shimmering wings over water blend sparkling textures to become dragon fantasies.
This fierce predator is cunningly cloaked in delicate beauty to delight our admiring eyes. He eats many times his own weight in mosquitoes and midges each day, so I praise this deadly predator of pond, meadow and garden pool.
Swift hunting dragons fold and form their bristly legs into collection baskets to scoop flying insects from the sky while in-flight. Eating while on the wing, takes 'fast-food-take-out' to a new level.
There are more than 5,000 known species of dragonflies that belong to the order Odonata, which means 'toothed one' in Greek. Have you not studied your Latin or Greek? me neither...
These two have spent most of their lives under water as roaming hungry naiads, maybe one, two or more years under water eating tadpoles, small fish and each other. Most mature dragons have only two or three months of free dragonflight to hunt insects on the wing...mate...lay eggs...and then die.
While a honeybee may beat her wings 300 times per second, the double-winged dragons need only flap theirs about 30 beats per second and may fly at speeds of over 30 miles per hour.
A dragonfly has about 30,000 facets in each of those hypnotic eyes and sees almost 360 degrees around its own body.
A male Blue Dasher threatens an intruder within his territory with a hand-stand display.
Dragonfly fossil records date back 300 million years and some ancient dragons had wingspans of two and one-half feet.
Dragons mate in the 'wheel-position'.
I want to thank my talented sister-in-law, Jean Upton, for graciously allowing me to share her remarkable collection of dragonfly photographs with this community. Thank you again, Jean, you are truely an artist when seeing through the lens of your camera.