After reading the blog over at It's All Good and then following his link to Stolen Moments and seeing the beautiful photographs there (including the ones of dragonflies, hummingbirds, and kitties), I realized that I haven't ever posted my own dragonfly photos.
So on this gorgeous Saturday, I'm posting my favorite dragonfly photos that I've shot here at Rosehaven Cottage out by our pond.
"Dragonfly Silhouette" (at left) was chosen to grace the homepage as part of the photo rotation of PhotoShelter (which made me very happy!). This little guy was trying to beat the heat on a 100 degree day. He was just "chilling" on a canna lily bud. Everytime I got a little too close, he'd fly away, circle the pond a few times, and then land right back in the same spot. It made it much easier than most photography sessions of wildlife and insects. I was able to get some beautiful shots because he was so compliant and loved that canna lily bud so much.
"Monet Dragonfly" (below) was taken during the same photo session. I didn't have to do any post-production tweaking to get the amazing "Monet" effect that I was surprised to find once I got back to the computer. Those are our own lily pads in the background that create this lovely effect. And the color was just this way when I got back inside. I only had to lighten the photo a little bit and do some post-production cropping. Sometimes digital photography is full of great surprises.