Not about everything

July 20, 2007

I said “thank you” to an insect

Filed under: biology,nature,photography — takaita @ 19:49
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It’s true, I am into dragonfly photography. It must have started last summer, when I discovered a population of Banded Demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens) quite close where I live. Amazingly that is in the middle of a city. At least I think it is amazing. Such pretty blue-winged damselflies are supposed to live in far-away countries or areas that can only be accesed with great difficulty. Now I just come home after work, take my camera and after a short walk over paved streets they are there.

That was last summer. This year they were back. The damselflies I mean. Last summer I made hundreds of photos (most of them not worth keeping). This year I found another spot close by with dragonflies, with other species. So I have divided my attention, resulting in a lot less photos of the Banded Demoiselles. I know that the year is not over yet, but the Banded Demoiselles have had their peak, now there are only a few of them, sometimes.

On one of the days that I visited “my” population, I saw a male Banded Demoiselle sitting in the sun on a leaf. As I approached with my camera it tried to hide, but then it probably made up its mind and decided that I was harmless. It just sat there and it let me photograph it.

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

After I was finished taking photos, I looked at the damselfy still sitting there, and I said aloud “thank you”. Then I realized it was stupid to say that to an insect. But I meant it anyway.


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