Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dragonflies

Here are some dragonfly pictures taken on different days in October near Sabino Creek.

I am learning that dragonflies can be hard to identify.




Flame Skimmer?






Neon Skimmer?


Some kind of damselfly...a spreadwing maybe?


However, this filigree skimmer was easy for me to name since Chris at Las Adventuras had already done the work of identifying one like it for his blog.





Filigree Skimmer

With wings resembling skeletonized leaves, it seems the filigree skimmer has the perfect camouflage for this wooded area.



And finally, this large dragonfly that landed on a boulder might be a serpent ringtail...perhaps.




Well, no matter what they're called, I think dragonflies are cute!

24 comments:

rainfield61 said...

The Filigree Skimmer is quite rugged.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Wowza! Great shots. I am macro challenged. Are you still using your Canon for this? Because they are marvelous! I know Magpie will love them!

Diane AZ said...

Hi Tracy, Yes I'm still using the Canon point-and-shoot. Rather than choosing macro, I shot these from far away and zoomed way in.

Giga said...

Ważki są śliczne i nie ważne dla mnie jest rozpoznanie ich, ale widok. Zrobiłeś im cudowne zdjęcia. Ta ze skrzydełkami podobnymi do listków jest niesamowita. Pozdrawiam.
Dragonflies are beautiful and important to me is to recognize them, but the view. They've done a wonderful picture. This with wings similar to the leaves is amazing. Yours.

Gaelyn said...

They are so diverse.

angryparsnip said...


No Matter how you do it, your photos are so clear and wonderful.
I have noticed this year, besides the Butterflies the Dragonflies are everywhere.

cheers, parsnip

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Wow Diane ! An exquisite series of dragonfly images.Each one is unique in color and wing & body designs. Dragonflies remind me of miniature helicopters.
Have a great day. Ram

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Diane, Great photos. I love watching these little guys--especially up close and personal. You got some great shots of them.
Hugs,
Betsy

Nat said...

These are fantastic photos, Diane!

Magpie said...

Tracy's right...Magpie loves these! Do you put them into a trance to get them to stay still for you? :) These are wonderful - as you said - no matter what they're called.

Alicia said...

Great photos! I haven't seen a dragonfly in ages but I remember them from my childhood growing up in Arizona!

Barb said...

So many dragonflies there in the desert! (They do have cute faces.) I see you're going to be Grandma again. Congratulations!

Rosengirl.. said...

What a beautiful colors..great work..

Martha Z said...

Great images, Diane. They never sit still long enough for me to get a shot like these.

Darla said...

I absolutely adore dragonflies ... don't you feel like there's something mystical as well as primordial in their energy? Okay, I admit I also adore them because of their huge appetite for mosquitos (who, I am sad to say, are one of those insects I find it very difficult to admire).

Loree said...

Wow. These images are so lovely. I really like dragonflies. They are so quirky.

Rohrerbot said...

Diane, these are great pictures. I love all of them. Flame skimmer yes. Neon skimmer....I think. I just got one on camera yesterday and it was gorgeous. Dragonflies are a little bit of perfection....and Sabino has so many wonderful ones flying around.

I love that we cover our different areas. And I want to thank you for that ID on the Trans Peco Morning Glory:) It saved me hours researching! Have a good weekend. Chris

Debbie Lo said...

My, my, the wings of the skimmer looks like a wrought iron design OR like they were cross stitched on some very sheer lace! It is absolutely amazing how intricate and detailed the designs of Mother Nature can be, most times solely to cammoflage an animal. Really neat!

Self Sagacity said...

Amazing that you're able to find so many different kinds, the last one is very interesting to me.

JDS said...

When you pay attention, you realize that dragonflies look cooler than most people would ever consider giving them credit for.

betchai said...

as always, really beautiful and inspiring images, Diane, the details in the dragonfiles are awesome.

Janie said...

Great shots! You've captured magnificent detail.

Julie said...

Dragonflies are so sweet! No matter, it is always a fun moment when you get to see one!

Betty Manousos said...

amazing close-ups, dear diane.

ah, your photos are always worth the look!

big hugs~