Pink Dragonfly

I think this is a Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthemis ferruginea) but I’m not sure about that.  Anybody out there an expert on dragonfly identification?

I was told by Mike Moats that the best time for Dragonfly images is early on a cold morning.  He said those conditions cause the insects to be very slow-moving which allows you to get in close and not spook them off.  It seems that hot and humid may not be too bad a combination either.

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While we were at Harris Neck NWR in Townsend, Georgia, the butterflies and dragonflies flitted about the rim of Woody Pond but when they landed, they stayed in place for quite a while.  This pink specimen was sitting at the end of a reed and didn’t seem to be bothered at all by my photography.  It probably helped that I was using my long lens and was not all that close but he didn’t move at all, even when the wind occaisionally picked up.

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly
(Orthemis ferruginea)

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Townsend, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/125 sec – ISO 320

Eastern tiger swallowtail

On our trip to Harris Neck, I got a couple of bonuses when looking for bird images.  One was the presence of some cool insect life around Woody Pond where the bird rookery was.  Another, was to discover that my Tamron 150-600 works equally well for relatively close shots as it does for distance.

There were some neat butterflies and dragonflies at the pond’s edge enjoying the wildflowers and sunshine.  I certainly couldn’t blame them since this was a beautiful morning to be out enjoying nature and all it has to offer.

I guess I have to go back to work now but, I can always dream of the next opportunity to see beauty like this and capture more images to share.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Townsend, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 320

Rose of Sharon

I have some large bushes in my back yard that were in place when we first moved in.  These plants produce abundant beautiful flowers of three different kinds.  The blossom in my featured image is a double-bloom pink variety which looks somewhat like a carnation.  The other bushes have flowers that will look familiar to anyone who has been in tropical climates as being a Hibiscus relative.  One of these is a red (shown below) and the other, is white.

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The name Rose of Sharon is mentioned in the Bible but it is not a certainty that this plant is the same one.  This plant is not from the Middle East but is native to the Orient and is actually the national flower of Korea.

I’m not quite sure if it is a blessing or a curse that the bushes I have are self-propagating and volunteer plants sprout up around the parents almost every year.  I have been re-locating some of these to different spots with a variety of success.  They seem to prefer a good amount of sun which can be a challenge with a wooded lot like mine.  They don’t require much care at all and attract birds, bees and butterflies.  The only thing I need to do is occasionally trim them back because they grow to be quite tall if untended.  I look forward to these flowers each Summer and they are in bloom for most of the season.

Rose of Sharon “Blushing Bride”
(Hibiscus syriacus)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/14 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

All Rise

I love the beautiful colors of summer flowers especially when the sun shines through the petals as in this image.  The only challenge here is finding a balance of the light that will keep the beautiful detail of the petals and the center of the flower and still show that great back light coming through.  A tight shot on the eye of the flower helped me control the hot white of the sun.

It’s also an interesting process trying to capture these flowers that only stick around for a day or so.  Have to get it today since it will be on the way out if you wait.   I’m glad that these beauties have lots of blooms so I can enjoy them for more than a few days.  One of the great pleasures of Summer!

Yellow Day Lily
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/25 – 1/30 sec – ISO 200

Bunches of Blue

Another of the backyard flowers that has burst into bloom is this wonderful Hydrangea.  I was looking at the multitude of flowers and noticing how there is quite a bit of variety in those big mop heads.  Besides the nice pastel blue that you see from a distance, there are also white and yellow hues mixed in and when you get closer you see how many different stages of blooming are here.

In this bundle, you can see flowers that are completely open, buds that are tightly closed and some interesting little star-burst stems which I assume will soon be covered with flowers also.  This is one more instance of how little we really see when viewing things from a distance and how much we miss if we don’t get in close.

Mophead Hydrangea
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/5 – 1/400 sec – ISO 200

Details

Sometimes, it’s the details that are most important.  When visiting Lindale Mill, I spent most of my time looking at the vast, industrial spaces and the interesting light patterns that came in through the windows.  It would have been a pity if I had not also been paying attention to the details.

There were so many interesting small things in this place.  Items like the gears and pipes shown here and all the amazing detail of the texture and color that was all around.  One of my greatest pleasures as a result of being into photography to notice these things.  So often, we pass by the details without paying any attention.  Try to focus on this more often and you will be rewarded with many amazing things that other people miss!

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1.3 sec – ISO 800

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Bearded Iris

One of my favorite flowers of Springtime is the Iris.  I have a little patch growing near my front door that is now in bloom and always looks great.  I went out yesterday to be sure I got a few images before they got beaten up by wind or rain.  Somehow, I also got a few waterdrops on the petals just as an added bonus.

Nature is wonderful.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/40 sec – ISO 400