Green on green.

I spotted this little beauty while walking Jessy by the river.



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6 Responses to Green on green.

  1. Kimberly says:

    Is that a dragonfly? Wow! Nice close up shot. I haven’t seen one that green before. I’m surprised that Jess didn’t scare it off just by being in the vicinity.

    • V.H says:

      Yes. But I don’t know what you’d call it. They are rare enough. There’s a metal in the exoskeleton this is where the look comes from. I remember watching a bit about it. The metamorphosis generated enough heat to fuse it. But it’s cold in relationship with how we have to work metal.
      Fascinating creatures.
      No, Jess is good that way. You can tell her to keep away, and she will, generally. 🙂

  2. Kimberly says:

    They really are interesting. I believe they are only in this adult stage for a very short portion of their life compared to the larva stage. We have many different species of them here in CA. Most of the ones I’ve seen are blues and reds. This one must be an Irish dragonfly. 😉 A good camouflage in your landscape I would imagine.
    They’re good to see around still water because they’re supposedly on the hunt for mosquitoes. I’m indifferent about insects in general, but mosquitoes seem to enjoy feasting on my skin, so I cheer on the dragonfly!

    • V.H says:

      Actually, it’s one of the few times i’ve seen a green one. Mostly they are a metallic azury-turquoise. They are the only thing that renders that colour here in northern Europe.
      We have horseflies. There was Mozzies here. It wasn’t until I did some contracts in the south of France that I encountered real mosquitoes,
      But where you are they are there due to the sheer volume of swimming pools and garden ponds.

  3. Kelly says:

    I love dragonflies and what a wonderful macro shot that is! We have all colors here (I’ve noticed a lot of black & white ones with boxy wings out the back door recently), but my favorites are the greens and the blues.

    Did you have to get down on your belly to get this shot? My dogs NEVER stay away when I do something like that! Or if they do, I’ve had to scold enough that whatever I wanted to capture is long gone.

    • V.H says:

      Not fully on the ground. I have a long telephoto lens so I am able to focus in from ten or so feet. This way the angle is flat and has no shadow.
      They are rather spectacular are they not. I don’t know why exactly but I think prehistoric. I may well have seen a film at some point. If does have echo’s of a 50s B-movie with bad special effects.

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