Posts tagged “insect

A little dragonfly

A dragonfly - 2014 © Christopher Martin

This dragonfly flew by me when we were at a friend’s wedding near Osoyoos.  I took that to be a good sign and was not surprised in the least that it turned out to be a great day.


Butterflies on the West Fork Trail


Hiking along the West Fork Trail in the Coconino National Forest in June was a nice break from the heat of Sedona’s red rock landscape.  This trail winds up Oak Creek which streams down a long canyon which is both deep and narrow allowing it to provide shade through much of the day and creates a cool oasis to enjoy.  I had some great landscape image opportunities during my walk which made it a great outing for me.

At one turn in the path, I came across a large flight of butterflies feeding at a large patch of wildflowers.  The orange and black wings stood in sharp contrast to the flowers and the dark foliage.

My daughter loves butterflies and moths so I was happy to spend a few minutes to capture a few images she might like.  One of many nice surprises along this casual path through the rocks.


Flights of the dragonflies

(please click on an image for a sharper, higher resolution version)

While waiting on the lake at Wild Rose for a heron to drop out of the trees and do something (ideally fly towards me and then start fishing closely 🙂 I enjoyed watching the dragonflies that were buzzing in and out of the grasses along the shore around me.  The courting seems to be in full swing so there are wild chases along the water, hovering showdowns and kamikaze dives.

I end up turning my lens away from the bird and towards these far more cooperative fliers.  Here are a few images of some of the dragonflies that I was able to photograph and keep in focus.  It was very tricky using a long telephoto (500mm with a 1.4x extender) to get them sharp but the ones that turned out made me pretty happy.