I imagine that if I had the fortitude, I could probably capture some really cool bugs….but I just don’t have the time. Most of the photos you see taken here at home are “things” that come to me! I just seem to be so bankrupt when it comes to spare time. Oh, how I wish….
Okay, you needn’t pinch me…. I am here! No time for daydreaming!
A couple of days ago, I noticed a dragonfly sitting on the stone steps out back. I grabbed the camera and Michelle taunted that it is impossible to get a picture of a dragonfly. She assured me they are too flighty.
This is the third type of dragonfly I’ve seen out behind the house this year. I guess perhaps I had never really paid attention before and didn’t realize so many different types live here! I photographed this fellow’s opposite a few days ago…..a black body with blue spots on its wings. This one had a pale, almost baby blue, body.
Here it is again….playing “hide and seek” amongst the gravel behind the garage.
Early this afternoon, I wandered down to the mailbox to grab the mail. As I walked along the driveway, I was suddenly accompanied by three beautiful Swallowtail Butterflies. I watched as the trio swooped about, almost as though playing with one another.
I watched them with interest, but figured by the time I was able to fetch my camera, they would be long gone. I walked down with the Nikon at hand quite some time later, and was totally surprised to find two of the butterflies still lingering about!
I didn’t think either would hold still long enough to capture a photo, but to my surprise, one of the butterflies sat in the shadows of the trees, allowing me several minutes to shoot!
Two years ago, we had a Swallowtail hanging around in the back of the house for a long time. I took many photos of that butterfly, and its wings were so tattered and torn! What astonished me about the three butterflies I observed today was that their wings were perfect. I was told that butterflies loose some of their wings in fights, as they are quite territorial. My assumption, then, is that the three I spotted out front have recently emerged into this world….they are so perfect!