Beauty, stupidity and suffering

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IMG_9873I knew of a good location close to home for these common blue damselflies  (Enallagma cyathigerum) so got on site just after dawn. As I’d hoped there had been a heavy dew which had covered the damselflies making them glint like jewels in the low early morning sun.  In my haste I’d chosen to wear shorts and sandals which was a serious mistake. Despite feeling a few insects bite I was so taken with the beauty around me that I chose to carry on photographing for a couple of hours.  This resulted in over 50 nice large, itchy bites and a lot of discomfort until they healed a few weeks later. Stupid boy, lesson learnt.

This image of a male common blue damselfly was one of the last shots of the day and is a favourite. He turned his head towards me for couple of seconds and I was able to grab his portrait.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: 100mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: 1/350 sec, f8
ISO 400

IMG_9927Coupled common blue damselflies. The dew had been almost completely burnt off by the gathering warmth of the sun and, having warmed up, this pair slowly moved up the grass stem and then flew away towards the nearby lake while still coupled. Thankfully there was hardly any wind so despite the narrow depth of field it wasn’t too difficult to keep them in focus. Later in the day we rowed out onto the lake and were privileged enough to see swarms of the damselflies at close quarters flying low to the water and feeding on the mosquitos. Despite this species being our most common damselfly in the UK, it’s times like this that bring home to me the fragility, intricacy and interdependence of our environment.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: 100mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: 1/350 sec, f11
ISO 400

IMG_9820These two were looking absolutely gorgeous as the early sun struck the droplets of dew.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: 100mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: 1/350 sec, f13
ISO 800

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