Dragonfly rapture

George says I’ve been taking too many photos of hummingbirds (is such a thing possible?) so I was happy to get some shots of this Cardinal Meadowhawk Dragonfly resting on a stick in our pond.

Cardinal meadowhawk dragonfly at our pond

Dragonflies are much easier to photograph than hummingbirds or butterflies in the wild, because they rest often, rather than fluttering from flower to flower and flying away. I’ve noticed that when dragonflies visit our pond they find a surface to light on, and although they zip away, they quickly return over and over to the same spot.

Cardinal Meadowhawk Dragonfly

This is one of my closeup photos of a Cardinal Meadowhawk.


I took this photo of an amazing Blue-eyed Darner dragonfly (Aeshna multicolor) during the Pinole Artisan Plein Air paintout last month. This is my blog post about the paintout and the photo collage that I made using another of my photos of the dragonfly.

Darning needle on wisteria

Other than the Cardinal Meadowhawks, we get tons of these Damselflies in our garden at this time of year. Damselflies are much smaller than most dragonflies, and this one perched easily on a tiny wisteria flower bud.