Variegated Meadowhawk   1 comment

Jim Carretta shot this female dragonfly in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, northeast of San Diego. Here’s his story:

This dragonfly would not co-operate.  It could not be approached from above or eye level, as it would fly off every time I got close.  So I started by laying on my back and photographing it from about 3 feet below, SLOOOWLY raising my arm and pushing the shutter.  Mostly, I was getting photos of blue sky, a piece of a blurry dragonfly, or just the branch.  I couldn’t reach the tip of the branch that way.  So I started to raise myself up on one arm, like a yoga-plank pose, one arm anchoring me, the other reaching up towards the sky, my body diagonal to the ground, my right hand only a few inches from the dragonfly.  It took about 10-12 shots before I got this one.

Underexposed by one stop to capture the blue sky!

Camera: Olympus 850 SW Stylus
Settings: 1/400 sec, ISO 64, f/5.6

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Variegated Meadowhawk

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  1. Nice Shot……

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