Imagine Dragonflies

Eaves Wood – Waterslack – Hawes Water – Gait Barrows – Moss Lane – Red Bridge Lane – The Row – Hagg Wood


Hawes Water.




Speckled White.


Common Darter.




Common Darter.




Hart’s-tongue Fern.






Another Speckled Wood.






Tawny Mining Bee (?) on Devil’s-bit Scabious.


Migrant Hawker.

A lazy, local walk at the tail end of the summer holidays when the hot, sunny conditions recalled the beautiful weather from earlier in the year. Once again, there were huge numbers of Darters about and lots of Speckled Wood butterflies and I took a ridiculous number of photos of both. There were lots of larger dragonflies about too, but, frustratingly, they wouldn’t pose for photos. On several occasions I almost caught one during a brief pause, perched on bracken or a branch, but, somehow or other, always contrived to miss the moment. I’d almost become resigned to failure, when this beauty flew over my shoulder and landed high on a tree ahead of me. I got one chance and then it flew again. But it made my day.

Imagine Dragonflies

5 thoughts on “Imagine Dragonflies

  1. I’m always completely lost in my own head when walking solo so I never notice stuff like this although I love to see dragonflies. I was scared to death of them as a kid. I guess I thought they had a sting.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Interesting that. I’m sure that somebody told me that they have a vicious bite. I think it may be a popular myth/misconception. I tend not to think about anything other than what I’m looking at – on the good days anyway!

  2. I can’t get anywhere near the sharpness of your photos with my Panasonic TZ100. It is of course only a compact, but it wasn’t cheap, and I wonder if I’m doing something wrong by failing to interpret the macro instructions in the difficult user’s manaual.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I also have a panasonic, a TZ200. I find the macro setting almost useless. My old olympus was much better in that regard (but not otherwise). I use the telephoto at it’s maximum zoom and then make sure that I am at least a metre away. It’s hit and miss, but if you take plenty of photos, some of them come out sharp. I found a brilliant Youtube channel dedicated to my camera and how to use it – way better then the manufacture’s manual.

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