Eastern Amberwing dragonfly

26 06 2017

Going through my dragonfly photo archives and came across this “high key” photo of an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly (Perithemis tenera) perched on a waterlily bud. Amberwings are one of the smaller dragonflies. The depth of field is shallow on its wings, but I like this shot because the body and head is still sharp. The high key/bright sunlight works in this photo, too. Normally I try to shoot on overcast days or use a diffuser—but you can’t really use a diffuser on moving subjects! This was shot at Green Spring Gardens a couple of years ago.

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Female Blue Dasher dragonfly

26 06 2017

Female Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) on Sacred Lotus leaf

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Blue Dasher dragonfly

26 06 2017

Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) on water lily bud

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Garden Muse: Botanical Portfolio exhibit coming soon!

27 08 2016

It’s that time again! I’ll be installing my second photography exhibit at the Horticulture Center at Green Spring Gardens this Monday. The exhibit runs from August 30 through October 23. Meet the artist (that’s me!) on Sunday, October 9, 1-3 p.m. There will lots to eat and drink and lots of inventory to purchase (please do!). Hope you can make the reception or at least the show.

Also, Green Spring Gardens has their annual Fall Fest on Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. I’ll have a booth there with lots of great inventory and you can stop in and see the exhibit that day, too! Thanks to everyone for your support!

GARDEN MUSE: BOTANICAL PORTFOLIO
Green Spring Gardens Horticulture Center
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
August 30 – October 23 (free entry, free parking)

GARDEN MUSE BOOTH @ FALL FEST
Green Spring Gardens on the main lawn
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (free entry, free parking)

EXHIBIT ARTIST RECEPTION
Green Spring Gardens Horticulture Center
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Sunday, October 9, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (free entry, free parking)

Garden Muse Exhibit Postcard





Common Blue Dasher dragonfly

22 07 2016

Many of the dragonflies we saw today had ragged wings (this one had just a little bit of wear and tear). With macro shots, you have to make a decision what you want in focus most of the time, particularly with objects that aren’t relatively flat (for instance, if you shoot overhead on top of a daisy or parallel to a sunflower, you’re going to get a wide range of the image in perfect focus). In the case of this dragonfly, I focused on the body and the head. That meant the wings were going to be less in focus. Photography really is all about decisions like these and sharing your vision of the world.

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Common Blue Dasher dragonfly

22 07 2016

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Common Blue Dasher dragonflies

22 07 2016

Ready yourself for an onslaught of Common Blue Dasher dragonfly shots (last week I inundated you with Slaty Skimmer dragonfly images from Kenilworth)…quick trip to McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, MD with my friend Michael Powell (visit his nature photography blog here). We may have avoided morning traffic by leaving later, but we sure did endure some increasingly hot weather. We started at a different parking area than normal—this area had a large pond and a gazillion (no exaggeration) Common Blue dragonflies (Pachydiplax longipennis) perched on every stick I passed by! I like this image because it shows another dragonfly way out of focus in the background in stark contrast to the sharply-focused one in the foreground.

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