I as able to go to the rookery much earlier in the day than usual on Sunday because it was overcast so I wouldn’t be shooting into the sun. Normally I have to wait until after noon so the sun is behind me and lighting up the views of the birds nesting. And the pictures of the birds that I took that day were the ones I paid attention to. But I made another stop that day. I stopped at the lake in my park to look for dragonflies again, and again I found only the black ones there. It was disappointing, and it was made worse by that same overcast sky that had the water also looking gray and dull. But when I found myself wide awake at 3 AM this morning I got up and made a pot of coffee and looked at the rest of the photos, and found a few surprises.
These irises caught my eye because they were the brightest thing out there that day. There were only a couple of stalks of them and they were being blown around, the petals folding over each other.
As I walked to set my tripod up at the edge of the lake I realized that I had company. This Great Blue Heron was standing like a statue so I took a few pictures of him, and even though I had looked at those pictures before I hadn’t noticed the dragonfly photo bomb until this morning.
And, speaking of photobombs, I also noticed this.
I have no idea why the water looks the way it does in this picture, but I like it.
I learned that the one thing that you can count on concerning trying to photograph dragonflies is the they always return to the same resting place. So if you are patient and focus on that spot your subject will always return, which explains why I got a zillion of exactly this same shot
But I’ve come to not be happy with just dragonfly pictures, now I want their faces.
What I said to myself as I put the coffee on this morning was that I’d be able to go out for the sunrise. I’d be ready to go early enough. Only it’s raining. Now what…