Damselfly and Fox Cub Photos

The weather improved a touch today. Some sunshine, and the wind has dropped, but scarcely summer weather; more like a reasonable spring day.

Out in the garden the damselflies were making the best they could of the improvement., though I can only imagine it's a fairly dreadful season for them; and butterflies are very scarce.

As for the rest of the day, it's fox cub season and to be honest I'm photographing little else. So here's a few from tonight.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. derWandersmann June 10, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    Well, it's fairly obvious that they do see you … you have too many shots of them looking directly into the lens for it to be an accident … BTW, are you using flash, or is the light from a yard light? … But it's also pretty obvious that they are cautiously giving you a wide berth. "No telling what that mountainous creature will do."

  2. SittingFox June 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Lovely portraits. By the way, I'm sure you have an insect book, but I found this damselfly key online recently, and have found it quite useful.

  3. Words June 12, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    dW, oh yes they are very well aware of my presence. They are getting a little bolder. On Saturday two of them decided to stalk right up to me. One movement from me and they teleport about 6 feet in reverse!

    As for the photos, I am using flash. There's almost no light at that end of the garden, so I use a torch to see and the flash takes care of the focusing.

  4. Words June 12, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Adele, I do have the 'Complete British Insects' book by Micahel Chinery which is very good, but that key is very useful. Tricky things to identify so every bit of help is welcome. Thanks!

  5. Mickeyjoe-Irl June 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    That damsel fly is certainly colorful. I like the racing stripes on its eyes.

  6. Words June 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Mick, it's rally quit hard to imagine what on earth it is they actually see out of those eyes.

  7. derWandersmann June 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    It's even harder to imagine what the brain (I suppose there must be some sort of brain) does with all those images … these are compound eyes, each consisting of as many as 4,000 separate eyes, all "welded" together somehow, and each makes an image. The world must be very queer to them, without some fairly sophisticated circuitry and algorithms in whatever passes for their brains.

  8. Words June 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    dW, the interesting thing with dragonflies in general is that while they very rapidly flit away as you approach, it's actually quite easy to get inside their viewing distance, and then you can get right up close and they take no notice. I guess once the field of vision is 'full' they don't actually see anything getting closer.