Sunday, July 10, 2011


Despite the heat and humidity I took a walk down to the Dykeman Wetlands Park and Walking Trail. The air was full of butterflies and dragonflies, and some even sat still long enough to a picture or two. No macros here (I couldn't get close enough), so all shots are via the zoom, mostly set at a focal length of 400mm. And since the light was so bright and contrasty I used my circular polarizer filter, so the colors are a bit more intense.

Meadowhawk dragonfly

Cabbage White butterfly

Blue Dasher dragonfly

Common Whitetail dragonfly

Tortoiseshell butterfly

Calico Pennant dragonfly

© 2011 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. Wow. I have a lot of dragonflies in the summer but didn't realise how colourful they could be.

  2. Wow, Roy! These put my dragonfly photo to shame that I posted the other day! lol! Mine were zoom, too...but through a double paned window. I was too wimpy for the heat. ha.

  3. so amazing!!! this is exactly the kind of stuff i am looking for thanks for this

  4. Not macro, but great detail & vivid colors! Love the calico pendant dragonfly.

  5. What fabulous shots Roy, somehow the use of the zoom seems to emphasise the "life" within these small creatures.

  6. Gee, Roy, I usually enjoy your posts, but something about this one just... bugged me. [ducks]

    Seriously, those are some wonderful photos. I've always been a fan -- if such a term can apply -- of dragonflies, from back when I was about four years old and believed that what my friends and I called "sewing needles" could fly toward your mouth and somehow sew your lips shut! (Don't worry, I don't believe that any more. I've known it was a childish misconception for a good four or five years now!)

  7. some pretty steady shooting...very crisp!