Monday, June 28, 2010

The aviator

The Aviator

My wife had a hankering for photographing dragonflies. I had a hankering to photograph storms expected to sweep through the lower tier of Wisconsin counties. What to do?

Make a stop at Volo Bog, near Ingleside, Illinois, just a few miles from the state line on the way to the Badger State. They got dragonflies aplenty there.

This fella (we could tell because we could hear the beating of his wings) continually circled a stand of wildflowers near the parking lot. He would dart about, then hover and glide, then take off again. After a lot of trial and error, I found that I could focus on him while he hovered. I moved around the bed of wildflowers, getting a good angle on the sunlight as well as a clear shot of the sky and waited for Mr. Dragonfly (a common green darner) to circle back and hover. One hover brought him to within a few feet of me and I was able to fire off three shots. This is the best one.

Dragonflying complete, we headed into Wisconsin to visit Kenosha and Racine.

Photograph © 2010 James Jordan.


Stacey Dawn said...

Now this is a fabulous capture - in flight!

Michael said...

If you are ever up in Kenosha on 4th Thursday around 7pm stop by a PhotoKenosha meeting. We meet at Carolyn's on 52nd St. We have a name dot com but I don't want to look like I am spamming.

Like the blog and the photographs. Have it in my RSS reader so I can get all the new post when they are ready, even if I am not.

Hillary said...

You captured a dragonfly IN FLIGHT.

You are officially my hero.

Erik said...

Beautiful. Very skilled capture. Good work James.