Tower Grove Park

I’ve posted photos from Tower Grove Park before but most are not available because they got deleted with their posts when I started over last year.

All my post from Tower Grove Park have been similar because I go there specifically to photograph dragonflies; if I find anything else of interest so much the better.  Also, on my last three or four visits to the park I have taken the Nikkor 80-400mm zoom lens instead of the 105mm macro.  I’ve mentioned before that the lotus flowers and see pods are in a number of very small ponds on the east side of the larger, main pond.  The stalks and seed pods that attract the dragonflies for perching are a few feet from then bank.  This makes leaning out to get a picture with a short lens very precarious.  The 80-400mm zoom handles this nicely, but still generally requires some cropping.


Okay, so I said I go to Tower Grove Park specifically to photograph dragon flies but the first thing I saw was a painted lady so that’s the first thing you’re seeing too.  I’ve already said what I think of the name painted lady for a butterfly in a post last month (Painted Lady) so I won’t go into that again.








The shot below is a perfect example of one of the easiest and quickest ways to tell a dragonfly from a damselfly.  When at rest dragonflies hold their wings out, away from and perpendicular to their body.  If this were a damselfly its wings would be folded in and aligned parallel with its body.  That tidbit was just another example of me giving you just a little more than what you’ve paid for.

A photo of the back an insect, or I guess any animal for that mater, is generally not that interesting.  I’ve done it twice with dragon flies in this post.  The first time because I liked the wings and this time because I liked the wings and the shadow on the leaf.




Thank you for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 80-400 telephoto zoom lens.

10 thoughts on “Tower Grove Park

  1. Nice shots, David. As it happens, one of the few dragonflies I am familiar with by name, is what looks to be your (male) Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis, in the shots above. I find them fairly common in western Mass and pretty cooperative especially for dragons. Which are of course fascinating as far as insects go, but a bit troublesome for someone with a reverse lens set up — they’re too big!

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    • Thanks for the id. I thought they might be blue dashers because I’ve seen them identified on other blogs but I was just too lazy to try and verify. They’re very common in the Midwest also. I’d forgotten about how much magnification you get with the reverse lens; the dragonflies would be too big but you could get some good shots of their interesting looking heads. Years, actually decades, ago I had a Minolta SRT-101 SLR. It came with a 55mm f/1.8 lens. I bought a bellows extension for it and used the reverse technique for extreme macros. Obviously I couldn’t do anything hand held with it so I ended up getting a copy stand too. There were very few small objects in my house that were same from being photographed with that set up.

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    • Thank you very much for your comment! I was rummaging around my WordPress Dashboard a few minutes ago and found your comment (and one from a regular follower commenting on a different post) in the spam section. That is why there has such a long time between you making the comment and my thank you. Not sure why either comment was in spam but I guess I should start checking it regularly.


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