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.