Photographing flying gems: golden and blue dragonflies

The beginning of July was the last time I was taking photos of dragonflies at the local lake. After that I was off for holiday and since then I havent seen the dragonflies at the lake at all. I do miss them, all the more so that the heron is visiting the lake very rarely now as well.

In July there were different dragonflies than I have seen there previously. There was one with a yellow-golden body and one with light (but bright) blue body. They looked like flying gems. Both of them were quite big, so I probably managed to capture them in their prime time.

This is the golden dragonfly. It was doing something I have never seen a dragonfly doing before – it was hovering over the water surface, dipping into the water from time to time. Then it flew away and disappeared.

During the same visit, I spotted another dragonfly and it is one of the prettiest ones I have ever seen. Its body is bright blue, so it was quite easy to spot it when it was approaching. This dragonfly preferred to take breaks from its frantic flying around sitting on a branch of wood sticking out of the water. It wasnt even too shy, so I could try different settings on my camera and take pictures from many angles. Here are the best photos:


I also entered this post into the Weekly Photo Challenge by Daily Post. The topic for this week is Ooh, Shiny! The connection might not seem too straightforward, but if you read the brief you will understand. Andrea writes about butterflies, I write about dragonflies. She calls butterflies “jewels of the air”, I call dragonflies “flying gems”. I think we are on the same wavelength 🙂

12 Comments Add yours

  1. blhphotoblog says:

    They are both Broad-bodied Chasers, the female the golden one is egg laying, nice shots!

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    1. Thank you so much for identifying them!

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  2. These images are wonderful!

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  3. teabeestrips says:

    amazing pictures.

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  4. Beautiful pics 🙂


  5. Tina Schell says:

    And your dragonflies seems to enjoy the wavelength too! Excellent choice for the week

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