A curious young dragonfly in front of a drape of green.
I captured this image in the middle of the late summer heat in July of ’11. The color behind him is from an adolescent rice field rapidly approaching fruition. The sea of waving green spilled throughout the valley, this particular patch flowing densely underneath part of a failed aqueduct, (As can be seen here.) I really enjoy this photo because of the very human reaction the dragonfly provided me with, a bemused question as to what on earth I was doing. I love shooting dragonflies, mostly because I’ve had good luck. However, they are quite large for an insect and often stand completely still atop whatever perch they land on (FUN FACT: this is because they cannot walk). They have strong and beautiful, yet very fragile features which I think help to make them wonderful subjects. I also felt this shot perfectly captured the vibrant green growth during nature’s prolific summer.
Camera: Nikon D3100, 18-55mm lens