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Dragon and Lotus

While Na made merit at the temple I spent a fun 30 minutes chasing a brilliant crimson Dragonfly around the pond at the back of the building. It was very hot work in the sun but, needless to say, I was delighted when it paused on the water lily  just long enough for me to grab a couple of hasty shots.

Dragon and Lotus

While Na made merit at the temple I spent a fun 30 minutes chasing a brilliant crimson Dragonfly around the pond at the back of the building. It was very hot work in the sun but, needless to say, I was delighted when it paused on the water lily  just long enough for me to grab a couple of hasty shots.

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30 minutes hard work paid off well, I think. This is a beauty, Ray.
Ray: Thank you, Graeme. I felt rewarded.
The shot was worth every minute Ray.... i have never seen a crimson dragonfly... we have them by the hundreds in our garden and they are all our friends... you see as they dance in the setting sun... they are feeding on mosquitoes....petersmile
Ray: Dragonflies are a blessing in the garden, Peter...they do no harm to plants or humans, but assist in keeping mosquitoes and other things under some control.

And...they are beautiful critters.
outstanding image. love the strong colours and the composition.
Ray: I was very pleased to get this shot, Ayush.
  • vz-nostalgia
  • The Kingdom of Delightful Madness
  • 25 Jun 2012, 02:33
extreme beauty you have captured here, Ray. The boldness of the red against teh tenderness of the fower takes my breath away.

You did a good job composing (under teh circumstances). I might be tempted to push teh boundary of common sense and cut off teh bottom to focus only on teh dragonfly and teh petals (making it 2x1), though.

The fly is definitely an unexpected bonus. smile
Ray: Thank you, VZ.

I'll play with a bolder crop, and see if it pleases me. Water Lilies are commanding presences, and generally like to dominate their portraits.

I was aware of the fly as I made the shot, but did nothing to try to fit it in.
This is an incredible capture. The Crimson Dragonfly is so gorgeous, but you've caught a moment few will- with that fly! Extraordinary!
Ray: I knew the fly was there, Elizabeth, but did nothing the get it into focus.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Jun 2012, 06:33
For a hasty shot, Ray, you sure caught yourself a winner. Who knew they came in red!
Ray: The red dragons tend to be of nervous disposition, Ginnie, but I feel their beauty is worth chasing after.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jun 2012, 06:42
Absolutely brilliant. One of your finest, Ray. Great work for a grabbed shot.
Ray: Thank you, Alan.

Many of my insect shots are grabbed shots...I handhold, and chase the little critters about like a kitten after it has been fed.
And a hot shot ... in more ways than one.
Ray: You are very kind, Richard...not to mention, clever!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jun 2012, 07:06
Brilliant stuff Ray: it makes my today's effort look puny in comparison
Ray: Thank you, Chris.

Actually, there is nothing puny at all about your gorgeous shot of a brightly striped caterpillar on pretty crimson buds.
This creature looks as if it is on fire Ray. The lotus on the other foot looks quite cool.
Ray: Yin and Yang, Chad...
Lovely picture Ray.
Ray: Thank you, Bill.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jun 2012, 08:14
Bad Bully Dragon...chased the other little wotsitsname bug away :p
Ray: Dragonflies love to eat small bugs and spiders, SAVO...this little one might be lucky to have got away.
Your hot and exhausting chase paid off - this was owrth it.
Ray: Sometimes there is a pay-off, Sheila.
I also like to wait outside of the temples, spirituality can also be found there as you have so masterly proven. Needless to say, dragonflies always return to the same spot. Like the other fly you also caught there Ray, beautiful color contrasts.
Ray: They do return often to favourite perches, Juan Carlos, but these Red Dragons are very nervous critters so the challenge is to sneak up on them.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jun 2012, 10:10
A bit like me when I'am chasing them on the river or canal Ray glad you prevailed to capture this superb capture of it and the little insect just flying off.
Ray: Its one way to get exercise, Pedroeric, but sometimes the onlookers seem to be questioning if the old foreigner has gone crazy.
Two insects for the price of one, Ray, but the star is certainly the dragon fly. I love the sun spot on his eye. Wonderful capture.
Ray: I was delighted to catch it momentarily on such a pretty perch, Mary...beats a dead stick hands-down!
Stunning image Ray! The fly is a bonus here!
A likey for me.
Ray: You are most generous, Richard.
Another one of your "top drawer" shots Ray, very good indeed and well worth the chase.
Ray: I felt I got a prize for this chase, Brian.
I've never seen a red dragonfly. So good Ray!!
Ray: They are beautiful critters, Jacquelyn.
Definitely worth the hunt, Ray - beauty of a shot
Ray: Thank you, Tom. I thought it was worth the effort.
Absolute beauty, fantastic image!
Wow.This is a wonderful shot.I like the contrast between the lily and the dragonfly.
Ray: I am delighted that you like this image, Ioana.

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