The dragonflies of summer

The dragonflies of summer grace us with their presence for such a short, sweet time:

A sister with sunlit neck,

A jewel with golden wings,

The bitter-sweet shimmer of beauty glimpsed

Uplifting us for a second

Before it – like summer – starts fading into the blue.

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69 responses

  1. Karen

    Lovely! 🙂

    Karen

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    September 5, 2011 at 15:59

  2. Beautiful hues of blue, almost iridescent. The dragon flies are everywhere here too, particularly as we have had some warmer days recently.
    Always enjoy your stunning photography.;)
    xoxo

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    September 5, 2011 at 16:00

  3. nice grab… they’re very hard to snap… is there any reason for the high saturation? was it to provide more detail to the image..Rishi

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    September 5, 2011 at 16:08

    • I upped the saturation two notches to bring out the details on the dragonflies… And to give the photos that summery feeling that I myself was feeling on this golden afternoon.

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      September 5, 2011 at 17:52

      • the high saturation created a different feeling on the photo. If you´ve used Black & White, for example..you couldn´t express your sentiment. Well done!!!
        By the way, Fiona, the filter would create that effect easily…if you photograph in RAW

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        September 9, 2011 at 19:52

      • I do photograph in raw but don’t use Photoshop.

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        September 10, 2011 at 06:42

  4. smiles. a lovely capture of the dragonflies…some of my favs…and love the golden glow a sun kiss….

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    September 5, 2011 at 16:26

  5. imac

    Caught in mid-flight, wonderful.

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    September 5, 2011 at 16:47

  6. Beautiful again!

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    September 5, 2011 at 17:03

  7. h well done! Having tried to get a picture of dragonflies on multiple occasions this summer I can appreciate the picture all the more!

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    September 5, 2011 at 17:30

  8. Amazing that you captured the dragonfly in the air!

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    September 5, 2011 at 18:28

  9. the dragonflies zip around in late summer like a reminder: do what you want to do. i think the vast majority of dragonflies we see in late summer will not fly again in spring. rich, colorful shots, as usual. you captured late summer perfectly.

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    September 5, 2011 at 19:02

  10. Wonderful set of summertime images.

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    September 5, 2011 at 19:50

  11. I feel that summer is coming to a close in your words.

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    September 5, 2011 at 20:19

  12. Beautiful! We usually have many dragonflies in summer, but we only saw one this year. We’re hoping they’re not done for by some terrible invisible chemical, and we’ll see them back again next year.

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    September 5, 2011 at 21:49

  13. Out summer heat have just started. I wish to visit the gardens…

    Love the blues in your photos!

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    September 5, 2011 at 21:50

  14. –I adore Dragonflies. They are like flying jewels 🙂 xx Lovely

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    September 5, 2011 at 22:23

  15. Awww, but where I am, the summer continues until about November! Great pics!

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    September 5, 2011 at 23:06

  16. Oh. You captured the ephemeral beauty of dragon flies against the water sooo well. Thanks.

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    September 6, 2011 at 00:40

  17. How wonderful, beautiful photos, I love dragonflies in flight with those beautiful blue background. Greetings.

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    September 6, 2011 at 00:43

  18. Your sunlit photographs are capturing the last moments of Summer, how precious 🙂

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    September 6, 2011 at 00:59

  19. They are so hard to photograph (dragonflies … not sisters) so well done!

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    September 6, 2011 at 02:03

  20. The last shot is my favourite! You captured the dragonfly in mid-flight, and it is beautiful!

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    September 6, 2011 at 02:20

  21. I love your summer shots! We are having a big of a last hurrah from the season here, where a week of 80 degree (F) weather is expected — rare for Oregon. Last week was chilly.

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    September 6, 2011 at 04:16

  22. Hello, Ladyfi
    Oh, I love the last photo especially. You can frame it and decorate a wall with it. Delicate elegance is flying over the shining blue water. How beautiful it is!! I love the wings of a dragonfly which are fragile beauty like very fine stained-glass. Have a wonderful week!
    Best wishes,
    Keiko

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    September 6, 2011 at 04:45

  23. Very dreamy.
    I wish I had the time to gaze on and on. 🙂

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    September 6, 2011 at 06:02

  24. Beautiful, beautiful world of light , life, and blue! The last image took my breath away the most. Thank you for sharing.

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    September 6, 2011 at 06:23

  25. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your dragonflies LF. Our flying bugs are all hiding with the steady rain we have had for the past few days.

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    September 6, 2011 at 06:47

  26. I’m seeing that fading light, too, Fi – glad it can still gilt with gold what we most want to hold in memory.

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    September 6, 2011 at 06:51

  27. Wonderful shots. You have captured them in motion.

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    September 6, 2011 at 07:00

  28. Beautiful shots..I was expecting to see your sisters toes in the water.. The Dragonflies are magical:)

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    September 6, 2011 at 07:32

  29. There was the spirit of eternal summer light in your photos. The feeling of the lake and water was so refreshing.

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    September 6, 2011 at 09:01

  30. Love the blue !

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    September 6, 2011 at 10:37

  31. Beautiful, I love your sunlit sister. My dragonfly photography still needs some tweaking, yours are a delight.

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    September 6, 2011 at 11:08

  32. These dragonflies are so lovely.
    We have lots of fireflies in my hometown.
    You can hire a boat to see them by the river banks.
    But photography is not allowed.
    Those fireflies do not like flashy light.
    Anyway, it’s very difficult to take night pictures when the boat is moving.

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    September 6, 2011 at 11:24

  33. Lovely photos, I enjoy seeing the dragonfles. And I will miss them when the season is over.

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    September 6, 2011 at 11:30

  34. There is something so optimistic about a sunbeam when it falls on dragonfly wings. That’s an awesome capture of the little creature.

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    September 6, 2011 at 11:34

  35. Dragonflies are a truly magical sight, aren’t they!

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    September 6, 2011 at 11:36

  36. I’m missing summer already..We are heading into Autumn and there were not many dragonfly around here. Your photos are beautiful.

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    September 6, 2011 at 12:03

  37. Beautiful shots, loved all of them 🙂

    My Yatra Diary…

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    September 6, 2011 at 12:19

  38. Look on the bright side – as the planet warms up you will have the dragonflies for longer too.

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    September 6, 2011 at 12:49

  39. Hi there – dragonflies are great – if only they would sit still just a bit longer!
    Very good pictures
    Stewart M – Australia

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    September 6, 2011 at 12:51

  40. JM

    Very cool set of shots.

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    September 6, 2011 at 12:53

  41. Beautiful & tender summer moments!

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    September 6, 2011 at 13:20

  42. I like the soft focus of these photos. It looks dreamlike.

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    September 6, 2011 at 15:14

  43. What lovely summer moments to remember, and carry into autumn! Delightful captures as always. So good to have you on our team! I do hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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    September 6, 2011 at 15:44

  44. Lovely photos!

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    September 6, 2011 at 16:45

  45. Jen

    You are making beautiful end of summer memories, ones that will keep you warm all winter.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    September 6, 2011 at 17:09

  46. Gorgeous!

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    September 6, 2011 at 18:17

  47. What a wonderful blue world 🙂

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    September 6, 2011 at 18:41

  48. What beautiful photographs these are.
    You have truly captured some amazing light!

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    September 6, 2011 at 19:05

  49. Ikke lett å fange den – og enda vanskeligere når den er i lufta, godt jobba. Fin stemning i bildene.

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    September 6, 2011 at 19:15

  50. Al

    Wonderful end-of-summer images. Our world is finally edging towards autumn, it was quite cool this weekend (for the first time in months).

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    September 6, 2011 at 20:10

  51. Beautiful images. 🙂

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    September 6, 2011 at 21:21


  52. · After a little rest… here again because I like enjoying your last photos.

    · best regards

    CristalRasgado & LaMiradaAusente
    ________________________________
    ·

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    September 6, 2011 at 23:42

  53. Oh, makes me miss my dragonflies!

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    September 7, 2011 at 05:27

  54. Makes me remember to enjoy the present.

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    September 7, 2011 at 06:39

  55. une bien belle lumiere !

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    September 7, 2011 at 06:51

  56. Wonderful blue tones and light in these photos.

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    September 7, 2011 at 09:36

  57. Do ya’ll have hummingbirds?

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    September 7, 2011 at 14:09

  58. Ash

    This is surreal, LadyFi. The colours are stunning!

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    September 7, 2011 at 14:34

  59. My children love dragonflies.It is said that dragonflies get giddy by human beings.

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    September 7, 2011 at 15:30

  60. Such beautiful and colorful blues …. awww summer!

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    September 8, 2011 at 02:53

  61. I can almost “hear” its wings fluttering!!!

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    September 8, 2011 at 09:14

  62. Dragonflies are fascinating creatures Fi. Good photos – Dave

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    September 8, 2011 at 11:00

  63. Beautiful photographs, my friend!

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    September 8, 2011 at 19:01

  64. Just loved that!!!

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    September 12, 2011 at 10:18

  65. The colors here are magnificent and the composition…lovely work. 🙂

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    September 12, 2011 at 11:49

  66. AH, I love blue… and dragonflies… and sisters too!!

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    September 16, 2011 at 05:29

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