Dragon Hunt and mishap...

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Well, it started out as a pretty good dragon hunting day. I was able to shoot a couple of different Darners and other misc. dragons when all of a sudden things took a turn for the worse.

I had seen what I believed to be a Gomphid head into some bushes. I set my tripod down about 5 feet away and went to investigate. There was some tall grass on the side of the field where I was and I took a step into it. What I didn't know ( and much to my surprise ) was that there was a sheer enbankment that dropped about 8 feet straight down.

Much like anticipating an extra stair step or not expecting to step off of a curb. The lack of ground ( or anything else) under my foot caused me to lose balance and down I went. I ended up about 8 feet down in a thicket of berry vines with the wind knocked out of me, having landed on my back.

I laid there gasping for breath for a few minutes trying to figure out the best way to get out of my predicament. I ended up having to plow my way through the berry vines.... wearing shorts and a t-shirt, tring to find a way up the bank. I ended up crawling out, getting my camera and basically crawling to my car.

At this point the only thing that really hurts is my back. I am still having a hard time breathing and my wife wants to take me to the hospital..... ( not going to happen... at least not today.)

So, having recapped the days events.... here are a few dragons that I managed to shoot.

1. This Darner is a bit of a mystery to me... all of the California Darners I have seen and the Blue Eyed Darners... have blue eyes. You'll notice this has silver eyes and the body markings are silver / grey as well. Any Ideas?

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2. California Darner

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3. Blue Dasher

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4. Blue Dasher

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5. Twelve Spotted Skimmer

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6. Western Pondhawk Male

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7. Western Pondhawk Female - Note she has a bad wing, but she was eating something so apparently she manages.

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yikes - hope you're OK - sounds like a broken rib - off to hospital I say

Great images though. #1 and #5
 
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Hi Paul

Great pictures, but not much consolation for your pain. I hope you recover quickly.

Re: darner. I wouldn't worry too much about colour when trying to i.d. it. Colours change with age and can even vary with temperature in some species. The thoracic side stripes and other markings are much more reliable.

Cheers,

Larry
 
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yikes - hope you're OK - sounds like a broken rib - off to hospital I say

Great images though. #1 and #5
Darren,
Thanks for the comments on the images.... My wife is on the phone right now making a Dr's appointment.

Hi Paul

Great pictures, but not much consolation for your pain. I hope you recover quickly.

Re: darner. I wouldn't worry too much about colour when trying to i.d. it. Colours change with age and can even vary with temperature in some species. The thoracic side stripes and other markings are much more reliable.

Cheers,

Larry
Thanks for the info on the Darner Larry. I had no idea they changed colors. The thoracic coloration indicated California Darner but this is the first time I have seen the Silver eyes and silver/grey body markings.


Wow Paul - hope you're alright

beauty shots though :)
Paul,
I am a bit more sore today than yesterday.... feels like I got hit by a bus. But I'm sure I'll survive. Thanks for the comments about the pictures.
 
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First of all I hope you are OK. It's a dangerous sport.

Excellent shots. I think the first Darner is immature. It will probably be fully colored in a few days.
 
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I really like 1 and 5. I know 'trying to get the shot" type stuff can be dangerous, but for an accident to come out of the blue is really scary. I guess your first thought was, does anyone know where I am. I would not put off a check up, if having trouble breathing!!
 
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So I have to ask...did you look to see if anyone saw you fall???:biggrin:
Man, thank goodness you're Ok, if you'd have posted a simple twig you'd still get the award for effort of the month! I really like the last one, very cool picture despite his wing damage and I always like the 12 spotted skimmer pics. I don't know how many spots ours have, but there are some really nice ones who always are on the move around here and I've never been able to get a lens on them and they are so cool looking when they are flying!
All really nice shots and am so glad you're seemingly OK, but you better make sure you take the wife's advice on this one.
Mend quick!
 
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Nice shots. #5 is my favorite. When the berries are ready, go back, pick some, and make a pie out of those bushes, and savor it. :biggrin:
 
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Excellent series, Paul!

Hope you´re going to be fine!
Thanks Jukka,
When stuff like this occurs, its always my pride that takes the longest to heal.

First of all I hope you are OK. It's a dangerous sport.

Excellent shots. I think the first Darner is immature. It will probably be fully colored in a few days.
Torben,
Thanks for the info on the Darner. The sport of Exteme Photography is a killer. I told my wife, "If this kind of thing can happen when I am doing something safe... just think what I could do to myself doing something dangerous!"

I really like 1 and 5. I know 'trying to get the shot" type stuff can be dangerous, but for an to come out of the blue is really scary. I guess your first thought was, does anyone know where I am. I would not put off a check up, if having trouble breathing!!
Tom,
I went to the Dr., he took X-rays and couldn't find anything broken. He said everything is just bruised pretty badly. So with the help of a couple litlle pills, (pain killers and muscle relaxers) I should be ok in a few days.

So I have to ask...did you look to see if anyone saw you fall???:biggrin:
Man, thank goodness you're Ok, if you'd have posted a simple twig you'd still get the award for effort of the month! I really like the last one, very cool picture despite his wing damage and I always like the 12 spotted skimmer pics. I don't know how many spots ours have, but there are some really nice ones who always are on the move around here and I've never been able to get a lens on them and they are so cool looking when they are flying!
All really nice shots and am so glad you're seemingly OK, but you better make sure you take the wife's advice on this one.
Mend quick!
Tim,
No body saw me fall.... and that could have been an issue.
Glad you like the skimmer pictures, I have plenty I havent posted so it should hold me over a few days.


Hope you are feeling better Paul...

Beautiful captures, well done.
Thanks Jeff.

Oh no Paul! Hope you are well, do update us when you get a chance. These are excellent shots, I have really seen your dragon shots improve this season. Very fun to share this with you...
Rich,
Looks like I will survive... nothing broken, just bad bruising. Thanks for your comments.

Nice shots. #5 is my favorite. When the berries are ready, go back, pick some, and make a pie out of those bushes, and savor it. :biggrin:
Gary,

Thanks for the comments. The pie idea is definately worth considering.
 
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