I admit...Sometimes I cheat

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One of my goals is to get as many of our national species of Dragon- and Damselflies as possible. Some of them are rare and I would have to drive 5 -6 hours to catch them.

Instead I decided to cheat a little. In Sweden I can find some of the species just a little more than 2 hours away. So sometimes we put the dogs in the car, take the ferry to Sweden (30 minutes) and drive up to a wonderful Swedish countryside with forest and streaming waters.

The dogs are put in stake out with a bone to chew on. My wife sits and enjoy a good book and I go hunting for Odonata. After a couple of hours we have lunch and enjoy the nature.

This is our set up at a Swedish country road that runs along the stream.

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The stream where I shoot.

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I've already shown some of the shots of the Calopteryx virgo here
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Here's another shot of this beautiful Damselfly.

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The male Orthetrum coerulescens (Small Blue Arrow)

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The male Onychogomphus forcipatus.

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Why do I think of Charlie Chaplin?

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The beautiful feather legged damsel, Platycnemis pennipes.

Male.

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Mating couple.

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The males protect the females during ovipositing.

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Also got a Somatochlora metallica male.

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After a great day enjoying nature we can still make it home for dinner.
 
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that's not cheating to me
amazing shots
love those first 2.... nice setup
torben...
i know you have to go through a lot to get these amazing shots
thanks for giving us some insight
 
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What an impressive set!

Your knowledge of the dragonfly natural history is also impressive and certainly adds to your posts.
 
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I never cease to be amazed by the quality of your Dragonfly/Damselfly photos! You've probably answered this question before but here it goes anyways: what kind of lens set-up do you use?
 
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Beautiful images. Until I started viewing your posts I thought a dragonfly was a dragonfly. How good to see all of the variations with the proper name.
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Torben:

Exceptional photos AGAIN!

Thanks for sharing the photo of your van, wife and dogs - lots of dogs! and the area you shoot!

I enjoy seeing the diversity of dragons and damsels!
 
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Torben,

I like your pictures a lot. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Matthias. I'm glad you liked them.

Great shots Torben - nice dogs too :)
Thanks Paul. The dogs are part of my winter obsession - using them for sled races.

Congrats on some great shots, it look like you had a great time.
Thanks Hentez. I enjoy nature very much. Shooting dragonflies means that I have an excuse to get out there whenever I can.

What an impressive set!

Your knowledge of the dragonfly natural history is also impressive and certainly adds to your posts.
Thanks Holmes. Being out there with the creatures is very educational.
 

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