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I admit...Sometimes I cheat

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by tojor, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    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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  2. 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
     
  3. Spectre

    Spectre

    Feb 20, 2008
    Oregon
    Really really nice Torben. I like that Somatochlora metallica.
     
  4. Your work always give me a lift. Super work!
     
  5. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    Thanks Greg. I'm glad it's not work, pure pleasure. :smile:

    Thanks Paul.

    Thank John.
     
  6. Matthias

    Matthias

    300
    Apr 13, 2007
    Central Texas
    Torben,

    I like your pictures a lot. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Great shots Torben - nice dogs too :) 
     
  8. Hentez

    Hentez

    31
    Aug 9, 2008
    Columbus OH
    Congrats on some great shots, it look like you had a great time.
     
  9. Holmes

    Holmes

    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    What an impressive set!

    Your knowledge of the dragonfly natural history is also impressive and certainly adds to your posts.
     
  10. Great set, Torben

    The Onychogomphus forcipatus is a beauty. Are Somatochlora species rare over there?

    Cheers,

    Larry
     
  11. senna

    senna

    Jan 6, 2007
    San Jose Ca.
    Good stuff Torben.
     
  12. 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?
     
  13. cleoent

    cleoent

    Dec 21, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    All i can say is thank goodness for cheaters! Spectacular pictures!
     
  14. Always a joy to see a new post by you.

    glenn
     
  15. jaikdee

    jaikdee

    368
    Feb 25, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    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.
    Janet
     
  16. Really splendid shots, Torben.
     
  17. Thymen

    Thymen

    311
    Jun 18, 2007
    The Netherlands
    Torben,

    great photographs. Very inspiring!

    Thymen.
     
  18. Spectacular! Torben! I love them all of course, but that one of "The males protect the females during ovipositing" is just amazing...
     
  19. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Karen
    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!
     
  20. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    Thanks Matthias. I'm glad you liked them.

    Thanks Paul. The dogs are part of my winter obsession - using them for sled races.

    Thanks Hentez. I enjoy nature very much. Shooting dragonflies means that I have an excuse to get out there whenever I can.

    Thanks Holmes. Being out there with the creatures is very educational.
     
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