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I made a new little friend ... whoo hoooo
My friend from the pond is not with us anymore I think,
I havent seen him for 2-3 weeks now :(

So latetly I am photographing Damsels at a small stream.
It has a bridge over it and from there I can make photos.
With my Panasonic 45-150mm.
I am lucky that they prefer a spot close to the bridge
where there are a lot of reeds.
There are many different colored damsels there.
Some very intense deep dark blue, others almost metallic green/orange
then some mostly metalic green/yellow ones and the more common light blue ones.
So I have lots to pick from :)

When I was there a few days ago and clicking away,
something flew past my face very fast.
I did not think much about it and continued shooting.
I lean on the railing of the bridge for more stabillity
with my arms, since I am shooting down wards.
You know the feeling when you sense your being watched ?
At some point I looked to my left at the railing.
There, 30 cm away from my arm sat a lovely blue damsel fly.
It did not move at all, so I thought maybe it got hit by a car
and landed on the railing.
So I moved my head closer to it to have a look when it took two small steps back wards, so it seemed fine to me.
But it stayed there looking at me and its little head moving around sometimes.
It put a huge smile on my face :)
Since I am a bit silly I started to talk to it and told it what I was doing there, even moving a bit closer to it.
He/she didnt mind and stayed on the spot.
So there I am, overwhelmed with joy, with a Damsel 20 cm away from my arm
and telling it stories haha
I told it about its history, that they are on this planet for over 300 million years and how big they used to be.
How I admire them for their beauty ect ect ... ":)
At some point (10 minutes) I said well now back to photographing.
I so wished I had my macro lens with me.
So I had to step back around 90 cm to be able to focus on him with the Panny 45-150mm.
I had to shoot against the sun but it turned out OK.
After taking many many shots I moved back close to it
and he didnt move an inch :)
I took some photos of the others below on the reeds and after 40 minutes
I told him, time to go home for me.
Thanked him for his great company and wished him a great evening :)
So I put the camera in bag, looked back one more time, but he was gone :)

I know its a long story but I was so happy and still smiling when I think back of him, sitting beside me for over 40 minutes.
Maybe this is common for dragonflies, I dont know, but it was not common to me. It touched me deeply :) For me its very special when a wild animal connects to a human in such a way and it puts me on cloud 9 :)

So here is my buddy :)

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Tick, tock, a day passes slowly on Fennel time

(a speckled bush cricket nymph takes time out on a fennel head we have let go to seed)

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And a second one, simply because I have a few, grin. Both of these were taken using a different diffuser for my little FL70 flash, which is still holding up as a temporary unit till we have a better budget and I can buy something else.

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I think this is Pararge aegeria tircis, the Speckled Wood. Second day out with the new lighting system, and happy enough with it for now. Crazy how small changes in diffusion materials can make so much difference.

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