Friday, 4 July 2014

Jewels in the wood.


Picture the scene ... I'm walking through a damp woodland and on entering a small sunlit glade with ferns towering above my 5' 10" frame I am greeted by numerous metallic blue-green jewels gracefully flitting above the verdant vegetation.
So time to pause and spend a little time with these Beautiful Demoiselles (Calopteryx virgo).
On this occasion apart from one shimmering blue male (top image) it was a female (below), with her suffused brownish wings, that paid me close attention by watching my every move. 

Even a Spider managed to creep its way into the frame!


To all my American friends I send my best wishes for a Happy 4th of July.

Have a glorious wildlife watching weekend wherever you are.  FAB.

Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

20 comments:

  1. just beautiful! flying jewels, indeed! and thank you!

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  2. Hi Frank
    A quiet, peaceful woodland surrounded by beautiful, Beautiful Demoiselles certainly does it for me.

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    1. Cheers Phil. It was cooler than the open heathland and also produced Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral plus a Golden-ringed Dragon .... a few pics for a future post hopefully.

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  3. Beautiful, just beautiful! I never tire of watching these delicate insects, and your photos are stunning.

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  4. The whole scene takes my breath away!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by Frank. I have to you I think you outdid yourself. These images are some of the best I have seen. Love them.

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  6. That is some beautiful blue on that first shot!

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  7. Incredibly beautiful jewels :D)

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  8. Fascinating species and great shots Frank.

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  9. Absolutely stunning photos, Frank! Were you using that Canon SX50? I ordered one from Amazon. It'll be here in a few days.

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  10. They really are like jewels when the sun catches them Frank.

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  11. Oh Frank, this haven reminds me of my back yard!...:)JP

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  12. They are so lovely and delicate ... And small and fast, which makes these pictures even more remarkable.

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  13. Frank, gorgeous captures of the flying jewels.. Thank you for linking up with my critter party. Enjoy your weekend!

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  14. They're gorgeous! It's always a joy to follow them flying around.

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  15. HI Frank These are beautiful delicate creatures. Have a great weekend.

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  16. Wonderful shots as always Frank. They really are a delight to see and beautifully captured.

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  17. Lapis and emeralds and amber! Gorgeous droplets of beauty! Great macro shots, too!

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