I just received my second edition copy of the book ...Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio. I'm very excited to go through all of my photos from this summer of 2008 to try and identify what I've seen here in Wishnik Woods. I'm fairly certain this large dragon is a Black Saddlebag. It is quite a large one...And I think this is a male after zooming in on my photos.
These are a few photos that I've taken this past summer, I have not identified them yet...I have ordered a book to help me in this process...and it'll be a slow one...I'm sure!! I really love the green damselfly. EDIT...Please see comments on I.D.
Needless to say, I was very excited when the red dragon returned..as soon as I walked on the dock and sat down, it was there! I was out there for quite a while bonding...it allowed me to pet its' wings, and followed me everywhere. This dragonfly came within inches of my body and many times within a few inches of my face. It seemed that I was a curiousity as well! I tried holding the camera right next to my face, on the auto and close up settings to get a shot of this...but they all came out blurry. I know, "sure it did!" is what you're thinking... but it's true. I was in dragonfly heaven! A little later the real action began when a few friends showed up.
This is my first post that I dedicate to the beauty and playful antics that the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Wishnik Woods offer me! I have an absolute love of these creatures...I could sit for hours admiring their acrobats. As I've grown more curious of the damsels and dragons...it seems even they are increasingly curious of me...something that I enjoy, too. I am just starting to educate myself somewhat on these fascinating creatures...so if I am incorrect on ANY identification...please leave a comment of correction. I would truly appreciate it!...also any notes of male or female...or just a line that you visited. In this post, I've included photos of the first time visit to our pond by this" Ruby Meadowhawk". Isn't it beautiful? This one allowed me to bond with it for quite awhile, even allowing me to pet it's wings. Just the feat alone of me half-squatting, leaning forward, arms outstretched(one petting the dragonfly and the other holding a shaking camera!) - trying to keep my balance in the mucky, marsh area of the pond...well, let's just say...would've been one hilarious photo right there. I had to push through overgrown seeding plants (note the seeds on my funky hand shot), and kind of hold them aside and down with my legs. NOT an easy task, let me tell you! The last photo is the "Ruby Meadowhawk" on the left and on the right is a" Widow Skimmer". That poor skimmers' wings were quite battered. I cannot tell you how excited I was when this red dragonfly just flew up and plopped down next to me as I was sitting on our deck!
I, like many of you I am sure, love the beauty that nature has to offer. I am originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area..."transplanted" here to a small country town just southeast of Canton, Ohio. I thought it may be nice to share some of what I experience here everyday at what my husband and I call..Wishnik Woods. To sit on our dock and watch all the dragonflies play tag and do their acrobats for hours couldn't make me happier(but who has the time for that?). I enjoy gardening and in my photos you'll see many up close and personal shots. I thank God everyday for my husband, family and our dream come true. Our little piece of paradise is not a showplace by any means, just a simple cabin nestled back in the woods, the place we call home. In a nutshell, a little of this and a little of that is what you'll find here in Wishnik Woods!