State College Damselflies
Getting Closer
May 29, 2011

Damselflies are easy to overlook but amazing to see. They are so small, about an inch in length (or 2.5 cm), or the size of an ordinary pin, and they require a macro photograph to reveal the incredible color and detail.

Of course, after a winter of photographing birds (near and far), it takes me a while to become accustomed to macros. The following photo from mid-May shows what I mean.

Green and blue damselfly

The damselfly has okay detail, but I knew I could do better.

As spring progresses into summer, I become accustomed to getting closer to a damselfly. The damselfly's orange on this next one was brilliant.

Orange damselfly
I love the tan tricolor eyes of this next damselfly.
Tan damselfly
Damselflies provide good incentive for taking macros.

Photo note: All three photos were taken with a Pentax K20D, with the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens, during May 2011.

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