The mating process of Damselflies and Dragonflies is fascinating theater if you pause to just watch for awhile. It also varies from specie to specie and can be quite violent. I’ll leave any explanations to the experts. This pair is about to be broken up, but eventually the female will oviposit into the lush vegetation available.
I’ve only seen this damselfly in the warmth of the harsh light of mid-day sun. Its been a challenge to me to get the photo right. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but I’ve learned a lot more about Lightroom photo processing!
With a rather unique toadstool in the mix, Friday Friends and Flora becomes Friday Fungus too this week. The Purple Toadstool popped up at one of my favorite dragonfly spots at the Norma Johnson Center wetlands. It made me look twice. I was hoping for colorful dragonflies, but not expecting such a colorful fungus to be found. Its been a soggy week – Toadstool weather – I should have known.
I’ve joined in with the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week. Check out the other unique photo Collages.
Scattered in the green of summer, remarkable reds please the eye. I hunted for the Canadian Lilly this week along wetland and creek banks. Hiding in the shade, I found several wisely seeking shady ground. I gathered a few other summer reds in the hunt. Bee Balm is self interpreting I suppose. A red squirrel gave a rare pose and the Ruby Meadowhawk dragonflies greeted me by the parking lot, loving summer’s heat.
A rather obscure little pond produces some viewing treasures for that very reason. A Green Heron scouted the pond from the tree tops before flying in to snap up some tadpoles or other delights. Later, it took a gap in the brush for me to look through and spot it on this branch. An Elderberry Bush concealed me with its lacy white crown – a spot to keep an eye on latter this summer. A perfect Friday Friend and Flower combo.
I’m expanding Friday’s theme for the summer as the life cycle peaks. This Azure Bluet Damselfly left the pond and flew into the woods to hunt and so my capture is along the trail. The meadow flowers are at their peak now. This delicate yellow flower with deeper colored center and heart shaped petals caught my attention hanging out with the daisies.
I’ve been posting a Friday Friend for quite a while now. Any creature in nature willing to cooperate qualifies as a candidate. Since this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo challenge is friends my almost weekly friends post fits right in. This week I’m posting a photo of a Blue Heron spotted on the Tuscarawas River north of Dover, Ohio. The river’s been high and muddy with all of our spring rains and this friend seemed to need a break from the extra work required to get a meal.
School is almost out. Maybe I’ll catch up on some of my intended posts. My Friday Friends have suffered of late. Here’s a friend with a song; always a good thing when life gets busy. Positive identity unknown. Sparrow will have to do for now.