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Competition – Southern Spreadwing

Competition - Southern Spreadwing

Southern Spreadwings in Competition

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 theĀ  photo right. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but I’ve learned a lot more about Lightroom photo processing!

This weeks Friday Friends.

Over Wintered Swallowtail

Last fall a student brought a small caterpillar in to school from the families carrot patch. I wondered whether the carrot tops would last long enough for it to go into a chrysalis stage. New fall leaf sprouts did the trick and being late in the season, it over wintered in our garage. She’s a beauty and survived the classroom parade to visit all who helped feed her. To view the chrysalis, click here.

She’s this weeks Friday Friend

Wildflower Fest – Dutchmen’s Breeches

We don’t call them breeches anymore. I haven’t heard the term britches since I was a child, yet this archaic us of the old Dutch men’s leggings captures the caricature well. These pants hung out to dry on the line with their deep feathery green foliage are a bit of early spring whimsy.

Wildflower Fest – Surprise

Trout Lillies are always a pleasant surprise. They come and go so quickly. There is an added surprise to if you wish to spot it. The flower takes its common name from its spotted leaves like a speckled trout, not from its yellow flower. Justice for the trout, but maybe not so fair for the Lilly.

WPC – Surprise. Everyone likes a pleasant surprise, check them out.

Wildflower Fest – Toothwort

Next in order for my wildflower-fest is the Toothwort. Named for its leaves perhaps. The first flowers to poke up through the leaf litter I consider to the delicates, small in stature, tender growth and fragile light flowers.

Faithful Pair

This pair of Bald Eagles has been faithfully using this nest for several years. Perhaps their success accounts for several nesting spots up and down the Tuscarawas River, Tuscarawas County Ohio. I usually will see a few from our house in New Philadelphia flying over the river each year.

I’ve known of this nest a little further south for awhile and finally had the opportunity under the right conditions to stop in and get a few shots. There were a dozen or so photographers set up. Their lenses could have swallowed mine and not even burped, but I found a hole through the spring tree canopy and came away with a few nice captures.

I hope you enjoy my Friday Friends.

A click on the image will enlarge the photos. Shot with Nikon D5200, Nikkor 55-300mm, f5.6, ISO 400, handheld.