The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust recently held a “Dragonfly Walk” on the Blitzer Conservation Easement in Bradford, NH. This was a great event for all, especially families with children.
We learned from Carrie and Andy Deegan the difference between dragonflies and damselflies. We learned that both spend the majority of their life underwater as nymphs. After perhaps 2 to 5 years in a pond they erupt as flying creatures for a brief flurry of eating and mating. They typically die in 2 to 4 weeks after they leave the pond.
Dragonflies are aggressive predators of insects. They are amazing flyers and can hover, fly forwards or backwards, and do some amazing mid-air maneuvers.
I learned a long time ago that dragonflies often have a favorite perch that they return to over and over. This is very handy when trying to photograph them. That is how I got the photo of the male Marsh Hawk Dragonfly shown here.
My wife and I could only stay for an hour and 15 minutes but while we were there a hawk grabbed a frog out of the pond, I photographed a singing house wren, and many children had as much fun with tadpoles in the pond as they did with those elusive dragonflies.
Here are some photos from the ASLPT event.
In the last few months my photos have been used on the covers of four different magazines. Here they are.
I returned from a photo assignment out west — photographing two white water rafting trips on the Yampa and Green Rivers in Colorado and Utah for O.A.R.S. — and opened an email asking for stock photos for an upcoming article to be published in Upper Valley Life. Since I had been out of email range for most of two weeks, I was very late in replying. Photos had been temporarily selected and put in a rough layout. But there was still time to submit some stock photos in the next day or two.
The article was on serene water kayaking and featured a number of sites around the Upper Valley. I had lots of photos for one of them but felt the stock images I had of the other ones were not as good as I liked. Since it was a nice afternoon, I decided to take a loop ride and spend a few hours hitting three of the kayak launch spots mentioned in the article.
The eight photos in the slide show below were used in the article. Three were from the afternoon drive — the pair kayaking, the kayak launching, and the river mouth with clouds.
Last year I watched late into the season while two loons alternately sat on a nest in vain. This year two chicks hatched on this NH lake that has not had loon chicks for over 40 years. Here is a photo from this morning showing both chicks — the second is under wing peeking out.
One chick had an interesting style of holding on — grasping a tail feather with its leg. If you can’t see it clearly in this photo, look at the blowup below.
Here are a few more photos I took early today.