One of the great things about mother nature is there is always something to shoot.  Here in North Texas, the dragonflies and other insects just get better and better as the heat builds up.

Yesterday,I led a NANPA Meetup group of 28 photographers out to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center and yes, indeed, the dragonflies were out in abundance.  It took me awhile to find one in a good setting, but this blue dasher finally cooperated.

For you photo gear nuts out there, I used my new Canon 200-400mm lens to shoot this, with a 2x teleconverter, for a total focal length of 800mm.  It focuses to about 6 feet and allows me to get shots I could never get otherwise. Oh yeahhh, I do love that lens! At the same time, there is always a way to get the shot and knowing how to squeeze everything you can out of your gear is a big part of that.  Maybe I will talk more about that in future posts.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) dragonfly, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Seagoville, Texas. Canon 1DX. 800mm. ISO 1600. 1/1– sec. at f/14. Fill flash (full power), EV 0 (underexposed slightly).