The first image was taken with a macro lens. The aperture was pretty wide open, something I’ve since learned not to do when getting that close. Still, I like it, so wanted to share it. This fellow is perched on one of the apple trees.

We also grow grapes, as evidenced by this dragonfly photo. Here’s an image taken with the Tamron 18-75mm lens, with the house in full bokeh behind it.



  1. Oh my! He’s kind of cool looking up that close… better than the snails :D

  2. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a dragonfly this close before… Love the detail on the eyes in the first one! I had no idea they were that BIG. (the eyes, not the little bug itself!)

  3. Great shots I tried getting some shots of the hummingbirds around and my camera even with the burst option on didn’t turn out so hot, I really need to bring out my old film camera, to do what i want.

  4. Great shot !
    I always wanted to try macrophotography but the price of those lenses scares me a little ;)

  5. Nice shot it looks so cute dragonfly, the pictures is really hard to get but it’s good. Thanks to the photographer now I’ve seen a dragonfly to close to the picture.

  6. Hi James, these are nice pictures. I like the eyes of the dragonfly in the first picture. Good job :)
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  7. You did paved the way to capture such master piece you have here. I think that pretty little creature made you chase? What’s the story behind this marvelous picture? Ohhh, I love the way you capture things. How I wish I could be you.
    Do you happen to have a secret? I mean a thing or a way you have something like a charm or some chant? (hihi I know am being silly) Most people have really.

  8. Macrophotography is awesome. I love this kind of pictures. Reminds me on another planet with giant insects! :)
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  9. I also like to shoot dragonflies. Even we do not have the same species near Paris in France…

  10. Dr. George Suarez @ hifu miami says:

    Magnificent use of aperture. Love the first picture!

  11. Ah! That kind of scared me when I opened the page, laugh out loud. Not your photography skills, the buggy eyes! I like dragonflies, actually, but I haven’t seen one THAT up close and personal. I always thought they had more color on them, maybe just not this one? Still lovely to look at, if not a bit creepy. I’m not big on insects…there was a massive spider weaving a web outside of my building last night. I wanted to take a picture, just because it was so strangely colored and HUGE but I didn’t have the backbone to get too close. I wish you’d been there with your camera, I’m sure you would have taken some neat pictures of it.

  12. I have never looked a dragonfly in the eyes before. It’s like I am having a moment with your photo.

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