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Ready Mission 2 by HarvestPicori Ready Mission 2 by HarvestPicori
After comming back out later in the afternoon I found the Golden Glory Boy again, but now he was sunbathing. He has alot of work to do being that he's still hardening and has to cover himself in pollen to attract a female, do a three hour courtship dance, then hide with his mate to lay her eggs before a bird has a go at em. If he makes it successfuly the eggs will find it's way into some standing mud and wait till next spring to pop out of the water three days after hatching to compleat the cycle of the Damselfly genus. After laying those eggs both parents will die in the silents of the night. When you consider how fast summer is, this is one of the best insects to embody the summer season. So fast yet beautiful before the cold of the winter season, a winter that makes 6 months seem like a endlesss night.
Done in Flashless and verticle zoom like before, but using the Flower option for I didint need to worry about scaring him off to soon since he was harder now.

Comments, Crits, Redlines and tips are welcome, thanks Paul ^-^. I'm lovin this!
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revack Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
These don't like to sit still if they know people are around. Great job of stalking.

Really nice macro shots. Some will often suggest that you use flash with macro, but as you show here what I have learned, outdoor shots are much better, even macro without flash.

( :whisper: Psst. "Flower option" is technically called "Macro".)
HarvestPicori Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Macro? I didint know thats what it ment, I thought macro was something people used when they liked images like furries and what not lol. Thanks for letting me know Flower option is macro, alot less typing and more information in one word.

I have trouble getting them when it's a forward facing image but when it's from behind like this one, they seem to see me but care very little about it. Thank you so much for your comments, I have some photos of my fish that I took yesterday so I'll be posting it tomorrow or tonight when my siblings are offline.
Thanks for the comment on my stalking as well, when I stalked baby mice at the age of 10 and 11, little did I know I'd actualy stalk bugs o-o..
revack Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Somehow stalking bugs seems easier and more rewarding than stalking mice. :lol:
HarvestPicori Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
Yeah! When you stalk a mouse you can never really get closer then 18 inches, and if it's a very brave mouse you could easily get bit. But with dragonflies the last thing on their mind is attacking, and the stalking can often end in almost touching them, I just have a very hard time not doing so. I guess thats the kid in me.
revack Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
That's the curious natural scientist in you. Of course, what makes a good natural scientist is a kid who never got all their questions answered. :laughing:
HarvestPicori Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
hmm.. Thats true lol. I really like finding new things in nature and this thing with breeding guppies is quickly becomming a passion. Natural scientist has never been a possability for me but now that you've mensioned it and I googled what all a natural scientist does... It sounds like the perfict job for anybody who likes nature =D.

And being one due not getting a question or two answered would defenetly be why I'd turn into one! Theres just so much still left to figure out, specialy in insects and animals that people consider to small to research ^^.
revack Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
Keep it in mind. They say the perfect job is the one you would do even if you didn't get paid. :hmm:
Dog-master Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
:3 Geez... I've never really looked at the markings of a dragonfly...
HarvestPicori Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Thats the exact thing I started looking for with my photography, I hope to have a feeling like yours go on with many people so that what was once Ugly little critters become a beautiful bounty of color and life. If I could get this close to a yellowjacket without my hair throwing a attack signal to their instinks I'd get them too =P hehehe. But I've had 17 Yellowjackets cought in my hair in the last year, I don't need anymore XD.
Dragonite1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
This one is lovely <3
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July 1, 2007
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1/512 second
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63 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 6, 2006, 6:17:21 AM