Head On Eight-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly – Other Things With Wings

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When I lived in Florida me and my best friend Patty used to go to parks, gardens and other locations where there were plenty of bees, flowers and dragonflies to aim our cameras at, we had such great fun that at times we laughed ourselves silly. We called our photographic journeys together “splorin” and we still call it that to this day when we talk on the phone.

Eight-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Head On, Farmington Bay WMA, Davis County, UtahEight-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Head On – Nikon D500, f10, 1/500, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I still photograph dragonflies whenever I get the chance, I love these mosquito-eating things with wings! Two days ago at Glover Pond there were several Eight-spotted Skimmer dragonflies that I aimed my lens at and of those I liked this head on shot the most. I know it doesn’t show the “eight spots” on the wings of this species but it does show the eyes of the dragonfly off nicely. I wish I would have had just a touch more depth of field to have the tip of the cattail sharply in focus. I like the background a lot though.

Like some of the bird species I photograph I only see these dragonflies for a short period of the year so I try to take advantage of their presence when I can.

Life is good.



  1. Steve cain July 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Not only that they eat mosquitoes

  2. Marty K July 15, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    That head-on shot is sooooo cool!

  3. Elephants Child July 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Love the ‘sploring you do. And dragonflies.

  4. Jane Chesebrough July 15, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Great find, Mia. I love getting close-ups of these dragons and am successful infrequently.

  5. Patty Chadwick July 15, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Insects are often so beautiful and fascinating…Love the smile on this one!!!

  6. Bob Mcpherson July 15, 2018 at 8:15 am

    cool photos, Mia.

  7. Kathy July 15, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Nice photo! I have been on a dragonfly photo kick also. As you said, they are only here for a short time. 🙂

  8. Liz Cormack July 15, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Love this photo.

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