Category Archives: Odonata


The Belly of the Dragon

The belly of the dragonfly, that is. This Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758) is glowing gold from the backlight. This is a species found throughout the northern hemisphere, from North American and Europe through […]

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Out, damned spot!

  One of the more frustrating problems in natural light insect photography, particularly with insects with large eyes, is the large specular highlight that is created by the sun. A small catch light in the […]

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My Top 10 Macro Photographs in 2013

Here are my top photo choices for 2013. The selection is based somewhat on public response, but mostly just because they are my personal favorites. Like most years, these are wild Alberta bugs, photographed alive and kicking, without cooling […]

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Meadowhawk on Lichen

A cherry faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) rests on reindeer lichen at the Halfmoon Natural Area, Alberta. (1 August, 2013. Canon 5Dk II with EF 100mm f2.8 macro lens and diffused flash. ISO 320, 1/200 sec. […]

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Book Review: Digital Macro & Close-up Photography by Ross Hoddinott

Matt Cole first brought this book to my attention, and with his recommendation, (and having borrowed the first edition from our local library a few years ago) I did not wait long to order a copy of […]

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Meadowhawk in the Middle

Sometimes breaking with macro conventions is required. The straight look, centered in the frame – and very shallow depth of field – emphasize the enormous eyes of this aerial predator. (28 July, 2013 – Elk […]

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Mystery of the Meadowhawk in Flight

Observation can pay off. I noticed this skimmer (I believe it is a Black Meadowhawk, Sympetrum danae) returning to sit on a leaf that was laying on the ground. I approached slowly, but it noticed me […]

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Golden Dragon(fly) Warrior

I made this short video vignette of a display featured in: Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The display at the entrance to the gallery was a suit of Edo-period (Tokugawa Era) Samurai […]

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