A Dragonfly smiled at me last week!

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that dragonflies can’t smile.

Of course they can and they often do.  Here are the photographs to prove it.


This Common Darter Dragonfly smiled at me and I smiled back at him.

Common Darter Smile macro dragonfly

A Dragonfly’s Smile ©HelenBushe


This one posed quite happily for the camera too:

Common Darter Dragonfly Monday Macro

Common Darter Dragonfly ©Helenbushe


And this one flew in to see what was going on:

Common Darter Dragonfly insect Monday Macro

Common Darter on Fence ©HelenBushe


These pictures were taken on a visit last week to Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Camera : Canon 7D

Lens : Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM

Settings: ISO 800, 1/1000sec, f7.1


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lisaonthebeach · 13 May 2020 at 02:18

Amazing!! We have a water reclamation wetlands here. Right now they are full of beautiful dragonflies!!

lisaonthebeach · 13 May 2020 at 02:17

Amazing! We have a water reclamation wetlands here and right now it has all kinds of beautiful dragonflies!

paulfraser11 · 18 August 2017 at 15:25

These are stunning images Helen, great work

    HMB · 18 August 2017 at 21:17

    Thank you Paul. I love these wee guys.

bushboy · 16 August 2017 at 02:03

Great dragonfly photos Helen 🙂

    HMB · 16 August 2017 at 19:52

    Thank you. I do love dragonflies

Arkenaten · 15 August 2017 at 15:17

These are gorgeous,Helen. Still a few months before they make an appearance ”down south”

    HMB · 16 August 2017 at 19:53

    Thank you. I love these wee creatures.

Amy · 14 August 2017 at 13:42

Stunning macro shots, Helen! I have not seen macro dragonfly images with such details and this beautiful.

Rasma R · 14 August 2017 at 11:31

Happy Monday! I do believe that handsome bug fellow is actually smiling in one of the photos.

    HMB · 14 August 2017 at 21:01

    And Happy Monday to you too. Yes, he is smiling. I hope you smiled back at him!

    HMB · 14 August 2017 at 20:21

    And the same to you. Thanks for pingback. It seems we are running parallel with our Monday Macros. I’ve just added a pingback to your excellent blog.

whippetwisdom · 14 August 2017 at 07:46

What a sweet smile! ☺

    HMB · 14 August 2017 at 09:13

    I bet you returned his smile, Xenia. Have a good week. xx

      whippetwisdom · 14 August 2017 at 13:05

      I sure did Helen thank you! Wishing you a wonderful week too ☺ xxx

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