Featherlegs and humility

When I re-blogged GMB Akash’s post yesterday it clearly struck a chord. One thing you can do if you are interested is to see if you would like to buy his book. I have done so today and paid by PayPal.

There is more about it here:

I have also exchanged some e mails with him to see if I can help in other ways. He makes me feel very humble. Life goes on however and I had a short excursion again today. I came back with one half-decent shot and another that might have been but wasn’t quite.

First, the shot I was happy with:

Copera ciliata

Copera ciliata

Taken in the shade but I have tried to remove the colour cast (the benefits of shooting in RAW). I have posted images of Black-kneed Featherlegs before but it is always a nice one to find and very easy too.

The second almost but not quite shot is this one:

Lyriothemis elegantissima

Lyriothemis elegantissima

The Forest Chaser has also appeared before. This image needs a bit more DoF.

I took both of these at my usual pool that others seem to ignore. The Tiger Hawker was there again today and I took a couple of frames but nothing special. Oh alright, I’ll post one of them.


This is spoiled for me by the background which is ugly and cluttered. However this side shot shows nicely the blue mark, which is usually hard to see. Oh and the tail-tip isn’t sharp either – couldn’t get the shutter speed. Even at 1/200s there was movement.

And that is it for the day. TTFN.



10 thoughts on “Featherlegs and humility

  1. I’ll follow the link Andrew, and buy the book too, people who do so much good need support, always. You know, if I look hard enough at the photo’s of the beautifully coloured and marked Dragonflies, I could just imagine little human faces. (shades of horror films coming back to my ever fantasising mind!!) They’re just simply amazing, a credit to Mother Nature and whoever else designed them. xPenx

  2. All are nice images of some beautiful species, Andrew. But, yes, the Copera is the better. However, the other two have their value as well with the infrequently seen blue spot on the Tiger Hawker. Seems like a successful day to me

  3. I think I’ve seen the Forest chaser in the Mangrove at Mai Po – near Education Centre, sounds plausible ?

    DOF seems to be a big part of the challenge, but I like all three shots.

    • Sounds plausible John. I think they are quite widespread. I have photographed tham at Wong Chuk Yeung, too. Yup. DoF is a challenge.

  4. We all try to help in different ways, however much or little it is, eg my rubbish bin story. When I can afford I like to give directly and locally. Help my neighbours, rescue a huge dog off the street, whatever. It is a sad indictment on society, government and big business that one person can do so much. As someone wrote on one of my blogs some time back, there is enough food in the world to eradicate starvation if only the will was there.

    However, onto more frivolous topics. I like the top one, s/he looks like a ballerina en pointe. I would probably have called it “Spider with wings”. Except there aren’t enough legs before you say it. In fact they all look like ballerinas or fairies with their beautiful gauzy wings. They look unreal. Or surreal. Such delicate wings and yet their bodies look quite rigid.

    I like the last one. And the middle one looks like a person with a red tail crawling along a branch. Very Sci fi.

    • I like the ballerina idea. The vernacular name for this species was coined by Graham Reels. I shall have to ask him if he would consider renaming it.

      The poverty issue is bigger than all of us but starting locally is as good as a way as any. The difference here is the positive actions. Maybe we can’t all do that but as the Chinese say, every journey starts with a single step.

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