Monday, August 15, 2005


Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.

This is the halloween pennant, Celithemis eponina, and normally I'd not get too worked up about such a shot, but I took this one with a lensbaby on my Nikon FM. It came out much sharper than I thought it would, and the background is beautifully out of focus.

Pennants are really fun to watch -- once one picks a perch, it seems determined to stay with that particular perch. In the case of this one, it was at the edge of the railroad tracks in Chelsea. I was able to get within a foot of it and it did not fly off. When it did, it came back. The halloween pennant is one of my favorite dragonflies.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Emerald Eyes

Emerald eyes
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.

Back to the topic of Hine's Emerald. I just received a box of specimens from Tim Cashatt. These are vouchers from the survey work performed by Wayne Steffins in 1999. They are being added to the MOS database today. This augments our data considerably, and hopefully will avoid duplication of sites in the future.

This photo was taken with my Fiji FinePix S7000 using a 4x diopter on the front, and shooting in normal mode. I was able to get quite close to this perching male.