A female Blue Dasher dragonfly hanging on a stem:
There was a light rain falling, and it was cool, so the dragonfly was cooperative. I did a series of images to explore different angles, and so I could stack for extra details. This is a stack of three images. As I watched, drops accumulated, and the dragonfly reached up and wiped its compound eye of some of the drops. Fascinating to watch!
My local Black-Eyed Susan meadow is in full bloom, with lots of other species to see: common and white vervain, three species of milkweed, and other flowers:
The site is a partly restored wetland that someone has profusely planted with annuals (different Rudbeckia species) and perennials like butterfly weed and swamp milkweed. Not all are natives, the moth mullein in the last image, but a feast for pollinators nonetheless.
A few more images from my trip to the rocky coast of Maine:
When I took these, I thought of them as black and white images, but as I worked with them I saw colors and highlights I wanted to use. The exposure lengths are 25 seconds, 8 seconds, and 2 seconds going from top to bottom.
Not long ago, I went looking for flowers with a group of people in a local conservation area. The scenery was more interesting than the flowers. It’s a steep, long ravine in a hilly area, with a stream rushing down through rocks:
It’s the deep green time of year. There’s nothing as refreshing as the sound of water and the green of the forest.
A collection of white and blue flowers from the wild and the garden:
The flowers are: Cornflower, Baby’s Breath, Blue-eyed grass (twice), Foamflower. The Cornflower and Baby’s Breath are from this year’s edition of my wildflower meadow (only partially wild).