Étang de la Gruère, Switzerland
Red Damselfly

… seems this young red damselfly calling out to the photographer.

Damselflies are a great motif for photographers and “structures and shapes created by nature” at its best. But as they are pretty shy and fast moving they are diffucult to catch. So patience and a lot of time is needed to get a couple of good shots. These ones I found at the Étang de la Gruère, a moore lake in the Swiss canton Jura.

Étang de la Gruère, Switzerland
Azure Damselfly
Étang de la Gruère, Switzerland
Azure Damselfly
Étang de la Gruère, Switzerland
Red Damselfly

The below shot of the mating wheel is created through focus stacking of 4 pictures to capture the depth of field.

Étang de la Gruère, Switzerland
Heart shaped manting wheel of a male and female Azure Damselfly

All shots are taken with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM on a Canon 5 DSR without any flash or tripod used. The combination of this lens and that body allows for unprecedented sharpness, really great! (Please note: Uploaded pictures are of reduced size.)

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