Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Haines-Seville Wetland: Dragonfly



Sunday evening my wife & I visited the Haines-Seville Wetlands. Haines-Seville is a man-made wetland that was built a few years ago by Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation to replace wetlands lost during highway improvements.

Today the Haines-Seville is a thriving wetland community. During the spring migrations it is a favored resting spot for waterfowl passing through our area. Mallards, wood ducks and Canada geese remain throughout the nesting season. Although we sited wild ducks on two different occasions, an opportunity for a photograph did not present itself.

The wetland is alive with insect activity. During our short visit I photographed no less than five different dragonfly varieties along with numerous bees. Song birds were present in good numbers but the lush foliage prevented any acceptable photographs.

This small Dragonfly, illuminated by strong backlighting, posed for the camera.

10 comments:

Meggie said...

Outstanding! Who would think a dragonfly could be such a beautiful subject?!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Very cool image.

That place sounds nice.

ASH's Eye said...

That is a beautiful picture, and it is a beautiful place, but I have to laugh when I hear the name. When I was a PennDOT flag girl, I worked quite a bit with Haines and met the Seville a few times - what a crew :) Haines especially was a character!

Louise said...

What a pretty little dragonfly. I like the depth of the picture.

Faye Pekas said...

So pretty. I have never been able to get a shot of a dragonfly. They never light long enough for me to focus and shoot.

Kerri said...

Lovely!!

fishing guy said...

Salty: It is nice when the dragonfly poses in such a great manner. You did a great job on the capture.

Abraham Lincoln said...

How large is this man-made wetland, Salty? I think it is smart and proper for wetlands to be replaced and am glad your department of transportation replaced the one lost. Since you mentioned ducks, it must have a lake or pond? That would be nice to see.

photowannabe said...

Glad to see you are up and running again. Dragonflies are so elusive and flitty. Great shot. The wings look like flower petals.

DeeMom said...

Beautiful