With the next few days in east Kent looking sunny, quite warm and temperatures up to fourteen degrees celsius, I suspected that a few Large Red Damselflies would start to emerge from my garden pond. After breakfast this morning I went outside to see if anything was happening and I could see a few Large Red Damselfly nymphs sitting in the shallows near some pre prepared stalks I had put in the pond. As the morning progressed I went out and looked every now and eventually about 11.20am, I could see one nymph starting to climb up the stalk. I had everything ready indoors and within a few minutes, I was in position laying down on my belly in front of the pond. The plan was to let the nymph completely settle and then remove the stalk which had plasticine on the bottom. This would then be put down on the grass next to the pond so that I had the green grass as a background colour. I hoped this would give me some nice contrast against the damselfly as well as a clean background and no clutter. I then spent the next 90 minutes taking lots of photos of the whole sequence and made sure in between photos that I took time to watch and study the miracle that was happening before my eyes. My observations ended up providing me with more questions which I shall look for answers to in the next few days but as far as the photos today, to say I am pleased with them is an understatement. Although the light was good outside and I normally use AV mode, I opted for manual mode, ISO 400, speed set to 250, f8-f16 and in camera flash to capture more detail in the shots. Hopefully this is the first of many opportunities to capture some of the species emerging and i'm still hopeful and fingers crossed to capture a Hairy Dragonfly emerging. Its certainly been a fine start with the camera and hopefully 2016 will be an excellent and memorable season. Quite a few shots to follow but I think they tell and capture one of the wonders of the natural world.
Large Red Damselfly Exuviae