With some warm sunshine yesterday (Sunday) afternoon in east Kent, I spent an hour at my garden pond where there are currently a few Large Red Damselflies resting up in some of the reeds. As I have mentioned before, the pond as well as a suitable habitat for a few species that I have reared in there over the past few years is also set up for photography and this time of year produces Grape Hyacinths which are growing to the side of the pond. These plants produce some superb colours against the damselfly and I managed to find a male resting up which gave me the perfect opportunity to lay down and spend some time taking a number of photos. As readers of my website and blog will know, I am always striving to improve on my shots from year to year and having waited all through the winter months for the season to arrive, I was keen to make the most of this time while the damselflies and Grape Hyacinths are at their peak condition. Whilst I have taken many photos of this species, I personally feel that these are my best attempts to date. The colours of the Grape Hyacinths contrasting with the Large Red Damselfly work really well in my opinion and with the subtle colours of them in the background, make for some pleasing photos. I hope there will be a few more attempts with this colourful species in the next few weeks but I think I may well struggle to raise the bar and better these.
Large Red Damselfly (male)