A Frosted Memory!

Temperatures this morning are expected in the 30’s and there are “frost warnings” out for rural areas not far from my rural Missouri home. With these warnings in place, I vividly recall a similar situation a few years ago, when I hiked a frosted prairie and found my little friend, “Frosty”:

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

Dragonfly covered with early morning frost

When I first came upon this cold little critter, he was so frosted that he couldn’t fly, or even move around the branch he was perched on! After photographing for a while, I left Frosty to hike around the prairie. When I returned to Frosty’s location, about an hour later, he had less frost on his body, but still some dewdrops, and still could not fly. But he could walk his way around the branch, making it very difficult to photograph him (the last 3 images, above). As I moved in, he would move around to the far side; as I repositioned myself, he would simply walk back around to where I had been! I decided he really didn’t want his photo taken anymore, so I left him to “defrost”.

As soon as I publish this post, I will be back on the prairie, checking to see if any of Frosty’s kin might be “chilling out”!  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 2021 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/6.3 to f/32
  • Shutter 1/10 sec. to 1/50 sec.

 

 

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Posted in 2015, Blog, Insect Photography, Macro Photography, Nature Photography
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