Fun Friday: Beautiful in Black

While in Des Moines last weekend for the annual art show, I made some time to drive to the nearby Neil Smith NWR to photograph wildflowers and wildlife. One of the highlights was finding and photographing Ebony Jewell-winged Damselflies. I had found a ton of these beauties when in town last year; this year there were far fewer of them, only about a dozen. Here are a few of my favorite images of these black beauties:

Ebony Jewell-Winged Damselfly, male


Ebony Jewell-Winged Damselfly, male

The above images are of male damselflies. Below, is a female, identified by the white “dot” at the tip of the wings:

Ebony Jewell-Winged Damselfly, female

I have been fortunate to find a few of these around my rural home, from time to time. But not on a regular basis.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 (due to being in wooded area)
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/60 sec. to 1/80 sec.



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