Patience is not a quality I have in abundance. But I am learning it, especially if I want to photograph these delightful creatures. There’s much luck in this shot. I’d been wandering around the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, biding my time until a rendezvous with my Partner. Kirkstall Abbey, though extensive, did not have quite enough information to hold my interest for more than half an hour. So I headed down towards the river, thinking I would read a book until rendezvous time.
At the patch of river I chose, I opened my book when a flash of emerald caught my eye. When the wind came up, flashes of bright jewel colours – sapphire blue and emerald green – rose from the river, darted wildly about and then settled again. I inched closer and this scared off all the damsel/dragon-flies in the vicinity. But I noticed that this little guy really liked that leaf and he would return to it, again and again.
I like this photo because Oanh thinks that creatures are so graceful and accurate, but they’re not. This damselfly landed on the leaf but had not quite centred his weight. If you look carefully, one leg is off the leaf. That’s why his wings are so untidily displayed. He had to fly up before settling again, and it was his own fault, not me who scared him.
If he noticed, he could have laughed at me later as I, too, flailed about when I misplaced my foot on the river bank and almost slid in. Reading is much safer.