Wildflowers & Insects - JohnAshleyFineArt
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"Gossamer Wings."

A summer-time dragonfly rests its gossamer wings on a timothy grass seed head. (Note cards available here.) Behind the lens. People viewing large versions of this photograph often ask me if it's a painting. I used a relatively new macro photography technique to get amazing detail in this portrait of a fascinating creature. (Hint: I used a 20-year-old macro lens along with an extension tube, but I do have to keep a few secrets to myself!) Did you know that dragonflies can fly backwards, or reach speeds of 35 mph? They can also sit perfectly still on a grass stem and do a pretty good imitation of a stained-glass window.

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