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Posted by WiseAcre on Aug 9th, 2009

Meadowhawk Dragonfly

2009
Aug 9

…and other assorted Desktop Backgrounds

My best guess – this dragonfly is an immature White Faced Meadowhawk – Sympetrum obtrusum. I’m sure enough about the genus to eat one if proven wrong but after that your guess is as good as mine.

Odonata – Libellulidae – Sympetrum ?

Meadowhawk Dragonfly

So what do I do with photographic subjects I can’t identify? I can’t really write about something not knowing what it is so I make desktop wallpapers.

Dragonfly
Meadowhawk Dragonfly

Sometimes I’d rather just sort through the photos that clutter my computer than writing a post. If one catches my eye and I don’t have anything to say – poof, another background.

Bumblebee on Globe Thistle
Bumblebee on Globe Thistle

All too often I find my brain cells overwhelmed by fungus. Once in a while I can actually pull off an identification but most times I just get a headache trying to name whatever caught my attention.

Can you name these mushrooms?
Mushroom Wallpaper

Then there are times I do have a positive ID and provide a larger size image for a closer look. I try to keep images large enough on my posts to appreciate but sometimes bigger is better.

False Solomon’s Seal
False Solomon's Seal Berries

Feel free to use any of these as a background on your desktop. No other use is implied. Unless permission is asked and granted the use of any of my images for any other purpose is not allowed. There maybe serious consequences if you do. The last person who tried left a trail easy to follow. Now he leaves slime trails.

Slug
Slug

7 Responses

  1. Sweet Bay Says:

    Beautiful captures of the dragonfly! I really like the shot of the False Solomon’s Seal fruit too — the ripening fruit looks like miniature Scuppernong Grapes.

  2. rainfield Says:

    The dragonfly is a helicopter. It is ready to fly after your shot.

  3. Ratty Says:

    These are all more great pictures. I’ve been observing some similar creatures recently, so of course I’m finding these all fascinating. And dragonflies do look like little helicopters.

  4. Tatyana Says:

    On my scales, your pictures of a dragonfly and a bee are G-R-E-A-T!

  5. Monica the Garden Faerie Says:

    Love all the photos as usual, but, OH NO!, the dragonfly’s eyes look like caramel sauce! Yummy!

  6. bangchik Says:

    Dragonfly is beautiful. The wings so thin, and patterned in black colored pencil and yet it can fly quick and high. We don’t have to know its name to appreciate.
    ~bangchik

  7. GradualDazzle Says:

    The mushrooms look like they’re Amanitas, probably Amanita flavoconia. Here’s a link; you can decide whether this gets close:

    http://www.mushroomexpert.com/amanita_flavoconia.html