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The dragonfly’s transition from aquatic nymph to Mosquito Hawk*. Images include crawling out of the shell, waiting for wings to dry and the empty nymph shell.

Hicks Lake, Thunder Bay Ontario. June 2014. 

In response to weekly photo challenge: Transition

*I’ve never heard of dragonflies referred to as Mosquito Hawks, but love it. I read it in A Golden Guide to Pond Life by George K. Reid, PHD

Transition The dragonfly’s transition from aquatic nymph to Mosquito Hawk*. Images include crawling out of the shell, waiting for wings to dry and the empty nymph shell.

This photo was taken during one of my underwater photography certification class dives. I find it a little weird to use the word class as I was the only student and had my instructor’s undivided attention. I feel this is a plus though, as I got to drift along the bottom taking as much time as I wanted to shoot, adjust and re-shoot to my little heart’s content.

Our little friend here required two shots to get. She was nestled into a discarded, zebra-mussel covered clam shell at the bottom of Lake Noquebay, WI, protecting her young. However, I didn’t realize while I was taking pictures that there were babies present. They were so minute that they looked merely like some sort of fuzzy, white silt. It wasn’t until I got back to the dive shop that I could tell exactly what I captured.

The first shot I took was somewhat out of focus, and I could tell that, so I adjusted slightly and took another. The slight current in the lake made some shots a bit of a challenge, but this one was much clearer and needed no re-touching to look this good and I’m extremely satisfied with this picture.