Macro Monday: Death bed

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”  ~Albert Einstein; Mein Weltbild (1931)


I came across this sadly, dead dragonfly, whilst looking for living ones to photograph around the pond at Glendurgan Gardens last week. What struck me about the pose was how accurately the wings of this beautiful creature mimic the petals of the iris flower on which it lays. And the yellow of its stripes match exactly the yellow of the iris. You will need to enlarge the image to see what I mean. Even in death there is beauty in the details.


22 Comments Add yours

  1. joannesisco says:

    You’re right, Jude. There is great beauty in this deathbed and your photo of it is amazing.

    Is it just me, or does there seem to be a lot more dragonflies this summer compared to usual?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not much water around where I live so I haven’t seen that many. The ones I have do seem bigger though!

  2. Sue says:

    Marvellous capture, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Shame it was dead, but then I probably wouldn’t have got such a close shot of one. They seem huge this year!

      1. Sue says:

        A new take on ‘the Birds’…’The Dragon Flies” ??

  3. DailyMusings says:

    Sad but beautiful at the same time.

  4. Arkenaten says:

    Beautiful. Not a species I have encountered.

  5. Gayle says:

    Resting peacefully; surrounded by beauty; can’t ask for more. Great capture.

  6. What a beautiful place to die! Gorgeous image, Jude.

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It’s chosen a glorious death bed, but how sad.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They don’t live long I believe and I would never have captured him so closely in flight. Such beautiful wings.

  8. He chose a beautiful resting place.

    1. Heyjude says:

      He did indeed.

  9. restlessjo says:

    Awwh, this is lovely, Jude. I’m feeling sad anyway.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Why sad? Missing the Algarve already?

  10. desleyjane says:

    Wow gorgeously captured and so detailed.

  11. Anyone who can photograph a dragonfly – even a dead one – has my seal of absolute approval. The detail here is stunning, and thank you for drawing attention to the camouflage skills of your subject.

  12. Peta Kaplan says:

    What a beautiful shot and tribute to the life of the drafonfly.


    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you 🙂

  13. Lignum Draco says:

    Fascinating catch. What a beautiful death bed and great synergy with the dragonfly.

  14. I love the crisp colours and lines in this photo, and the detail in the wings is amazing.

  15. taphian says:

    there’s also beauty in decay

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