There is a large, shallow lake on this property which attracts a large variety of wildlife, birds, frogs and insects – it is a favourite hunting ground for subjects to photograph and I can usually be found there early in the morning when the light is soft. I have often taken pictures of dragonflies after they have emerged from the nymph stage and before they take flight for the first time, but I had never witnessed how it happened. A few days ago I found a nymph about to undergo this change, and was able to capture it. The whole process took a couple of hours, and unfortunately I missed a bit, but these will give you an idea of what happens. It was fascinating.
There are two Damselflies included in this slide show – they are smaller, and hold their wings straight against their body.
For those who want a scientific explanation of it all check this site.
All taken with my Canon 550D and 100mm Macro lens.