By the Lake

Litoria ewingii – Brown Tree Frogs

When down by the lake in search of emerging dragonflies early one morning, I discovered the water reeds were full of these gorgeous little frogs – Litoria ewingii, who come in a variety of colours, and are rarely over 3 cms long.  I love them!  By the time the sun is coming over the trees and it begins to warm up, they are gone, hiding in the grasses and reeds on ground level.

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Damsel Flies

These beautiful insects are common around my lake, fast of flight they sometimes land on water reeds or other plants to rest or feed on something they have caught.  This is a useful link to information about both Damsel and Dragon Flies, and the differences between the two for anyone who might be interested to know a bit more.  One of these photos (#6902) shows a green eyed Damsel Fly eating a larvae of the same species.

Minus Four Degrees…..

It was so cold this morning that the edge of my lake was frozen, and the frost on the ground made it look as if it had been snowing.



100 Posts! Damsels, Dragons and a Phasmid

This is a celebratory posting – my 100th for this Blog which I began in December 2010 as a way of sharing my developing photography.  Isn’t that great!

Some gorgeous winged creatures to mark the occasion….

There was a short time yesterday morning when it was still, with no rain or wind.  Everything was still wet but the insects were out enjoying the warmth and filtered sun.  These shots were taken down by the Lake, where I had a couple of lucky sightings, one of which I shall write about tomorrow.  I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of the Damselflies in various colours, and the larger Dragonflies with transparent veined wings and striped bodies.

This one was low down on a reed, waiting until its wings were fully expanded before taking off on its first flight.  Taken from above, it reminds me of a World War II bi-plane about to taxi along a runway for take-off!

This is a Phasmid – a Stick Insect which lives on leaves, mainly Eucalyptus but will also nibble others if needs be.  I don’t often see them as they are difficult to spot due to their camouflage – they really do look like sticks, and if disturbed will shake like a twig in the wind….This one was very obvious clinging to a green water reed, and was about 12 cms long with gorgeous purple wings folded on its back.

Tomorrow I shall tell you a tale about two bees….

I’m also posting these for this week’s Creative Exchange.

Misty Morning on the Lake.

Taken just after sunrise on the lake behind my house.  The light and the rising mists from the water made it almost magical.