Spring is in the air 2

Siberian Winter Damsel

Yesterday at 12:44 the sun crossed the equator, which marks the beginning of spring. Fortunately the weather agreed with this, and today we had a really nice spring-day with lots of sunshine and nice temperatures. Together with Jaap Schelvis I went to Drenthe, in search for the first dragonflies of this year, the Siberian Winter Damsels. With temperatures above 13C they start to fly again, which makes it a lot easier to find them. Now we faced another problem… It seems that now they can fly again, they want to do so as much as possible. This made it really difficult for us to approach them without scaring them.

But with some patience we managed to find several that were willing to pose for us. Like you can see in my older Winter Damsel pictures, they often rest in Purple Moor Grass, but sometimes also in heath plants. This time I tried to get some in the heath, like the picture above. Now we just have to wait a few weeks for the first Large Red Damsels to appear and then spring is really on its way.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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