Home again

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Common Winter Damselfly

Yes, I’m home again. After 2.5 months on a ship sailing around Antarctica it’s time to visit friends and family. And of course enjoy the delights of the Dutch spring. Spring is mild so far and today I had a look if I could find the first damselflies of the season. Not the warmest weather and no sun, so the freshly emerged damsels or dragonflies probably decided it was too cold for them. But the more hardy winter damsels don’t care. They have just survived winter as an imago and now heat up and start to fly around again. This makes it a little easier for find them, as they look remarkably similar to the straws that they use to sit on… This one was nicely waiting and posing for us, being the start of the dragonfly season for me (however short it can be…).

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.

One comment

  • Beautiful shot. I know from experience how much of a challenge it can be to photograph damselflies, even when they are perched. You did a spectacular job in capturing so many wonderful tiny details.

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