What inspires me (Lens-Artists #160)? Well, I’m a little weird. I’m nerdy, quiet and pretty rubbish at social interactions. And while I do find a beautiful flower or butterfly very appealing, what really grabs my attention and inspires me are the weirder, more interesting (to me) things. I like to see them, identify them, and learn about them 🙂
For example, dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) are fascinating to me. They’ve been on the planet for WAY longer than us humans. They spend most of their lives (more than 5 years for some) under water and the part of them that we see flying by is only a brief fragment of their life. In the water, the larvae have pretty vicious mouth parts and can even prey on small fish! Then when it’s the right time they emerge from the water to transform into the flying insects we’re more familiar with. As adults they’re predators too. I’ve seen them eating spiders, moths, other damsels or dragons, so it’s not all pretty colours and shiny wings!
If I see a dragonfly, I’ll probably ignore all the other nature around me and focus on the dragon. I have been known to spend ages in sweltering heat that would normally drive me indoors, because there are dragons to photograph!
Anyway, enough waffling – here are some of my favourites to enjoy: