Water Lilies, Loch Finlaggan, Islay, Scotland

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Water Lilies Charles Kenwright

Water Lilies, Loch Finlaggan, Islay, Scotland
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I´m not sure how the Loch would have looked in the time of the Lord of the Isles, maybe it´s banks would have been well-tended and the water clear of water plants. But somehow I  think that they would have left the water lilies in peace, allowing them to push up through the waters and to spread their plate like leaves and delicate flowers on the surface.

Dragonfly Macro

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Dragonfly macro Charles Kenwright

Dragonfly Macro
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A few weeks ago this dragonfly breathed it´s last on our terrace. It had positioned itself under a small table and, well, slowly expired, for that was how it went, it seemed to slowly drift away, it´s movements became less and slower, until it stopped altogether. The next morning I picked it up and put it in my room to photograph. Unfortunately I didn´t do it straight away, because when I looked again a few days later, it had somehow shrunk in on itself, I guess as it dried out. So now this is just the shell of the creature. I´m not sure what type of dragonfly it is – I should really look it up, or maybe someone here can tell me.

These flying fossils are fantastic insects, and belong to the order Odonata and the suborder Epicrocta. I love watching them hunting over ponds, and marvel at their incredibly quick flying and acrobatics as they jink and turn after their prey.