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Tickling the gossamer wing of a blue widow skimmer with a hummingbird tail feather. Photo taken in the Owen Rose Garden, Eugene, Oregon, USA. September 2013.


feathers, hummingbird, dragonfly, wings, garden, summer, amazing, patters, abstract, lighting, nature


  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon10 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz4710 months ago

    Zounds & all! The essence of abstract; could be said that Nature did it first, Nature does it best, & you, the Cometman, have stolen her thunder.

  • Many thanks, Sheila, but the Cometman was under the spell of the hummingbird feather as much as the dragonfly was. Fortunately, the magic transferred to the macro lens. The tale is in the tail feathers, gifts from a wee one who collided with our rear window that looks out on a riparian backyard. I used two feathers to stroke this dragonfly, so beguiled was he, and within a few minutes also entranced another dragonfly, a butterfly, and a garden fly with one of the miniscule feathers. Considering that the feathers are about an inch long, if that, my fingers were close enough to the insects to pluck them from their petal perches, not a likely feat under any other circumstance.

    – Kenneth Haley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz4710 months ago

    What a tale! Or is that ‘tail’? You ARE the Dragonfly Whisperer….

  • Karin Getaz
    Karin Getaz10 months ago

    Truly amazing ! You have a very gifted eye and certainly patience as one of your talents.

  • I’m very grateful for that encouragement, Karin! Thank you!

    – Kenneth Haley

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...10 months ago


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  • MotherNature2
    MotherNature210 months ago

    LOL – there. I laughed for the dragonfly who cannot. Clever:>) Congratulations on your feature in Nature’s Patterns and Designs – FAVE:>)

  • I think I heard it giggling. Or maybe it was a dragonfly purr. Thanks much!

    – Kenneth Haley

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily10 months ago

    simply amazing!!

  • Mariola Szeliga
    Mariola Szeliga10 months ago

    Great photo! Incredible details.

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature10 months ago

    I get to laugh for him again:>) This is such a magnificent picture!!! Congratulations on your feature in Super Macro Photography – FAVE:>)!

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