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SamW

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Coming home from a mid shift years ago on Kodiak, a dragonfly flew over my shoulder out in front of me, did a half loop and grabbed a gnat out of the sky. It landed on a bush a few feet away and proceeded to have breakfast. I have been in love with dragonflies ever since and is why I named my property Odonata Station...Odonata being the family of Damselflies and Dragonflies.
 
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Coming home from a mid shift years ago on Kodiak, a dragonfly flew over my shoulder out in front of me, did a half loop and grabbed a gnat out of the sky. It landed on a bush a few feet away and proceeded to have breakfast. I have been in love with dragonflies ever since and is why I named my property Odonata Station...Odonata being the family of Damselflies and Dragonflies.
That's awesome! I don't know what it was eating exactly, but here's one finishing off a snack: 75D_8510.jpg
I didn't think fast enough to compose the eyes and the snack wing on the same plane of focus. I discovered it with much more insect intact and by the time I put the camera to my eye, it was nearly gone.
 
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TG, Looks like your deer has a big. healed wound on the left side of it's neck and a smaller one on the left shoulder. Maybe battle scars or dog attack?
Yeah John they have a rough time here in these parts, may just be the product of blindly running into an unseen fence line at night (while being chased by dogs). My dogs were otherwise occupied and didn't know this one was lurking about, could've reached out the window at one point and touched it.


Chronic wasting disease has not been detected in Oregon, yet............
 

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Not sure where this guy came from as we no longer have much natural habitat for them this far from the river, may be an escapee from a farmed operation, nice to see none the less........

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Here's one from a few months ago. While eating lunch I noticed something hanging from the upper track of the open sliding glass door. It was an emerging Black Swallowtail Butterfly (I later found the empty chrysalis up inside the channel). After about a half hour it lost its grip and tumbled to the threshold, wings limp as rags. I quickly got a short stick to pick it up, expecting to transfer it to a nearby shrub. However, as soon as it clambered onto the stick it kept right on going over my hand, up my arm, over my shoulder and got comfy on the side of my face, where it stayed for about an hour until it was ready to fly away. Quite the magical moment!

Of note: The rows of tiny scales- that's not pixellation of the photo. And I could see the greenish gold blood pumping into the big veins (arteries?) as the wings inflated.
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Here's one from a few months ago. While eating lunch I noticed something hanging from the upper track of the open sliding glass door. It was an emerging Black Swallowtail Butterfly (I later found the empty chrysalis up inside the channel). After about a half hour it lost its grip and tumbled to the threshold, wings limp as rags. I quickly got a short stick to pick it up, expecting to transfer it to a nearby shrub. However, as soon as it clambered onto the stick it kept right on going over my hand, up my arm, over my shoulder and got comfy on the side of my face, where it stayed for about an hour until it was ready to fly away. Quite the magical moment!

Of note: The rows of tiny scales- that's not pixellation of the photo. And I could see the greenish gold blood pumping into the big veins (arteries?) as the wings inflated.
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