Black Dragons

Dragonflies have been becoming more numerous in Niigata since the start of July. I visited the pond in the park near Big Swan at Toyanogata a couple of times. The weather has been humid but not so hot. I photographed several kinds of dragonflies, but my favourites are the black ones. Depending on the angle they shimmer with various hues. Purple, then green or blue and their movements are very graceful.

Atrocalopteryx arata, Haguro Tombo (Black-winged Dragonfly) Actually a large damselfly.

The beautiful damselfly above is almost 7 centimetres in length. I saw just the one and was lucky to get these shots before it disappeared through the green. It was a very nice encounter indeed.

A more common beauty is what reminds me of the “flutterer” group of dragonflies I saw in Australia earlier this year. There are quite a few “Chou Tombo” or “Butterfly Dragonflies” getting around Toyanogata. I first found them there 11 years ago. Rhyothemis fuliginosa. They are really graceful and make me feel like I’m wandering around in a Tomb Raider video game. See the images below:

Rhyothemis fuliginosa,   Chou Tombo,  Butterfly Dragonfly

Rhyothemis fuliginosa, Chou Tombo, Butterfly Dragonfly

I’ve captured a number of other dragons too, and the season has a long way to go. Let’s hope I get more.