It was hot in Iowa this past Sunday. But I was itching to get out in Cedar Rapids and take some photos. I decided to head over to the Brucemore Mansion and peruse the vast flower garden and pond in search of some dragonflies so I could take some Macro shots. I don’t have a “Macro” lens per se, but I was quite satisfied with how these turned out using my Tamron 18-270 telephoto lens. I had good sunlight today, so that helped with focus. The pond was very mossy, which lent itself to some really good dark bokeh backgrounds and added to the contrast of the subject matter. I hit the jackpot with a variety of green, blue, and red dragonflies. I know each of these species has a real name, but they’re just dragonflies to me. As a bonus, I was able to capture a green dragonfly enjoying a japanese beetle dinner! In case you were wondering, dragonflies are harmless creatures to humans. In fact, they are a very beneficial insect and can devour hundreds of mosquitoes and flies every day.