PapaD loves to take pictures of things in nature such as plants and flowers and trees and animals and birds and bugs.He is especially fond of photographing
 the numerous dragonfliesthat hang around his house and pond.He has
published several art books and children's books that feature some
of his dragonfly friends. In his books, PapaD promises to provide
more information about dragonflies and others of the subjects
of his photographs for those who are interested.
You can also order frameable are from his books
as well as other images he features here.
The following provides
a few more facts
specifically about


PapaD lives in rural Tennessee. He always tries to have a camera with him. He finds this much easier now than it used to be because many of his pictures are now taken with his phone camera.

Dragonflies and their
cousin damselflies are

both known scientifically
as Odenates. Damselflies
can usually be distinguished from dragonflies by two main differences. First, they tend to be smaller and have slimmer tails than do dragonflies.
And second, their wings sweep back at an angle to thier bodies, rather than going straight out. Some damselflies are so small that you have to look very carefully to even see them. There are many kinds of Odenates, both of the dagon kind and of the damsel kind.

Eastern Pand Hawk
Widow Skimmer
Great Pond Hawk
Banded Pendant
Slaty Skimmer
Great Blue Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Giant Darner
Slaty Skimmer
Pete's Dragons is a picture book
fairytale about PapaD's
dragonflies. Here
you may click the
images of a few of
them to learn more about them.
The field Guide that I most use is Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East
by Dennis Paulson
There are many dragonfly identification resources on the internet. Here is just one for the most common types:

In the United States alone their are nearly 500 species of Odenates. Around the world their are many times that.

Eastern Amberwing