Meadowhawk Mike

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) like Mike! Mike Powell, that is, a.k.a. “Meadowhawk Mike.” The following photos were taken at Huntley Meadows Park on 15 November 2013. Each set of images, or individual image, features a different dragonfly (or dragonflies) perching on Mike at various times during the day. Disclaimer: No dragonflies were either injured or killed in the making of these photos.

Now you see it; now you don’t! A male dragonfly perching on Mike’s shoulder, that is. Or was.


A time-series of images showing a mating pair in tandem. Mating pairs are usually more skittish than this male and female.


Sometimes the same dragonfly — or more than one dragonfly — perched in different places.


Another male, testing a couple of perching places.


A male on Mike’s arm.


This isn’t an optical illusion — a male dragonfly actually is perching on Mike’s blue jeans. Well, actually it is an optical illusion — my eyes cross when I look at these photos too long!


A male dragonfly, with a little help from a friend, endorses an Adidas messenger bag for carrying photo gear.


Another mating pair in tandem, perching on the back of Mike’s sweatshirt.

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pair, in tandem)

By now you may be wondering, what’s the point? (Pun intended. That’s so like Mike, isn’t it?) Point is, Mike is a meadowhawk magnet!


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3 Responses to “Meadowhawk Mike”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Yikes. I had forgotten how many times I had dragonflies perched on various parts of my body during those sessions when we were chasing them with our camera. Your shots are wonderfully detailed and sharp, which was not easy since your subject often had trouble standing still.

  2. Mike Powell Says:

    Reblogged this on Mike Powell and commented:
    I don’t know what it was about Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies, but they really seemed to like to perch on me during several sessions when I was stalking them with fellow photographer and blogger Walter Sanford, who was able to capture shots of them (including mating pairs) on various parts of my clothing and body. His shots are wonderful and provide some great views of this colorful dragonfly that seems to have disappeared with the arrival of frigid weather.

  3. afrenchgarden Says:

    Is it pheromones, Mike?:) All the dragonflies and damselflies I try to photograph are extremely skittish.

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