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30 Days of Photos IV: Never

“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud. ” – Stephen King


Well, I wasn’t aiming for terror or to go for the gross out, but this turned out pretty disgusting anyhow. Today’s prompt for Day 19 of MikeWJ and Ziva‘s 30 day photography challenge is Never, which is the opposite of Always i.e., yesterday’s prompt. For that prompt, I went with the cute photo of the neighborhood cat. Today’s photo isn’t cute, unless you think dead things are cute.

Late one night, I noticed a large dragonfly clinging to the wall of my house.  I expected it to fly away as the wind bustled its wings but it remained motionless and was still there when I checked on it the next morning.  It stayed like that for three days and by that point I was starting to suspect that it would never fly again.  It was probably dead the whole time, just fixed to the wall with its insect death grip.  The next time I looked, it had detached from the wall and was now laying on its back looking like the losing side of a WWII dogfight.

dead dragonfly never

Head on over to Ziva‘s, link up, and see how everyone else interpreted today’s theme.

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  • And it never did fly again. Poor baby is dead 🙂

  • They’re easier to photograph when they’re dead. Same thing goes for family portraits.

  • *runs away screaming* | *scrubs eyes with bleach*

  • ReformingGeek

    Wow. That’s a good photo.

    (puking sounds)


    Ok. I get it. Never fly again.

    Sniff.. Sniff.

  • Monty Python said it best : ‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This dragonfly is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker!

    ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies!
    ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig!
    ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!!

    Amazing close-up, Mike.

  • That would be a pretty picture if it wasn’t so disgusting.

  • My god, this is an amazing photo, Mike. I can even see the details of its wings. It’s disgusting as hell, but totally awesome at the same time. I feel oddly conflicted now.

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Poor thing .. I guess that’s the fate of all dragonflies at the end of the summer. I found one half dead on our doorstep a couple of weeks back. I rescued it and put it in a safe place where it could wait for the sun, but I’ll never know if it survived or got eaten.

  • You claim not to have gone for “gross” but yet you did. OMG…. ICK

  • I wish this was right-side up because it’s beautiful and I love trying identifying other people’s photos of birds, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, moths, caterpillars, and on and on and on. Great macro shot ~ I love the details of the wings..

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    OMG, you’re the bug whisperer. Only you don’t just calm them down, you kill them.

    Another terrific photo, Mike. I’m starting to get jealous of you.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Every family portrait should contain at least one dead person.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Monty Python was the best.

  • Jackal

    awwwww bless

  • He’s got his groove on with his new camera and I’m thoroughly enjoying his photos. The man’s got a great eye and now he’s got the equipment to showcase his talents. Top (only?) reason that having the 30 DoP IV in September was a great idea. 😀

  • I’m almost positive this is a very dead Saffron-Winged Meadowhawk. I’ve never seen one before so now I’m even more jealous of your capture.

  • Nope. Unless you count ‘falling dead off the wall’ as flying.

  • Oh no! Your eyes!

  • It’s clearly Fall. The time when things….fall.

  • He’s just pining for the fjords, but yeah, he’s quite dead. Thanks , Dufus.

  • I must agree.

  • Are you saying that you don’t want a wall sized copy for your living room?

  • Thanks, Z. It really is super gross. So much so that it’s now the background of my work computer 😉

  • Yep, I do love the fall but it means the end of a particular cycle of life too. That’s why spring is so amazing, even though it’s like…8 months away…gah!

  • Guilty as charged 😉

  • Thank you. I actually though ahead and took some shots while it was perched on the wall. It should make an appearance on outtake day 🙂

  • Why am I picturing a Weekend at Bernie’s kind of scenario?

  • I don’t know anything about these guys. I’ll display a shot of his back soon enough so we can figure out what he was 🙂

  • Thanks, Mike. This thing literally landed in my lap. Well, not actually because that would have freaked me out and I really would have killed it.

  • Ditto 🙂

  • Oh holy COW! What an incredible closeup! Buggy, wet, green and fabulous!

  • Wow! Circle of life,huh?

  • MalisaHargrove

    WTF? WTF? WTF? You do know that I don’t like winged objects, right? You just scared the ever loving shit out of me. Congratulations.

  • Trust me, I’m not obsessed although it probably seems that way and maybe you’re right and I need help. Or not.

    I was trying to identify the dragon I was planning to post today and I realized that yours has a body a whole lot like my dragon except the wings are different. 😉


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