By David Keane
A dad-of-two snapped the moment droplets of frost and early morning dew made a ‘bling’ dragonfly’s wings dazzle as if they were encrusted with hundreds of jewels.
The stunning images show the black darter dragonfly ready itself to fly at dawn, where it must lie in the sun to warm itself before it can take flight as the frost glistens like diamonds on its delicate wings.
Andrew Fusek Peters says he has spent four years hunting for the roosting spot of the elusive creature so he could get these incredible dawn shots on the Long Mynd in Shropshire.
The 51-year-old was up at 4am to begin his search and also snapped the sun about to break on the horizon over The Wrekin – a hill of more than 1,000ft whose unusual name is believed to stem from the Latin for ‘place of werewolves’.
It shows heather blooming in the high summer over the Shropshire hills, creating a purple carpet just moments before Andrew finally discovered the dragonfly.
Andrew, from Lydbury North, Shrops, said: “These are very elusive creatures and finding where they roost is incredibly hard amongst the thousands of acres of heathland.
“It has taken me four years to find the right spot, and I’m so glad I was able to capitalise on it when I did.
“The way the frost glistens on their wings in the morning sun really is quite magical and it gives the tiny the creature the appearance as if it is encrusted in hundreds of diamonds or crystals – though obviously it wouldn’t fly far if it was.”