Discovering Dragonflies at Sequoyah Refuge

I photographed this Dragonfly on a vine while I was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Dragonfly On A Vine
Dragonfly On A Vine

During the hot summer here in my area, I will photograph lots of insects while I’m out hiking. Especially while I’m at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. The corn and other vegetation is over head high, which makes it difficult to see the larger wildlife.

 The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma is a breathtaking place for nature lovers, bird watchers, and photographers. Spread across more than 8,000 acres, the refuge is a perfect habitat for many species of dragonflies.

Dragonflies are large, predatory insects that belong to the order Odonata. They are easily recognizable by their long, slender bodies and large, transparent wings. Dragonflies are important indicators of a healthy ecosystem and play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of nature by feeding on mosquitoes, flies, and other insects.

The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is home to a variety of dragonflies, including the Eastern Pondhawk, Blue Dasher, and Twelve-spotted Skimmer. These insects can be seen flying over the marshes, streams, and ponds, hunting for prey and laying their eggs in the water.

Dragonflies are great subjects for photographers. With a little patience and the right equipment, visitors can capture the beauty of these insects in stunning detail. Whether it’s a close-up shot of their delicate wings or a shot of them in flight, the results are sure to be breathtaking.

In conclusion, the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is a must-visit for anyone who loves nature and wildlife. With its diverse habitats and abundant wildlife, it offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re a seasoned nature photographer or a beginner, the refuge is sure to provide you with endless opportunities to capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


I pulled into West Sally Jones Causeway parking area to turn around when I saw lots of Dragonflies. I photographed this one from my pickup. I had my camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 3, 2020 (08:20:08 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/280 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 160
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 263 mm

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