Here”s looking at dew: The dragonflies which pose for their picture as they take their daily shower
These are the stunning images of dragonflies and flies frozen in time as they appear to by crystalised by the morning dew.
The tiny droplets of water magnify the dragonflies” beauty and reveal the details and bright red, orange, green and blue colours of the flying insects.
Macro photography, as demonstrated here by David Chambon, a photographer working in Doubs in eastern France, requires a decent light-source – and in this case it is the jewel-like droplets which capture the light so essential for these works of art.
This stunning shot looks almost like a Pixar animation: The dragonfly peers back at the camera with large beady eyes
Thousands of tiny drops cover this dragonfly”s body as the dew takes hold
The entire insect seems covered by the dew, with the creature keeping just its hands exposed
Clinging to the edge: The bubbles of water magnify the beauty and reveal the details and bright red, orange, green and blue colours of the flying insects
The countless bubbles seem suspended like ornaments on top of the creatures, the moisture turning them into natural diamonds.
Photographer David Chambon, 31, said: “I love capturing sleepy dragonflies in the morning dew with my camera.
“They look like pure gems. It”s always an adrenaline rush. You have to go very slowly not to disrupt them and to make sure they don”t fly away.”
The red dragonfly clings to a stalk – a far cry from pre-historic days when these insects could measure their length in feet
Thousands of tiny drops cover the insects – making them look like early-morning jewels
Frond of the mornings: The creatures do not seem perturbed by the influx of water, perhaps enjoying the early morning wash
He added: “I took these pictures at dawn during a holiday.
“I live five minutes from a natural reserve in Franche-Comte in the Doubs, in France, which is the perfect place for macro photography.
“I can”t describe these moments because each of them is different and each time it”s a surprise.
“Macro photography is a really beautiful area, seeing these insects so close to their intimacy gives me chills every time.”
Cone fly with me! This little bug sits on the end of a leaf or cone, staying motionless until the sun gives it a good drying off
Who you looking at This bug peeks out from over the fronds, keeping an eye on our beady photographer
It”s a bug”s life: But with a ready supply of water, life should not get too tough
Is my picture dew This dragonfly looks positively soaked by the clinging drops of water
Bugged off: The fly clings to this leaf, perhaps weighted down by the sheer mass of water clinging to its surface