Last week I spotted Purple Skimmers preforming their namesake behavior over a pond. There was a good supply of mosquitoes to keep them occupied.
I don’t recall seeing this species before but in typical dragonfly behavior they taunted me to get an inflight shot.
I was not successful as each spot they hovered had a vegetation obstruction or I was just too slow. Fortunately they took frequent breaks.
A dragonfly perched on a bare branch that was hanging out over a pond. I liked the blue-grey color of the water in the background and hint of color of a flower on the left branch.
Dragonfly, striking a pose in the vegetation at the edge of a pond.
Did he really need four wings?
Somehow making do
An orange dragonfly chose a bent reed as his perch, lining up nicely for a symmetrical image.
The very overgrowth that prevented a good view into the pond when I was trying to spot a Gallinule Family provides an abundance of dragonfly perches.
This one was bouncing in a light breeze but the dragonfly was determined to stay put.
Triangles of grass and their reflections caught my eye.
The dragonfly was a bonus.
This dragonfly has an orange-ish tail. I don’t think it’s as colorful as Orange Dragonfly I photographed two years ago that Mike Powell suggested could be a Needham’s Skimmer.
There are other orange dragonflies, including the Golden-winged Skimmer. And let’s not forget that that variations in sex and age confound identification. So, a colorful dragonfly above the swamp.
A number of dragonflies were working the edges of the the swamp along the boardwalk. This Great Blue Skimmer chose a perch that gave me a good view.
The greenery made a nice background and the dragonfly stayed put while I went by him for a different angle.
I liked the way this dragonfly spanned the space between the dried trumpet vine pod and the branch, filling in the angled line. And he looked like he was holding up the right hand branch.
A slightly different angle of view, with the dragonfly closing that space completely, and cropped to 1X1.