Early morning here often means heavy dew on the grass – humidity often approaches 100%. As I walked to a hoop tractor during morning feeding, I noticed the unmistakable double set of wings of a dragonfly…and a real beauty. She was clinging to a blade of grass, completely still, as if dormant (understandable in an ectotherm). At last, a chance to capture her image!
Trying to photograph dragonflies is akin to trying to photograph hummingbirds – let’s just call it challenging. In this case, my subject was unusually cooperative, thanks to the cool temperatures. I knew I might not have another opportunity like this again soon (if ever).
To be sure she warmed up and flew away, I retraced my steps just now (it’s a comfortable 75 degrees, sunny, and humidity’s decreased to 55%) to where I spotted her. She was nowhere to be found.
Remember to really look around you as you move through the world, and you may be presented with gifts you only imagined.