A few days ago, just before the thunderstorm rolled in, I walked down to the south end of the canal with Suki and the camera. The dragonflies like it on that end because of the exposed grass and reeds, plus there’s a narrow strip of sand on my side. This is important, because if they were on the other side, I’d have to walk a really long distance to get close enough to them to take photos.
Allison H, you are about to see COLOR. 🙂 While some dragonflies are black, most of them are not. I managed to identify all but one; it remains a mystery for now, but eventually, I’ll get a better photo of it and track it down.
This first one is an Eastern Amberwing. He’s very small. This is the best one I got of him, and it’s not great, but I plan to keep trying until I get a better one. It was also windy, and the breeze kept blowing him around, which blurs the photo. I love the gold bands on his tail. Btw, you can tell male from female by looking at the pincers at the end of the tail. In males, these are closer together.
Here’s our old friend, the Scarlet Skimmer. I love his deep, beautiful red color. Note: you can click on any of these and see them full-sized. If you’re interested in detail, I recommend it. Notice the delicate color at the tips of each wing. This is an important tool toward identification.
Next is the one I have yet to identify. His wings are clear except for the slight brown “saddlebags” on his back wings. I looked it up but found nothing that matched perfectly. Next time, I need a pic from above so I can clearly see the wings and body. I love the sun sparkle on the wings.
When I took most of these, I was between five and eight feet away. I prefer to get closer, but on my side of the canal, there is no easy way down to the water. As we proceed through the rainy season, the water levels will rise but then the reeds and grass will be covered. 😦 I may have to visit R’s canals. There are several in his neighborhood, all of which can be gotten to from the road.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful summer full of photo ops. 🙂