True confession: I’ve struggled to stay motivated recently. The little voice inside my head kept asking, “Why do you endure long, difficult walks through chigger- and tick-infested vegetation, thorny vines, blood-thirsty mosquitos, hot and humid weather — all in pursuit of dragonflies and damselflies?”
Then I was reminded of the answer to my question: Sometimes Mother Nature gives me a glimpse of her awesome beauty. I enjoy sharing photographs of my good fortune, and I enjoy the opportunity for informal science education provided by my wildlife photography. I hope followers of my photoblog enjoy both looking at the photos and reading the related text!
This individual is a female, as indicated by its terminal appendages. Female Painted Skimmers have a pair of flanges beneath their eighth abdominal segment that are used to scoop and hold a few drops of water when laying eggs (oviposition), hence the family name “Skimmer.” Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back.
I’m especially fond of head-tilts in which the individual seems to display some of its personality.
I worked the shot until my stunningly beautiful model …
… decided the photoshoot was finished and flew high into the nearby trees.
Please look at the full-size version of the preceding photos in order to see the exquisite coloration of this dragonfly.
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