It was a hot day in Dogtown. I didn’t know which was heaver, the air or my camera pack. I was winding down my walk when I saw a flash of amber in the corner of my eye.
Since this was my first encounter with this bug, I took a couple of safety shots to make sure I didn’t miss capturing her. So many times I’ve come on a bird or a bug and by the time I got the shot line up, it would fly away.
This dragon was a bit different. She had her favorite perch from which she was hunting.
In times like these, I’ll sit and observe for a while.
Painted Skimmers are common in Eastern Massachusetts, so my guidebook says, but this is my first one.
They are found in the Eastern US and are expanding up to Nova Scotia.
She’s a good size dragon, about 1.75” long.
This is what is so great about dragonflies…they are predators. Here she has returned to her perch with a snack.
She was so tame that she allowed me to shoot her with my 18-55mm.
At this time, I bid goodbye to the Painted Skimmer. I was hot and getting a bit dehydrated. Besides it was time for lunch. Like Napoleon's Army, I travel on my stomach.