Sunday morning, on a stroll through the swampland of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, I heard the distinct flutter of gossamer wings. I didn’t expect to see many dragons but there quite a few Autumn Meadowhawks. My first ones of the year. Here in Massachusetts the Autumn Meadowhawks appear at the end of July. This being the beginning of August certainly is a good indicator that this is indeed an Autumn Meadowhawk.
The reason that I did not expect to see many dragons is because it was cool, overcast and was raining ever so slightly. But the most fun thing about shoot dragons in these conditions is that you do not get the blownout white spot on the eyes from the sun.
These bugs must have freshly emerged. They look so clean and fresh.
Although it was completely overcast you can see the light refracting through the upper left wing creating pastel colors.
Yes these are Autumn Meadowhawks but we still have a good six to seven weeks until the begin of fall. This meadowhawk will most likely be the last one that I show you at the end of the year. They will be around until November, long after most all of our other dragons are gone.