I really like the composition of this shot, but see it as "the one that got away". You all know the situation. You have a telephoto lens on the camera and a dragonfly settles nearby. You take a couple of banker shots and then switch to your macro lens. You creep up close, get the subject perfectly in focus, and just as you press the shutter, the dragonfly disappears, leaving you with a beautiful shot of nothing very much.
Newly emerged dragonfly, with exuvia
So far, at least five nymphs have emerged from my garden pond. On two occasions, I was fortunate enough to find the newly emerged, teneral dragonfly still clinging to the vegetation next to the exuvia. The wings in this shot are blurred because they were being gently shaken (to dry them?). Shortly after I took his shot, this young southern hawker flew off into the trees. Despite my best efforts, I have not yet managed to find a nymph as the dragonfly starts to emerge. However, there are still at least two m…
Dragonfly exuvia close-up
So far, at least five nymphs have emerged from my garden pond, leaving behind the cast-off outer casings, or exuviae. As far as I can tell, they were all southern hawker nymphs - on two occasions I found the newly emerged dragonfly clinging on next to the exuvia. The notes show a full image of the exuvia, and a pair of nymphs resting partly out of the water
Dragonfly nymphs, preparing to emerge
The nymphs are climbing further out of the water, but I still hadn't seen any adults at this point
I'm puzzled by this one. I though t it might be a black-tailed skimmer, but I wouldn't expect one of those to have yellow spots on the abdomen. Could this be a juvenile?