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IN THE FIELD: Far From Home

July 11, 2012 32 comments

We live in the woods and often have visitors to our back yard. Usually it’s the four legged species like deer, rabbits, squirrels, and an occasional fox. They don’t stay long since they are typically welcomed by a loud and boisterous canine committee.

Yesterday we had a guest in our back yard not normally seen in this area since the nearest body of water is on the other side of the mountain at least a mile away. This female dragonfly had been flying around our deck looking for a late morning snack of the insect variety. She is an Eastern Pond Hawk (Erythemis simplicicollis). She landed on the grill cover to rest for spell and while she was only there for a minute or so, I managed to get two photos of her before she vanished. I was fascinated how I could see the texture of the grill cover through her transparent wings.

Photographed with my 35mm f1.8 lens, shutter 1/400th, aperture f3.5.