For the last 4 days I have taken my house apart and cleaned every nook and cranny and washed and heat dried every bit of bedding etc. The reason – fleas! They are in the grass outside and of course with 2 cats they brought them in. I am allergic to fleas… It also didn’t help that I found the remains of a mouse or rat nest in the back bedroom cupboard. They had eaten through the baseboard in 4 places. Strangely there was no smell…Everything has been bleached.
But I am sure we are flea free at last, but naturally I am feeling pooped. So this morning has been one of leisure, reading and drinking a nice espresso in the garden. Much to my delight a dragonfly was using the pond as a hunting territory and I was able to watch it as it searched for insects, hovered, darted, and generally did its dragonfly thing.
I had time to fetch my camera and to experiment with the manual focus, as the auto-focus couldn’t read the dragonfly – I think because the wings were moving so rapidly. In the end I focused on an object at about the average distance that the dragonfly was flying for most of the time. Amazingly I managed to get 4 photos that at least show the general structure from different angles. I could reconstruct the dragonfly if I needed to draw or paint it. I think it is a California Darner. My camera would need to be much more sophisticated to catch a moving dragonfly in sharp definition.
But I am including 2 dragonfly photos from a few years ago, so that you can see its markings more clearly. I am not sure of the green dragonfly, it might be a skimmer.