Tis the season...
...for dragonflies 2010. And the above is much better viewed large along with the photos in the comment section. If you do view large, first thing you'll notice is it's wearing false eyelashes. Seriously.
Good morning and Happy Dragonfly Thursday to everyone. As the title indicates, dragonfly season for 2010 is off and running here and has started with a bang. I've never seen so many of these Common Baskettails (Epitheca cynosura) as I have this spring, which were the first dragonflies I photographed locally.
This is the most common baskettail within its range, hence the name. The scientific name, cynosura, means dog tail, and possibly refers to way the cerci at the end of the abdomen curve outward like a dog wagging its tail one way then the other, (which can be seen in the last pic in the comment section).
As for these photos, they were taken at a nearby reclaimed strip mine, which is pocketed with small ponds and surrounding fields. Quite the haven for all kinds of dragonflies.
I hope you enjoy this series...and wishing you a truly great day. I'll be kind of hit & miss today as I've got a number of errands to run this morning so my response to comments and visits might be somewhat limited. Please bear with me on that...thank you.
ISO400, aperture f/11, exposure .006 (1/180) focal length 300mm