I happened to be out at my favorite pond at the very back of the first nature park I ever visited. I was after a few pictures of some ducks that were at the far away forbidden end of the pond. While I was walking over there through the weeds I found something completely different.
What I found was a butterfly flying around. It was a small orange butterfly with black spots. It kept landing on plants and then flying away too fast for me to get a picture. Then it met up with another of its kind and they began flying circles around each other like all butterflies like to do. That's when I saw my ultimate prize!
It was this red dragonfly you see in these pictures. I believe it is called a Red Skimmer, but I could be completely wrong about that. I really don't know much about dragonflies yet, except for the fact that they eat those evil nasty mosquitoes! That's right! Dragonflies are our friends.
The great thing about this dragonfly was that when I first saw it, it was still in the air flying around and enjoying the day. It hovered in several places, but I just wasn't fast enough with my camera to capture it for all to see that way. I'd love a shot like that!
As if the kind little creature understood what I wanted, it landed on this old flower top. This gave me the perfect opportunity to get a few quick shots of it before it flew away. But the great thing was that it didn't fly away yet. It stayed right there until I was satisfied. I got some decent pictures before it flew into the air.
I knew my pictures were only passable, but I was happy. I took some faraway shots of the ducks that didn't turn out very good, and then turned to leave. That's when my little dragonfly friend decided to land right back on the same flower to give me another chance.
When I began again, my pictures were so blurry it hurt. But then I figured out the right way to get the focus and I began getting more pictures. These pictures are some of those. My friend the dragonfly even let me move right in close so I could get the best shots possible.
I guess he wanted to be an internet star just like the squirrels and the geese. I'm glad I broke a few rules and went where I wasn't supposed to go. Otherwise I would never have made friends with this little red dragonfly. Of course, I checked to make sure it was safe before I went to that forbidden place. Ahhh, I really like dragonflies!
I seem to be running a little behind with everything again. It's not a big deal. I just need to catch up with things. I'm finding so many things in nature right now that I'm feeling overwhelmed. I just have trouble writing when I have so many things swirling through my mind. I guess it's actually a problem we all would like to have. How do I write about the birds I found when there are tiny toads to mention, or even a fascinating story about the geese! I'll just have to find a way. Woe is me!