St. Mary’s Lake was a cooperative photographic subject, staying in one spot and offering just enough breeze to keep the reflections interesting.
The many species of dragonflies near the lake were less cooperative. They had a regrettable tendency to flit tirelessly about until alighting too far away and up-sun at that. Now that I can actually see this guy without squinting, it’s clear that his wings are ready for a trade-in.
What with brambles and underfoot sogginess, their preferred habitat was not mine. But the closer I could get with my feet without spooking them, the better chance I had of an uncluttered and in-focus shot that would crop successfully.
I’m still trying to strip out the busy-ness from my photos, either by standing in a different spot or by using a different depth of field, at least when I remember and when I can react fast enough. Of course the truth is that I take what I can get. And for all their challenges, dragonflies are easier than hummingbirds.