This whitetail skimmer, or dragonfly, made an appearance in my garden about ten days ago. I was relaxing in the shade that afternoon when I suddenly noticed something moving and squirming clear across the yard. With camera in hand I slowly approached the spot of movement. Imagine my surprise when I caught sight of this magnificent dragonfly.
After a few minutes, the dragonfly took off and flew over to where the alstroemeria are blooming.
I had just taken a few more pictures when without warning it took wing, and landed on a skinny, bare branch up in the camellia bush. Gripping tightly to the bare stick, it stayed perched moving only its head and eyes as if it didn’t want to tip off the insects it was praying on.
Every so often, it would fly up into the air, snatch a tiny bug, then return and land gracefully back on the branch.
Dragonflies are such fascinating creatures!
Are you going to explore in nature this weekend?