A FAREWELL TO “RED”
I was introduced to “Red” a few weeks ago and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our meetings over that time. I learned a lot about “Red.” For instance, he’s a Flame Skimmer Dragonfly who is native to the southwestern United States. They tend to be flighty. Yet for some unexplained reason, “Red” became comfortable around me, even though I was snapping hundreds of pictures. There were times when he would pose for me and actually allow me to be close enough to touch him. Once, he even landed on my hand. Magically, he seemed to lose his fear of me over time.
In my last post, I mentioned a change in “Red.” More about that in a moment.
I thought I would share a shot of the area “Red” calls home. He has some wonderful neighbors.
Remember when I said “Red” was trying to tell me something? Well, he was excited for me to meet someone…”Mrs. Red!” Unfortunately, she was having nothing to do with me. Maybe she was just shy. Even though “Red” would come close to me and make every attempt to bring her over to me – she would never become as trusting as he.
Since she was determined to remain in flight, I had to capture her from afar and in motion. “Mrs. Red” is on the left. “Red” is on the right.
While making several attempts to capture “Mrs. Red” I noticed this bloom as it came into my frame. I had to snap it while I was hoping for a better shot.
Why was “Mrs. Red” so flighty? Well if you haven’t guessed by now, she was scouting for a safe place to lay her eggs. That’s right, there’s going to be “Little Reds” at some point in the future!
If you notice the rippling of the water, it was created when “Mrs. Red” would dive into the water to lay her eggs. This pattern continued for several minutes.
Just before they flew away together, I captured this shot of “Red” as he came so close as if to say, “Let me pose for you one more time – after all, I’m going to be a proud papa!” I think this may be my favorite shot. The color is amazing!
I’ve seen “Red” a few times since this day. He still flies right up to me and perches next to where I’m sitting.
A few weeks ago, I met “Red.” I’m glad I did. If you would like to read the entire story of “Red” you can check out my posts: “I Met a Dragonfly Today” from 7/13/10, and “Seeing Red” from 7/16/10.
As always, thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you tomorrow.
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