|Delaware Wildlife Area, August 15, 2011|
I have made a habit of bringing my full camera rig to work every day, and during my lunch break, I take short photographic forays around the adjacent fields and forests. Today I hit the jackpot. I had spotted a dark dragon flying around above me as I was photographing ambush bugs, but it was high, far away, and it wasn't stopping to perch. As I walked back to the office, a dragon zipped from behind me and landed in the edge of the old field, just 15 feet or so from my camera. I set up, moved in slowly, and bam, I got some shots that I can be proud of.
Although the Ohio Odonata Website isn't completely up-to-date, this sighting could turn out to be a new species for Delaware County. Normally this species is found relentlessy cruising up and down rivers, but they apparently do break away from time to time to explore adjacent uplands like this individual was doing today. The main take away from today's photograph? Never leave home without my good camera!