It was such a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon that I decided it was about time for a dragon hunt. I managed to spot 3 different types of dragonfly in the local water meadows, and this one, the emperor dragonfly is definitely the most visually striking. Fortunately for me he came to rest
on a bull rush for a few seconds and I managed to grab this shot. Most of the time he was in the air hunting.
Despite trying for about 30 minutes solid I just couldn't manage to get a shot of him in flight that was sufficiently in focus. I probably should have taken a tripod. In the meantime the other insect life around the water was making a meal out of me. In the end I gave up after being bitten four times by some sort of aggresive fly and hightailed it to safety.
I'm now sitting rubbing anti-hystemine cream into the bites which have swollen up somewhat, and are more than a little itchy. Still it was worth it for the photo. Although I might invest in some DEET before I go down to the water meadows again!