Flame skimmer dragonfly,, San Diego, California, USA by Cindy Croissant

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My home in San Diego is not near any lakes or other bodies of water so we get few dragonfly visitors, but each summer we somehow manage to get one or two. These flame skimmer dragonflies are easy to spot as their bodies are such a bright red-orange color and once they arrive, they tend to stick around for a few days. I was outside watering plants when I saw this beautiful, bright male dragonfly, so I ran in the house, grabbed my camera (which is always next to the back door) and started following him around the backyard. I started out with my 100-400mm telephoto lens but quickly found he was letting me get rather close to him, so I switched to my 100mm macro lens. He would sit on a leaf for a while, fly around, and then reposition over and over again. When he landed on the New Zealand Flax, his body was lit up in the sun, the background was in the shade and I managed to get a few shots until he flew off. Shortly thereafter I spotted a female flame skimmer. I left them alone to get acquainted.

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