I spent a lot of the last summer trying to get a shot of a dragon fly, but could never find them at rest. So I was hardly expecting to come across one just chilling in Portmeadow, Oxford. It was a very cooperative subject, I don't even resent having to crawl over mud and cow shit to get these photos…
The beastie below is a Libellula depressa, or a broad-bodied chaser dragonfly to you and me.
Surprised how docile it was. Didn't know I could just pick one up.
I like this shot. The blue in the wing is a reflection of the sky.
More pictures on my Flickr page.