POTD: Cattail Drama Part 1

Cattail Drama Part 1
Bozeman, Montana

One exception to my observation that dragonflies rarely land for longer than a second or two apparently occurs during mating. Although dragonflies can mate in the air while flying, the activity often starts with the female stationary. A voyeur photographer such as myself can take advantage of this fact to get some easy shots with a better success rate than photographing them while they’re flying.

This Cattail Drama series covers a time period of 4-5 minutes during which quite a story unfolds. In this first shot, a hapless male ended up in the water after a brief struggle with a female he was attempting to get to know better. For all appearances he was done for.

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