As my partner, Fleur-Ange, and I were walking the dog yesterday afternoon. Fleur-Ange noticed this dragonfly.
She approached the dragonfly with Tai Chi speed and patience and took over 40 digital photos in the process.
The abdomen of the dragonfly glowed a golden brown in the sunlight.
When Fleur-Ange got so close that she touched the dragonfly, it flew away but not before the camera recorded the hairs on the dragonfly's thorax.
We identified the dragonfly as a Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) using the Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies.