No, I have not abandoned my website. Yes, I am still well and in great spirits. No, I have not left my cameras sitting around gathering dust. Yes, I have lots of new stuff to share—as time allows. I just checked a little while ago and was rather shocked to see that it’s been nearly five weeks since my last post. I haven’t done the research, but I’m pretty sure this is my longest hiatus so far. I plan not to let this happen again.
We’ve been up at our lake cabin for 3½ weeks now, and only yesterday have I had the time to finish processing the photos I’ve made so far. I’ll start with a couple that resulted from a traditional rescue mission. The mosquitoes have been plaguing us in nearly-unprecedented numbers, especially in early June, but our beloved dragonflies have come to our rescue in equivalent profusion. A number of the newly-emerged adults invariably misjudge something and make too-close contact with the surface of the lake and wind up floundering and floating, unable to take flight again until/unless they happen to come in lucky contact with a piece of flotsam or some shoreline vegetation—or one of us! Whenever we see one in the water, we go out of our way to lift it free and let it dry out to resume its hunting—with hopefully a bit more caution in the future, having learned from the experience.
This one was probably a young four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata), and it recovered fully, I am happy to report, and we happily watched it resume its rightful place in the natural order of things.