It has been a cool spring in the Pacific northwest. We have yet to reach 80 degrees this year, and the last time the temperature was that high, was in mid October.
Because of the coolness, the dragonfly population has been slow to make an appearance.
However, Tuesday (June 14), I made my fifth trip to the sewage ponds north of town and found my first-of-the-year dragonflies, along with some damselflies.
The damselflies, were the typical Tule Damselfly found in vast numbers at the ponds last year. The dragonflies were also residents of the sewage ponds. The first I saw were male and female Band-winged Meadowhawk. Unfortunately, I was unable to image them.
Then, while photographing a juvenile Robin, I noticed another dragonfly land nearby. Stepping across the rocks, I was able to get my first dragonfly photo of the year…a male Variegated Meadowhawk.
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