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All in a Good Day’s Hike

July 15, 2012
Comanche Skimmer

© jmillerphoto.com – Comanche Skimmer dragonfly

Life has been treating me relatively well of late.  It has been busy, without a doubt, but manageable.  I am slowly sifting through my shoots for the year to flag images for processing and I’m down to only 16.  Of course there is still that backlog of actually processing the keepers, but in good time…

Yesterday was spent at Lost Maples State Natural Area, near Vanderpool, Texas.  I had been to this park once before, but it was many years back and it was exclusively to take a look at the bird blind for a review on another of my blogs.  I had hoped to get back to the park soon after my initial visit, but that was probably close to 4 years ago.

This day was a planned day, though as often is the case, my planning included being there about 2 hours earlier than we were.  Life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans.  My ultimate plan was to do some dragonfly photography and I was not disappointed.  With 220 images onto the card, most of them of dragonflies, it was a very good day indeed.

It also turned out to be a nice day for a hike, as we put in just short of 3 miles on the odometer.  Our trip took us up the East Trail, starting at the parking lot near the bird blind.  We walked the east trail up to the 2 marked ponds on the map and then headed back down the hill.  For an extra mile and a half we could have completed the East Trail instead of backtracking.  But with a steep section in front of us (and one further down the trail) and minus those things (creeks) that inspired the trip in the first place, we decided to pass on doing the full loop and wandered back from hence we began.

The highlight of the day was adding the Comanche Skimmer (Libellula comanche) to my life list.  Most of time time I have to get the pictures home to make sure I get the ID right, but not with this one.  This is one of those dragonflies that I had seen on the Tom Green County list on Odonata Central and yet to see in the wild.  But with such a small list to memorize (just 22 species are known to exist in the county), I could identify that dragonfly immediately.

All in all a good day on the trails, lots of good images, and an incentive to come back soon.

About the Image:
As previously mentioned, this was on the East Trail.  There was only one place where this dragonfly was hanging out, and it was in the creek crossing right before the ponds.  Standard gear was employed.  Tech data was ISO 400, 1/200 at f/16 on the tripod.  No flash.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2012 1:09 pm

    Great post. Great photos. Well done, Jim.

  2. July 15, 2012 4:46 pm

    Congrats on the lifer!

    • July 15, 2012 4:55 pm

      Thanks Cindy. It is always fun to get a lifer, regardless of the family of critter 🙂

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