So these are the first dragonflies I photographed this year. Common green darners typically are difficult “gets” for me (in spite of their putative “commonness”); I rarely see them at rest. A male will often patrol around the pond and picnic area of my favorite park. This shot represents my first opportunity to shoot a mating pair. Naturally, I was ecstatic, but the results were somewhat disappointing; my own hurriedness and the obstructing grass (they landed in the mowed grass of the picnic area) as well as the very bright sunlight made it difficult to get a good angle. Nonetheless, here’s to beautiful dragon bug love!