This dragonfly seemed to be having a bit of trouble when I found it. It was on the small, sandy beach at Mausert’s Pond sitting in the sun, which would not be all that notable except that it had crinkled wings and an abdomen that made an unnatural J-curve at the tail end. Getting down on all fours, I approached it with caution, but it soon became obvious the only “flight” it was taking was a glorified hop. Or simply turning its head away and presenting its bottom to the camera — a bug’s favorite maneuver, though usually not as common among dragonflies. Our poor, damaged friend also had a peculiar coloration. I had seen similar dragons before, but they had blue eyes and white snouts. My guess is that I encountered a teneral, i.e. a freshly-emerged adult, which are typically soft-bodied and exhibit different, temporary coloration from the standard adult.
Befitting our curious friend, the photograph I took turned out charming but somewhat off. I really like the composition, especially the way the in-focus elements are arranged, but every time I look at it as a whole, I come away disappointed. On a second attempt, I sharpened it more which helped, but my dissatisfaction remained. I think it mainly has to do with the colors and contrast. Using the Hue-Lightness-Saturation controls, I made some attempts to enliven the photo. I added some “rouge” to the dragon, i.e. saturated the red color zone. Again, it helped a little, but there is ever something missing. The image is flat, and the dull background colors meld too much with the edge of the eyes. I was getting very frustrated, as most of my other “improvements” seemed to degrade the image in other areas. So I am putting this in the “let it go” category. It probably deserves another go in the future, but some bugs and some photos don’t ever really get off the ground. We’ll see.