I can't believe it's gone half-past-August already. Mentally, I'm still just getting geared up for April.
The rainclouds have gone away for a couple of days (but only that), so I managed to escape to the Arboretum for a few hours. The main aim was to get used to a new toy. This, however, isn't it.
The dew pond is home to a range of little critturs, of which these are probably the most engaging. This is a Southern Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea), one of half a dozen or so that patrol the general area, occasionally getting into dogfights or investigating new things.
They're very inquisitive, and if you stand still for a few minutes, they'll come quite close to check out the strange looking tree that's suddenly appeared. They're also very infuriating, apparently able to detect when a lens is coming into focus or a shutter is about to fire and dodge away. The best bet is to watch where their regular patrols take them, focus on one of the stations, and wait.
Tech stuff: OM 100mm, f/5.6, on-camera flash; focused to about 1 m. This is a crop of about 1/3 frame.
Thanks for stopping to take a look.