I was walking along the path and looking out for dragonflies but not finding any at all.
So I started thinking, "This seems to be a quiet season for dragonflies...", when I noticed a red marking on the stem of some low shrubs. What could it be?
I sneaked closer for a look and as it turns out, this is the highlight of my walk today.
The Tholymis tillarga when I spotted it today by chance this afternoon.
I started walking in closer very slowly and very quietly, each step as carefully as I can and took a few more photos as I approached it. This dragonfly did not seem to mind my presence at all.
Once I had taken enough photos, I retraced my steps so as not to disturb it. Could it be in a deep snooze? I doubt it. But I am glad it did not take off.
In previous encounters with this species, the Tholymis tillarga have always been such a relentless flier and would always be zapping up and down over the pond without stopping. Such energy! It had always been quite impossible to even try to take a photo of it.
Today, this dragonfly seems to be perched there, just posing for me.
It must be my lucky day.