Grounded By Cold

This common white-tailed dragonfly was too cold to take to the air early this morning, and even though they're at their best in flight this one is still fascinating while grounded. This spot on top of the doghouse isn't a great place to be since the dog loves to chase all things flying. Once warmed by the sun, though, it will likely be nimble enough to easily evade her.

Deep in torpor with wings drooping it reminds me of the old Aeroflot Mil-Mi26 helicopter at rest, but this beautiful creature is much more adept than any human-made flying machine is.

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