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Steve Price
West Valley, UT
09:15 am

Equipment Details:

Google Pixel 5 cell phone

Post-processing Details:

Cropped, sharpened

Image Details:

This is a Shadow Darner dragonfly. After running an errand at work it buzzed around the shrubbery along the east facing wall of my office building and landed on a branch. I carefully pulled out my phone and started taking pictures while and slowly approached it. It never flew off and so I got a few decent shots. After tossing the blurry images I cropped this one as a keeper. Several of its wings have damage...a left and right wing have leading edge damage and the lower left wing has a sizeable hole in it. Despite the damage it seemed to fly and hunt just fine.