An eager male Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) decided to latch onto this female as she laid eggs in the water. A bad idea. The female quickly threw the male aside: Instant face-plant right on a cattail leaf (pardon pun). “Not now!” “Oomph!” The male, quite determined, continued to hover around the female until she had finished her important business. Then the two dragonflies resumed their romance, and took off in tandem.
Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/500 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 500
Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
16 Jul 2010