The male Common Green Darner (Anax junius) protects his mate during egg-laying. This “protection” appears to be more for fending off competing males than, say, predators. Here, a pair of these large insects have landed carefully on the water, using a few narrow stems for support lest they sink into the drink. The female, at the rear, is busy depositing eggs below surface while the male keeps vigil for any interlopers.
Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
1/400 sec, f / 5.6, -1/3 EV, ISO 400
Hand-held, from a gently moving boat
Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, BC
11 Jul 2010