This summer I spent four weeks doing computer programming for a biology professor I've mentioned before, who does some really cool research with dragonflies. I wasn't really involved with the biological aspect of it, but he explained to me what was going on in his research and let me pick his brain about dragonfly physiology, behavior, and life cycle.
In between bouts of programming I did get a little time to actually go to Steinmetz Park and see the dragonflies in the wild as well. I don't know if it's just because I'm much more familiar with them and better at identification, but I saw a much greater variety of species this year than last year, including many I've never seen or photographed before. These blue dashers were all over the place, but it was very hard to see them land, and even harder to get close to them. I finally managed to get this shot while squeezing in and around some thick reeds at the end of the pond and offering myself up to the mosquitoes as a feast.