The dragonfly, featured in this inaugural edition of 'Bokeh', was taken at Cornerstone Sonoma in one of their many walk-through gardens showcasing innovative designs by various landscape architects but there's more to the story than that.
I had heard that mornings were the best time to capture winged insects because the dew keeps them relatively immobile. So when I see butterflys, bees or dragonflys during the afternoon, I rarely even try and get a shot of them. However, as we were walking through a garden I spotted this insect in flight and for some reason pulled my camera into firing position. Before I knew it, the dragonfly hovered and then lit on the plant and I took my first shot. Expecting it to fly away any second, I kept shooting while moving around to get different views. The little bug stayed in the same place for 5-10 seconds, which is an eternity for flying bugs.
Of course not every image is a keeper and what made my brief time with this particular insect so rewarding, was the quality shot I captured. I've entered this photo in seven online challenges and it has always performed amazingly well. In fact, other than two images entered in an Abstract Photography challenge, Carrot Tummy is my third highest vote getter in a single challenge to date, which totals over 80 challenges.