After an overnight shower, Thursday was refreshing. Raindrops lingered on vegetation and the morning was still and warm. Young sparrowhawk were food-begging in the canopy, a heron flew over the catchwater. A dragonfly flew to and fro before us, otherwise all seemed quiet.
Over drifts of hemp agrimony and purple loosestrife we searched the shadows of the woodland fringe for silver washed fritillary. Micro-moths flitted in the grasses, no larger butterflies. Yellow loosestrife looked lovely, en masse and in detail. Within the yellow corolla the gynoecium was ruby red and beautiful in structure.
A female damselfly, I knew. Beyond that, I needed an expert opinion so I called upon Ian Brodie who always gives precise detail.
'Your great picture is a Blue-tailed Damsel form violacea which occurs in immature females of the species and with a colouration usually more like a male. This species can have 5 colour variations in the female. '
He added that he had not seen many dragonflies but had found the species he would expect to see.
Close-ups show the intricate detail and beauty of the Blue-tailed Damsel but lose the composition. So I give both. Violacea- hues of violet. Blue-tailed - blue does not catch the subtle colours of the damsel but the tip of its abdomen is its most striking feature.
I like the images because they tell of the season, the quality of the morning and of something ephemeral.