Dragonfly Perched On Stem

As a passionate wildlife photographer, I find solace and inspiration in the beauty of nature. Dragonflies, with their intricate wings and vibrant colors, have always held a special place in my heart. On a memorable stroll through Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, I had the pleasure of photographing a remarkable dragonfly, which I believe to be the elusive Halloween Pennant. Join me as I recount this enchanting encounter and share the captivating image I captured years ago.

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly
Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Discovering the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly:
During my explorations in the picturesque landscapes of Arkansas and Oklahoma, I often encounter a variety of dragonfly species. However, the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly holds a special allure with its distinctive appearance and behavior. It was on a sunny day in June 2008 that I found myself at Fort Chaffee, a location teeming with natural wonders.

A Rare Sight:
As I embarked on a leisurely walk, camera in hand, my attention was captivated by a striking dragonfly perched delicately on a nearby branch. With its slender body and intricate wings, I immediately suspected it to be the elusive Halloween Pennant. With careful consideration, I captured a mesmerizing photograph, showcasing the vibrant colors and intricate details of this male Halloween Pennant.

Close Encounters with Precision:
Eager to document the dragonfly’s mesmerizing features, I approached with caution, hand-holding my camera. Each shot became a delicate dance, as I slowly closed the distance, capturing its graceful form with every click of the shutter. The Halloween Pennant dragonfly seemed undisturbed by my presence, allowing me to preserve its beauty in exquisite detail.

A Glimpse of the Male Halloween Pennant:
The photograph I took showcases the distinct features of a male Halloween Pennant Dragonfly. Its slender body is adorned with vibrant orange and black hues, radiating an aura of elegance and grace. The intricately patterned wings, resembling a pennant flag, are a hallmark of this enchanting species. It was truly a remarkable sight to behold and a privilege to capture through the lens of my camera.

A Day of Serendipity:
It is remarkable how nature presents us with unexpected treasures during our explorations. As I ventured further along my walk, I was delighted to stumble upon a Cottontail Rabbit, leisurely relaxing amidst the tranquil surroundings. Taking advantage of the opportunity, I seized another captivating photograph, immortalizing the fleeting moment shared with this charming creature.

My encounter with the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly at Fort Chaffee remains etched in my memory as a serendipitous experience. The delicate beauty of this species, with its distinctive wing shape and vibrant colors, continues to inspire me as a wildlife photographer. Through the lens of my camera, I strive to capture and share the magic of such encounters, preserving the essence of the natural world for others to appreciate and protect.


• Location: Fort Chaffee (Arkansas)
• Date Taken: June 26, 2008
• Aperture: f5.6
• Shutter speed: 1/400 sec.
• ISO: 400
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 400 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
• Camera: Canon EOS 40D

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