A dragonfly of unknown make. Fairly common in south India and perhaps the largest among the often-seen species. While it’s considered a nuisance indoors, it’s another harmless insect out in the open. Though they fly around like mad (and often apparently without aim,) they can stay still for hours on end. I am not sure if it’s just the way they sleep, or their pattern when they are in their dying days, but this behaviour of theirs make them excellent subjects of photography. This particular specimen stood (?) hanging on a plant just outside my front door for a few hours in the evening. Allowed me to setup a tripod and play with the lights and everything. Hours later, finding the damned fly in the exact same position, I truly thought it dead and used a stick to try and get it off the stem (to take it indoors and do some “studio” shots). It took umbrage and flew off, grumbling.
Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 80. f/4.5 for 2 seconds. Edited using Picasa 3.8 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Taken in November 2010 just outside my front door, Bangalore, India.