A Paddle-tailed Darner on its "final approach", preparing for a splash/dunk. The darner is just to the left of center, and its reflection can be seen in the water.
The darner plows into the water sending up a considerable quantity of water to an impressive height. If we were to scale the darner up to human size, say with a length of about 6 feet, the height of the splash would be over 30 feet. Quite an impressive splash.
|The Dragon Splash|
A head-on view of a darner splash. The left and right lobes of the splash are produced by the wings; the central lobe is due to the body. To me the splash looks a bit like a Loch Ness monster with wings. I refer to this as the "dragon splash."