The Happy-face Dragonfly (Paddle-tailed Darner) is very common this time of year – often the most common dragonfly at a given location. That's certainly the case at Cranberry Lake, where we saw a nice male looking up at us from the bushes. He inspired the following haiku in his honor:
Perched in the bushes,
smiling up at me,
the Happy-face Dragonfly.
Mr. Happy-face, with his infectious smile.
Notice that his wings are a bit grubby, with foreign material adhering to them. Perhaps he's thinking about doing some splash-dunks!