An important day in my development as a Dragonfly Whisperer was October 22, 2006, when I took the first photo of the Happy-face Dragonfly at Cranberry Lake in Anacortes, WA. I was just trying to get a good macro shot of the Paddle-tailed Darner's head, and had no idea what a delightful happy face it has until I brought the photo home and viewed at it on my computer. That was eight years ago, and was the impetus for my continuing interest in dragonflies.
Here's the original Mr. Happy-face, still my favorite:
Here's another version of the Happy-face Darner, this one sitting happily on my finger:
Here's another view of a Happy-face Dragonfly. This guy is smiling up at me from the bushes – so fascinating to look at a dragonfly and see this smiling face looking back at you!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Happy-face.