This summer season has been to say the least variable, the weather was great up until mid June or thereabouts, but since then its been uncooperative at least as far as the dragons were concerned. With The final part of June and the whole of July and August being mainly wet or overcast my trips out to see these glorious insects has been very spasmodic both in the number of trips and their duration. I believe the last two weeks of August and to present day (7th September) its been very autumnal. The mornings have been a bit chilly to get out therefore having to wait until nearer midday for it to warm up enough for some action. Also social and family commitments haven't helped either.
This season I have committed more to the Olympus gear therefore the canon gear has definitely taken a back seat. I upgraded to the new Olympus EM1mk2 which is a great improvement over its fore bearer. and also purchased the 12-100mm pro. landscapes may be included later in my blogging. This combo is great on weight and size, with the 12-100pro F4 equivalent to 24-200mm full frame, if the wife allows I will probably also get get the 7-14 f2.8 pro, however this will make me have a rethink of my filters, this will also necessitate my selling some Canon gear to both help make room and with the finances.
I am gradually getting the hang of the olympus gear mainly using the 300 F4 pro and 40-150 f2.8 pro. Its an entirely different approach using micro four thirds mirrorless But of late my images are getting better, I also like the colouration of the Olympus Raw images more or less straight out the camera. with mostly little workflow editing. one draw back is that my iPhoto(Mac) doesn't support the new EM1mk2 so its a little irritating to have to import the RAW into photos(MAC), and transfer them to documents as a TIFF file, and then import them into iphoto. Hey ho nothings perfect.
So what and where have I been lately. well apart from the Croatia and Scotland trip, Its been mostly local, as quoted above I have stayed local with a few short quick trips to Decoy heath, Warren Heath, and Bramshill. With dragons in mind, the weather hasn't helped, I have met a few acquaintances here and there some from the Basingstoke camera club I attended for a few years were present at Decoy heath and it was nice to catch up.
I fully expected that the mainstay dragons would have been the Emperor and Brown Hawker with Migrant hawker and Southern lacking behind. With only one Brown hawker and no Emperors. I have found the reverse to be more apparent. The usual suspects were still in order concerning the the Darters, Common well, were common, with the odd Ruddy darter The Chasers were rare to the extreme I haven't noted any? Not even a Four spotted Chaser. The season seems to be crashing suddenly, maybe where you are in the UK its different?