This is one of a handful of dragonflies that perch outside my kitchen window each morning. I had no idea there were so many kinds of dragonflies because I had to check out several websites before I found this particular variety. Its a female Widow Skimmer. I found it on Willowbrook Wildlife.
Every day the horsetail grass next to the porch features at least one female widow skimmer. She always flew away when I crossed the porch to get the newspaper. But yesterday she circled around and came back. I guess she finally realized I’m not a threat. I got my camera and was able to gently move in for some closer shots. She flew away when I moved suddenly, but she came back to pose again.