Ever since I found my first Beautiful Demoiselle on my old local patch in Groombridge, I've been in love with these wonderful insects. Today (my birthday!) Sue and I went for a morning walk around the gardens at Hadlow College, as advised by Warren Baker (Pittswood Birds blogger) to look for them. We had a couple of hours of lovely sunshine before the clouds closed in and it went all chilly.
The gardens are gorgeous. All designed and maintained by the college students (it's an agricultural/horticultural college), they are divided up into themed sections and among the beds and avenues are a few ponds (two of them quite big), as well as lots of well-placed and often imaginatively designed places to sit and enjoy the scenery. I found some half a dozen Beautiful Demoiselles close to one of the big ponds, and spent a happy 20 minutes photographing them.