There are perennial subject that I try to photograph every year (subject to season). One of these is trying to get the perfect Pond Skater showing the weight of the insect distorting the surface layer due to surface tension. I have "wasted" a few pixels on that subject this year again. Another is trying insects, and particularly dragonflies in flight. It often seems a hopeless task. Often, I have either taken no pictures during the session or none with the intended subject in the picture.
Today I had a bit of good fortune with this Common Hawker. Or perhaps the equipment is the only improvement. It is not perfect but hey, it is the best so far. Nevertheless I will be back again for more "punishment". It is the game we play. We know the rules. You must suffer for your art. Then you really appreciate the successes. Its part of the human condition.