Libellula needhami aka Needhams Skimmer female dragonfly, photographed in Northside Park, Ocean City, MD USA
This is the only odonate I managed to photograph on a recent excursion to the FL panhandle. I apologize for the blurry picture; it was taken at 15 ft with my point-and-shoot zoomed to the max on a cloudy afternoon.
I'm playing the odds here a little. Based on a read of Sid Dunkle's descriptions in Dragons thru Binocs, a look at Greg Lasley's page here: http://greglasley.com/nonBirds/odonateid1.html, and a brief consult with Greg, I feel fairly confident that this is Needham's rather than Golden-winged. This is based on the following:
a. The forward part of the thorax, though not "red", is certainly not as brown as many examples of adult male Golden-winged that I can find;
b. The contrast of red face with brown eyes in Golden-winged is also often prominent, much more so than in my example which has dark red eyes; and
c. I judge that the orange in the wings is much more prominent in the foreward part of each wing rather than spread throughout the wing (because the rearward venation is mostly dark).
The habitat is a wooded freshwater wetland/detention area with lots of emergent and floating marsh vegetation.
Seen at the Sea Center in Lake Jackson.
Two males are the same individual; female was perched just beneath.
More of these than any other ode observed. One female flew off before I could get shot - she was being chased by 3 males.