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Dragonfly dreams

The divine dragonfly
The divine dragonfly

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.

~ Albert Einstein

Little Red
Little Red

If I had to pick a favorite insect, I think it would be the dragonfly or damselfly.  I often wonder if they are related to the fae.  Their wings shimmer jewel-like in the sun, and sometimes I swear the little damselflies who live in the woods really are faeries, but our human eyes see them as damselflies.

Perfect balance.  (How do they do it??)
Perfect balance. (How do they do it??)

Dragonflies remind us that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.  ‘Let there be light’ is the divine prompting to use the creative imagination as a force within your life.  This is part of what dragonflies and damselflies teach us.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

Hug
Hug

I captured the dragonflies in this post in Ohio at Breezy Acres where they know me and don’t seem to mind posing for a photo or two.  It’s different here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  I do manage to capture one occasionally, but we’re all just getting to know each other so it might be a while before they welcome me into their realm for a photo session or two.

Still life in motion.
Still life in motion

Life is never quite the way it appears, but it is always filled with light and color.  Dragonfly can help you to see through your illusions and thus allow your own light to shine forth.  Dragonfly brings the brightness of transformation and the wonder of colorful new vision.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

Ruby
Ruby

As I look at these images, it occurs to me that I have never bothered to print any of my dragonfly photos for myself.  I would love to somehow incorporate dragonflies into the decor here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.

Butterfly wishes
Butterfly wishes

The dragonflies are the last of the images from my visit to the Bogs a week or so ago.  The butterfly brings us back to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.    (In an odd aside, I always want to pronounce that Mary, as in the name Mary, plus land.  I know that’s incorrect.  I do it in my head anyhow.)

Sipping from the raspberry
Sipping from the raspberry

No post on butterflies and dragonflies would be complete without a few flowers.

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The Black-Eyed Susans are just about finished with their season here at the Ranch.  The Queen Anne’s Lace is beginning to turn brown.  There are other flowers popping up here and there.

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Cozy

Someday I will learn their names.  And then promptly forget them.  I don’t know why, but names just don’t stick in my head for some reason.  That’s as true for people as it is for flowers.

Summer haze
Summer haze

That’s it for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I went out for a bike ride this morning, braving the heat and the humidity and the insects.  The deer flies don’t seem nearly as numerous.  Perhaps their season is coming to an end.  The heat, however, will continue unabated for at least another week.

Sometimes you're forced to hang around rather than fly.
Sometimes you’re forced to hang around rather than fly even if you have drawn-in wings.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

25 thoughts on “Dragonfly dreams

  1. I always love your dragonfly pictures … you have very unique and colorful ones (mine are almost all the same black ones). Hey, you got your butterfly pictures … see I knew you would.

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  2. You have hummingbird moths!! How cool! We used to have them in Iowa, but I didn’t see them anywhere else until Colonial Williamsburg last year. Unfortunately, you know what else they bring – tomato hornworms. Yep, that’s where the hornworms come from.

    Those dragonfly shots are awesome – you did a great job getting them.

    Nancy

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  3. Wonderful shots. I just mentioned to someone else that I love dragonflies but I don’t often get the chance to see them. Then I clicked on your post. Fate I tell you.

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  4. I always love your dragonfly photos. You should do a dragonfly collage (you’re so good at collages!) and enlarge and print it. That would make a lovely piece of art.

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  5. Magnificent! I have tried and tried to catch dragonflies to no avail, and so I was looking at your beautiful photos and wondering how you did it. Then I read your narrative and realized that maybe I need to more often frequent the pond where I have seen so many dragonflies. Your butterfly and flower pictures are lovely as well, and I know how hard it is to catch any flying insect in a photo — you have certainly got the knack!

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    1. Thank you, Becky. 🙂 Dragonflies (and damselflies) are actually quite easy to capture (photographically speaking). They fly in patterns. The trick is to find a place where dragonflies like to land (a stick, a blade of grass, a tree branch or leaf, etc.). Stand still, be patient, and watch. Eventually you pick up the pattern and can be ready for a landing. 🙂

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