Dragon’s Still Fly

I have been out of town for the past month, and so have fallen a bit behind on my blog posting. But I am back in town and ready to create! I am looking forward to some uninterrupted studio time. But that will be posts for later…

I may have been out of the studio but I wasn’t completely dormant while on vacation. With floppy hat on my head, camera slung around my neck and dorky backpack firmly attached I tramped around stalking….dragonflies!

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It seems like many of my trips will have a photographic theme. It is never planned, never looked for but as the trip progresses there always seems to be a stand out subject. This was the trip of the dragonfly.

These dragon’s may not breath fire or eat herds of sheep but they have a fascinating allure all their own. With lacy wings that would make any good Victorian jealous they are among the world’s fastest flying insects. A fact that becomes very apparent when trying to follow them through a camera lens.

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Though they pose no threat to grazing livestock, these adept predators can reek havoc on mosquitos and flies. For which I think they deserve a great Huzzah!

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Dragons may have mythologies, field guides and legends galore but their magic must be read. Dragonflies have a tangible mystic, a magic that can be experienced. A fern filled glade with dragonflies zipping in and out of dappled golden light can become the Jurassic Period. The grass next to a boat dock becomes an animated world of flying jewels as hundreds of lapis and gold flashes continually alight and take flight. And for a moment one can imagine they are part of a mythical world when a raised index finger becomes the perch of a dragon.

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