In order to welcome dragonflies and all the other winged lovelies to my yard, I hung up this metal wind chime above my potted plants yesterday. I did see a dragonfly a few days ago but it simply zipped past and never came back! This morning, as soon as I had watered my plants, something in blue whizzed over my head. The something-in-blue landed on my budding canna. What luck! I've never photographed a blue dragonfly! And here she was posing for me! I quickly got two shots before she decided to fly off to greener pastures! This afternoon I saw a flash of red on my salvia. A closer look revealed one of the kind that I had chased all summer. That unmistakable pattern on the wing tips! I tiptoed to the other side and happily got these shots. I have spent these past few days taking pictures of several bees, wasps, birds, and butterflies. But now that the dragonflies are here, I don't think I'll step indoors. At least not in the daytime!!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau