It's the season when dragonflies abound. And yet I really haven't started clicking away because the heat is so intense and so oppressive, that the idea of being out in the sun is scary! Only the glitter of gold could drag me outside, for a short while....
This beautiful dragonfly is the Common Picture Wing/Variable Glider, Rhyothemis variegata. This is a male. The female has more black markings on its wings. This is only the second time that this dragonfly has graced my yard. It's a slow flier but I was waiting for it to rest on to some plant and finally it did, on the dry twig of a basil. I hope I'll see it again.
Braved the heat yesterday to take these pictures. If you click on the picture, you'll see those fine lines on the wings.
This is a tiny dragonfly I found in the afternoon. I cannot identify many of the dragonflies I photograph but I know these are the ones commonly found near ponds and other low- lying areas.
"Will you walk into my parlour...?" It so happens that the "fly" here is rather large. Predator and prey are almost of the same size. And yet....! Found this sight on my ornamental pine-apple, which also happens to be Home Sweet Home to the ferocious-looking spider.
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