Dragonfly

Dragonfly 1

Haiku 103

Oh grey dragonfly

Marvel of engineering

How can you be drab?

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a dragonfly hovering over the pool, so I was excited to see this one, even though he is a drab grey and not the scintillating red or blue I used to see.

Dragonfly 2

I know dragonflies get a bad rap, but they are still amazing! Just look at the marvel of natural engineering that is their wings, and the muscle needed on their back to power their flight. Each wing is powered by a separate muscle, giving them incredible manoeuvrability. Marvellous!

I had fun trying to get close enough for a half decent shot of this tiny guy. I only had my little point and click Canon so tried to creep as near as possible. Every time I got within a few metres, he took off. But he did circle around and settle on the bricks again. It seemed he liked the spot!

 

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32 thoughts on “Dragonfly

      1. faeriefiles53

        I know of a field where they swarm, I like to go sit in the middle of it and just experience their energy. The only time I don’t like them is when I’m scrubbing them off my windscreen.

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  1. The Naturarian

    Maybe since I kayak a lot, I see them all the time. They are very common here, but I’ve got many fresh water areas here for them. They lay eggs & nymph life it in the water.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      It must be lovely to be out on the lakes and see all the wildlife around. πŸ™‚
      The best my drab old dragonfly can hope for around my area is a swimming pool! πŸ˜€

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  2. pensitivity101

    Probably because it was warm Sci. We saw the fluorescent damsel flies everywhere on the marina, but a true dragon fly was rare…………. and huge in comparison. It was wonderful when we were going up to Stratford Upon Avon that one was matching our speed in the boat. I never managed to get a picture though, but he was magnificent.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Must have been a lovely sight to have seen – keeping up with the boat. πŸ™‚
      I’m sure the brick was warm – but so was everywhere else – summer still. haha πŸ˜€
      It was just odd – and lucky for me – that out of all the hundreds of bricks around the pool, it kept coming back to where I was. πŸ™‚

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  3. Murphy's

    I don’t see many Dragonflies anymore either. The same with Praying Mantis. I’ve always been amazed on how the sheer wings on a Dragonfly can give them flight. Thanks to your science lesson, now I know!! You managed to get two great shots. Especially like the one showing his shadow on the brick.

    Have a great weekend!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes I rarely see praying mantis these days too.
      I’m guessing insects weigh hardly anything, so they can fly with gossamer wings. πŸ™‚
      And thank you πŸ™‚ These were my clearest shots – with the shadows. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Oh that sounds so tranquil! Fishing and dragonflies! πŸ˜€
      And I guess they are looking for food – flying insects – over the water. πŸ™‚

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      1. Garfield Hug

        Ahh..I never knew why…flying insects!! Of course…thank you for pointing that out! Yes…it was indeed tranquil and I could hear chirping of crickets as I fished till almost midnight with a kerosene lamp. Sadly all these ponds were demolished for housing.

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