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Troupes of Dragonflies

We are all visitors to this time, this place…. We are just passing through. Our purpose is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home. —Australian Aboriginal saying

While exploring the trails of Grassy Waters Preserve, we were visited by troupes of the brightest and most lovely dragonflies…. One of them followed me for a solid 5 minutes — and in my true nature, I slowed down, watching every movement for fear of hurting my bright mascot. I’m convinced that he fell in love with our similar coloring; periwinkle ranks high on my favorite-colors list, and I was head-to-toe in it. Perhaps he thought I was a Grand Poobah / Dragonfly Queen?

Periwinkle follower

Green-on-green

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  1. Hmmm… maybe we’ll paint our house that lovely periwinkle…

    July 25, 2012
    • oh it’s my favorite. i was going to add a picture of myself hugging a tree that very day, to prove i really was dressed…completely in blues/periwinkles! i have periwinkle paint in our attic (crawl) space — but haven’t used it yet. 🙂

      July 25, 2012
  2. NICE SHOT!!!!

    July 25, 2012
    • Thanks so much! They’re such lovely things, I was thrilled they stayed in ONE PLACE! 🙂

      July 25, 2012
  3. Pam #

    When we were at Kissimmee Lake on Sunday, we must have seen 100 dragonflies – just love them!

    July 25, 2012
    • It’s so funny, another blogger just commented on how she’s seen more this year! We were in a natural scrub area recently, and I strolled into a veritable swarm of them… I was in heaven. I had NEVER seen anything like it in my entire life. Love them, their symbolism, their colors… Everything! ♥

      July 25, 2012
      • Pam #

        Me too! Dragonflies are the best! And their eyes – awesome!

        July 25, 2012
  4. sandy #

    No, they do that! I meadow hawk followed me out of the woods today. He kept landing in front of me with a good pose. I took nine photos of him.

    These are beauties! I am in southern Maine, and have seen ten times more dragonflies this season than normal. How about you?

    July 25, 2012
    • Oh WOW! I would have been so thrilled to have a hawk following me so closely — we’ve had them follow us, but they keep *just* out of reach for decent shots…

      We’ve seen LOTS more too! We were in one area, a natural scrub area (endangered here, lots of gopher tortoises) – and I walked into literally hundreds of them. I didn’t know what was happening until I was being pelted by them, and saw how huge the swarm was! Ooooh southern Maine, I need to investigate your blog! ♥

      July 25, 2012
  5. Great photos! I’ve never seen one of that periwinkle color.

    July 25, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I love the periwinkle-colored dragonflies… I’ve been seeing more of them in general this year, for whatever reason (I’m sure there’s one!).

      July 26, 2012
  6. AMAZING – up close and personal with dragonflies!

    July 26, 2012
    • I was just happy they alighted long enough for the shot, heh!! 🙂

      July 26, 2012
  7. Such artistic photos! I used to pretend they were fairies when I was a little kid. We always called them “mosquito hawks” in New Orleans, but I’m told by friends from elsewhere that this term refers to a different bug entirely to them. Oh well, whatever their name, they are awesome, as far as bugs are concerned! ❤

    July 26, 2012
    • Thanks so much! Heh… I STILL pretend (think?) they’re fairies!!

      I’ve never heard of “mosquito hawks,” interesting! I always have to look closely to ensure that these aren’t Damselflies — I think it has to do with their wings? But like you said… BEAUTIFUL buggies, regardless!

      July 26, 2012
  8. I do believe you are right – love is a many splendored thing (as they say) and not many a soul can boast at attaining the love of such a beautiful creature!!!!

    July 26, 2012
    • ♥✿♥✿♥✿♥ SO true!!!!

      July 26, 2012
  9. Beautiful bugs! And nicely captured, too.

    July 26, 2012
    • Thanks so much — their colors are pure amazement. ♥

      July 26, 2012
  10. Incredible shots as always. Love the green on green.

    July 26, 2012
    • Thanks so much!! As much as I love periwinkle, I adore the green of the dragonfly against the lush ground-cover… I had to tiptoe around them, there were so many!

      July 26, 2012
  11. I like that green one!

    July 26, 2012
    • As much as I love periwinkle… I adore the green-on-green, too! There were so many in the undergrowth, I literally had to tiptoe around them! 🙂

      July 27, 2012
  12. You get to such fun places, I am quite jealous…

    July 26, 2012
    • Sigh… Not to be negative, because this area is full of such beauty… But you much be joking! Machu Picchu! Machu Picchu! Peru! Maine! You’re tracking my favorite to-do list, as we speak!! I kid you not. ♥

      July 27, 2012
      • LOL ! The grass is always greener on the other side right? Thanks for the bop on the head, we both are quite lucky!

        July 27, 2012
      • Heh… DITTO!!! Seems as though I need that constant bop sometimes. 🙂

        July 27, 2012
  13. No bops from me. That green one — a mosaic. Nature The Artist. Must tell my mosaic friend about this.

    July 27, 2012
    • Hee!

      That’s such a great observation… He’d make a BEAUTIFUL mosaic!! Great eye!

      July 28, 2012
      • Thank you! I’ve been thinking of mosaics because my friend does them. Gave her the link to this post. Hope she checks you out & ends up subscribing. I recommended! You are great.

        July 28, 2012
      • Aw, thanks so much! I adore mosaics… Tried it once YEARS ago, and gave it up. I didn’t have the patience it required!!

        July 30, 2012

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