Dragonfly Summer

Dragonflies grabbed my imagination this summer.

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The daredevil mixed with a bit of the gymnast.

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Watching a dragonfly is like watching a visitor from another age…an ancient insect in real time.

They belong to the infraorder Anisoptera, whose Greek roots means uneven wings (the hindwing being broader than the forewing.)

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The dragonfly has spurred the imagination of many cultures over the ages. The British referred to them as the devil’s darning needle.  In Norway they were eye-pokers.

Native Americans, not surprisingly, saw dragonflies more as a part of the natural world–representing swiftness and activity.  

For the Navajo they symbolized pure water

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For me, I saw Spiderman…on a break.

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I also witnessed a mid-day rendezvous.

Dragonfly coupling…the orignal hook-up.

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On the way to consummation, there are aerial acrobatics to spare.  Their favorite position?  

According to The Joy of Dragonfly Sex, it’s tandem linkage.  

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The pond’s reflection is like having a mirror over your bed.

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Really, I’ll call you.

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