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May 27, 2010

If not a bird, a dragonfly

"Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky..."
--Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I went out this afternoon to take some photographs of birds, but it was in the heat of the day and none wanted to pose for me. I took this dragonfly's picture instead. My Oxford dictionary describes the dragonfly as: "...having a long slender body, two large transparent wings that are spread while resting...". This seems an understatement for such a strikingly, exotic-looking creature, don't you think? The Common Whitetail dragonfly is a common North American species and the one above is an adult male. He loves to eat mosquitos. Bless him.


1 comment:

A said...

I love the Rosetti quote...