Saturday, September 26, 2015

In Celebration of the Magic of Dragonflies

    A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera. Adult dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body.Wikipedia
    Scientific nameAnisoptera

Seems such a shame to think of a dragonfly as just an insect.

They're magical, and so, so beautiful.

Honestly, I haven't been lucky enough to see many dragonflies until only very recently.

Dragonfly season was apparently in full season while we were at Topsail Island and while sitting on our deck we seemed to have been directly in their migratory path, so we saw a LOT of dragonflies.

I tried and tried to get a picture, but they're just too quick.

When one of two did grace me with a brief hovering appearance, I was too slow, or my camera was just out of reach.

My mother would have loved it.

She was a lover of dragonflies.

She had quite a few pieces of dragonfly jewelry.

Some of which I recently sent to friends and family members who I knew would appreciate the significance.

I kept a few pieces for myself.

After we had returned to Boone, Donald found this wonderful little snippet and posted it to my Facebook wall.

How lovely is that?!

I am now convinced that one of those dragonflies was carrying my mom - flying by to say "Hey!"

And, by golly, she brought a whole lot of friends along with her.

My dad, for sure.

And probably my Aunt Belle, Michael Dean . . . .

and oh so many much loved and dearly missed family and friends.

This brave soul stopped by for a visit with Donald one morning while I was still sleeping and stuck around long enough for a picture.

Thank you - whoever you were

"Dragonfly" by Susan Elliott

And now, I think it just might be time for me to pull out my pens and coloring pencils and make some of my very own dragonfly art.  Wish me luck!

And the next time you're lucky enough to see a dragonfly, be sure and let them know how much you appreciate them flying by - you just never know who it might be coming to check on you.

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