Fishhawk Lake-The Draw of Dragonflies

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Fishhawk Lake-The Draw of Dragonflies 

Not sure what it is that people love about these bugs, but they seem to stand above many others. People are drawn to them rather than being repelled by them. They are revered in art all of the time from the physical to the fantastical. They don't "bug" people by buzzing around their heads or zipping by in a precarious fashion. They seem to beam, and float, and shine, and they don't fly away immediately as you get closer to them. They actually LAND and enjoy staying put and having their picture taken! 

Dragonfly on a flower-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved



I recall, as a child, being fascinated while sunning on a rock at the Thousand Islands, by an adjoined pair of dragonflies, hovering above my head in tandem. I figured out later, that it was some sort of mating dance (at least in my mind), but the part that was most fun was when they would land on my body with their infinitesimal feet and be completely relaxed as they were lounging on human skin. Busy with their ritual, they didn't care a whit about me! 

Ever since then, I've found them to be quite complex creatures. There are several different types that hang around Fishhawk Lake, and I've been able to capture a few of the varieties. Through the years, I have had the grateful opportunity of having them alight long enough for me to gather up my camera and take their profiles, their backsides and whatnot!

Dragonfly face-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Dragonfly on Northshore Drive-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2009


A fun fact, I found out as this guy, pictured above "eyed" me when I came in close to take his photo: "Nearly all of the dragonfly’s head is eye, so they have incredible vision that encompasses almost every angle except right behind them"*. I SWEAR that he turned and looked at me so that I could take his picture. It looked to me that he had a nose and a grumpy sort of turned-down mouth as well as a big bulbous eye. 

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They arrive here at Fishhawk Lake with different colors and enhancements. Some are strikingly thin,  vibrant blue in color, almost turquoise-cobalt in tone.

Dragonfly in blue-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Others are a gossamer gray-gold, some are red, they arrive in the summer months and disappear as the season wanes. Singularly winged or double, they offer enough variety for me to be interested in taking their picture over and over again. 

Dragonfly in flight-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2013

One day, I found a completely intact dragonfly who had left this realm, but left its body for me to discover. He now resides in my window picking up the light on his still, iridescent wings. 

 They have quite the history and were much larger in the Paleozoic era, with wingspans of up to two feet. There are 5,000 known species and they have certainly generated many a flying contraption based on their flight capacity! (One would think that helicopters certainly came about as a result of the engineering capabilities of the flight of the dragonfly!)

I learned that they control the mosquito population, so that may be one of the reasons why we don't have mosquitoes hanging around Fishhawk Lake. (I get asked about mosquitoes all of the time by potential buyers, and it's nice to say that we don't have problems with them). 

With the history and mystery of dragonflies, I thought it would be fun to look up some comments and information about them on Google. 

I found 14 fun facts about Dragonflies through the Smithsonian (some of which I have shared already. Just click on the link above).


Then, I saw this about the "lore" of dragonflies:

"When a dragonfly lands on you, you will hear excellent news from someone far away from home. A dead dragonfly symbolizes sad news. Dragonfly symbolism crosses and combines with that of the butterfly and change. The dragonfly symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit our growing and changing. Dragonflies are a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. 

They are often represented in Japanese paintings, representing new light and joy. To some Native Americans they are the souls of the dead. Faerie stories say that they used to be real dragons. 

Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so. "Let there be light" is the divine prompting to use the creative imagination as a force within your life. They help you to see through your illusions and allow your own light to shine in a new vision."


 Whatever your take is on dragonflies, they are fascinating creatures that go from mystical to scientific in their range of interest for humans. I just like to take their pictures and enjoy having them alight on me--like a little kiss from Mother Nature!


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

They remind me of little helicopters when I watch them flit around our wetlands. I saw one yesterday that looked the same as the first photo - lovely creatures.

Aug 06, 2014 04:19 AM #13
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

A delightful read about the dragonfly.  Who knew?  And the photos are amazing.  They seem to be some sort in my backyard, not sure why.  They're blue.

Aug 06, 2014 06:09 AM #14
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Gayle ... what a great post and such beautiful photo pics of dragonflies! Your post has been featured to the group:


Aug 06, 2014 08:26 AM #15
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Susan, thrilled that your mom would like this! My TI connection!!!

A~I had a blast doing this blog.

Sheila, it's fun to share history of something that many of us see all of the time. They are pretty incredible little creatures.

Joanna, they continue to inspire--I think there are many "bugs" on printed fabric in the fashion world right now. Dunno about dragonflies, hope so! I actually have a dragonfly pin.

Gary, not the least bit surprised that you would be drawn to these. 

Debb, that one shot I got of it flying SO reminded me of a helicopter!

Carla, who knew is right!!! It was fun to find out this info about them.



Aug 06, 2014 12:14 PM #16
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Gayle,

These are terrific photos and I adore dragonflies and butterflies. The bright blue one is amazing.

Aug 06, 2014 02:38 PM #17
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gayle. Living on water was we do, they visit us all the time or should I say we visit them. Love the photos that you shared.

Aug 06, 2014 08:27 PM #18
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Magnificent creatures and the variety of colors is something isn't it?

Aug 06, 2014 08:35 PM #19
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The thing that amazes me about Dragonflies is they come in so many colors. I've seen them in red, orange, green, blue, purple.  They fascinate me!

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group! 

Aug 06, 2014 10:38 PM #20
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Great pictures and a good story. What more could we ask for?

I didn't realize they were part of the mosquito patrol. Can you mail me a few hundred? 

Aug 06, 2014 11:14 PM #21
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Kristin, I adore them too!!! Both of those flying wonders of nature. 

Joe, or "we visit them" that. 

James, I'm in total agreement.

Mryl, I wonder if the color designates which area they reside in? And THANK YOU for my feature!!!

Than, I'll get right on that. "Air" mail okay??

Aug 07, 2014 01:39 AM #22
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

The blog made me think of the last time a dragonfly went to me and recalled if I received a sad news, however, I can't remember the last time I saw one! It must be a beautiful sight Gayle. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Aug 07, 2014 02:41 AM #23
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your lesson on dragonflies. I always love your photographs.

Aug 07, 2014 03:54 AM #24
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Patty, only if you found one dead would it be sad hopefully you didn't encounter that. 

Roy, happy to oblige!

Aug 07, 2014 09:27 AM #25
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Gayle, You have taken some great shots of these in all their colorful array. They are so pretty to watch too

Aug 07, 2014 01:26 PM #26
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Hi Gayle, I love dragonflies myself and you are right I can't say quite why, other than they are a marvel to look at and beautiful.  Your photos are wonderful. Keep enjoying and sharing then with us.

Aug 08, 2014 06:04 AM #27
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debbie, they seem to just ride on the gentle wind...never in a real hurry, just like butterflies they seem to be calming.

Tanya, I'm quite glad to have found you from my trysts through local areas when I spotlighted you at the US Virgin Islands for my Tuesday Travelogue.  

Thank you for coming by and commenting!

Aug 08, 2014 11:00 AM #28
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Neat looking animal!

dragon fly photo

Aug 09, 2014 11:26 PM #29
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Gayle-I don't think we have many dragonflies in our area. You have quite a variety displayed. Nice photography.

Aug 10, 2014 02:02 AM #30
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Andrew, that looks like a "live" version of mine that I have in my windowsill.

Wayne,  I wonder why not??

Aug 10, 2014 05:26 AM #31
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

What a great post Gayle.  Interesting read.  And it shows your bird shot in the barn was not just luck.  You are quite practiced and I bet it is seldom you are found without your camera.  Thank you for not only the pics, your words as well.

Aug 12, 2014 09:26 AM #32
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