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