by Patricia Feager, 7/10/2017
Participating in the Photography Workshop led by Chris Jackson, DFW Urban Wildlife Photographer was an opportunity of a lifetime. Members of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are given many opportunities to meet and greet people with amazing talent and do things together as a group. Below is a sample of his work on video to introduce you to the Urban Insects in North Dallas. Also I included still photo shots of my own while chasing the red dragonfly.
The sun was hot. The temperatures were rising after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, 7/8/2017. A large group of nature/photo enthusiasts set out to walk through the gardens in search of Urban Insects and Wildlife. Our first sighting was of an Oriole bird's nest. Onward we hiked through the beautiful gardens practicing patience. To illustrate, I created a collage.
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldon Emerson
Top left - Oriole Bird's next
Top right - Spider web with insect
Bottom left - Ground Skink, Genus Plestiodon, brown lizard
Bottom right - Blue Dragonfly
We headed in the direction of White Rock Lake and visited the pond. There we saw a duck, turtles, water lilies, and dragon flies. Next we walked toward the trails leading to Japanese Maple Trails. Sunlight glimmered on river rocks.
It was here at the river running through the Arboretum we saw red dragonflies, quick as lightening. Light seemed to flicker, dance along the rocks while the red dragonflies fluttered to put on a show. According to dictionary: "The dragonfly, in almost every part of world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self-realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life." As I proceeded to walk with the group down the trails the red dragonfly followed, always leading, teasing, playing with our imaginations, testing us with our photography skills. Here's my best shot out of about 25.
Patricia's Tip for the Day:
©Be at home with the diversity of Wildlife & Nature.