Spirit of Dragonflies

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WPC – Ooh, Shiny!

What shiny objects catch your eye? Is it jewelry or the sun shining on water? Each of us are so unique in our own amazing way. What will capture the attention of one may be missed by another. This world is filled with so many glorious moments and eye-catching beauties so there is always something for everyone.

“Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.” ― Robyn Nola

Dragonflies and damselflies always capture my attention. The photos below are from several different outings this year.

 

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.” – Unknown

Lately I have been feeling quite blesses by the presence of dragonflies and damselflies. Their wings reflecting the sunlight like jewels always catches my attention. They appear as jewels shining in the air.

On Sunday while walking in the stream with my grandson we were cautiously walking on rocks making our way upstream when the shining wings caught my eye. It was amazing to watch three black winged damselflies flittering from leaf to leaf, dancing back and forth in the air as they chased one another. I didn’t have my camera at the time so I guided my little grandson to the path leading to his mother. My daughter, knowing I had to return, handed me the camera and went on with the baby. I returned to capture the moment. Two of the damselflies were playing with me just a little outside of my range or too close to focus. Then they began flying around my head, back to the leaf, around my head, and then one landed right on my shoulder. It was an amazing experience for this dragonfly lover.

Today, the passenger window in the backseat was shattered. I went out to take a look and we determined it was caused by a rock from the lawnmower on the hill. The shattered window was shining in the sunlight and actually looked quite pretty. I decided to continue with my training and worry about the window later. After the training I looked out at my car and, lo and behold, dragonflies were flying all around my car. After calling the insurance company I went out to load up my car and the dragonflies came to say hello. It was such a great sign – no worries, everything will be fine and it was. The insurance company paid 100% and I had an appointment for a new window installation this afternoon. They are always around no matter where I go, even in the parking lot at work.

 

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Another amazing shiny bug is the Japanese beetle. Although not my favorite this little shiny group of them caught my eye while visiting my friends mother-in-law’s house. They are quite beautiful with their shining hard shells glimmering in the sun make them quite colorful.

 

What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?

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Love and Light!


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Satisfaction – A Day in Nature!

This week, share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction. It can be monumental, minor, or something in between.

“The dragonfly spiritually embodies the stripping away of negativity that holds us back, helping us to achieve our dreams and goals. Dragonflies are the keepers of dreams, the energy within that sees all of our true potential and ability. Dragonflies inspire spirituality and creativity, they help us on the path of discovery and enlightenment. They reminder us that anything is possible.” ~ Beauty and the Green ~

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I had the pleasure of watching butterflies, dragonflies and bees enjoying a nice sunny day in the Saratoga National Historical Park. The butterflies teased with this fluttering wings coming and going too quickly to capture with my camera yet this little lady stopped to pose for my camera. Possibly she received as much satisfaction as me.

Please take your time to feel the satisfaction I felt while enjoying a long walk through the park. This is one of the places near my childhood home that still touches my heart and reminds me of wonderful times spent with family. A place to slow down, enjoy nature and all her many blessings.

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A sweet little deer was walking out of the woods as I stepped on a twig and we were both startled. A quick peek and gone not to be seen again on this walk.

“To be able to look back upon on one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.” ~ Khalil Gibran ~

Do you have a place that you visit that brings you satisfaction? A place that reminds you to slow down and notice your surroundings?

Hope you enjoyed my stroll through the Park. If you are ever in the area stop in and take a walk on the trails or the road. If you don’t feel like a walk take a leisurely drive and stop to see the sights along the way. You can read more about Saratoga National Historical Park here: https://www.nps.gov/sara/index.htm

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Love and Light!

If you would like to learn how to slow down and live mindfully, please leave a message below or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com


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WPC – Against the Odds 2

This week, share a photo that says “against the odds.” Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds — a shot you never thought you’d get. Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” ~ Arnold Palmer ~

In September 2016 I grabbed my camera and tripod and went to capture photos of the blood moon. There was some light pollution affecting the shot until I found the perfect place. The tripod didn’t want to cooperate and holding the camera still long enough to capture a shot was almost impossible. Yet, as you can see I was able to capture several decent photos of the blood moon along with some stars.

Sometimes we are in the right place at the right time under the right conditions to capture shots that would normally be impossible for an amateur photographer to capture. When the chip was placed in the laptop, the moon shots surprised me.

Along with the moon shots, capturing a dragonfly in flight was another impossible shot. Sitting on the beach with camera in hand, after an hour or so of patiently waiting and watching I was able to capture the dragonfly in flight. Meditating on that warm summer day with dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, and beaver before me was worth the wait.

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When the memory card was placed in the laptop I was quite pleased with the result. It looks like the world is rotating around the dragonfly. It was against the odds to actually for this amateur photographer to capture. Feeling grateful for the results.

Another dragonfly photo was truly against the odds because over the decades of enjoying dragonflies, I had never witnessed a dragonfly on a leaf or anywhere else eating. Check out this damselfly eating an insect. This was capture while visiting a friend and walking the trails on her property near the pond.

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Have you captured any photos that you felt were against the odds of capturing?

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Love and Light!


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In Search of Dragonflies

Dragonflies have not always intrigued me. In fact, as a child I was petrified of the dragonfly and damselflies because my mother told me they would sew my eyes and mouth shut.

What piqued my interest? It wasn’t actually the actual insect. When I owned my home I became obsessed with Trading Spaces. A television show that aired weekly with neighbors trading spaces in their home for remodeling of one room. Some of the decorators were a little out there for me with grass walls, bright colors and unusual themes. What I did like was how watching got those creative juices flowing and had me always on the lookout for a home improvement project to include laying my own subfloor and ceramic tile on my kitchen floor, painting, wallpapering, installing lights, a front and back door as well as a installing a stained glass window in my bedroom. The latter installations with the assistance of my son.

Where did the dragonflies come in? On a visit to Jo-Ann’s Fabric I found a red material with gold dragonflies. The material cost over $25 a yard. This was not affordable at the time but every time I would visit Jo-Ann’s the first place I went was to check on the material. One day I received a 1/2 off coupon in the mail and an unexpected check. That was the day I purchased several yards of the material. I didn’t know how to sew at the time but I borrowed my sister’s sewing machine and while watching Trading Spaces paid attention to the sewing and gave it a try. The curtains came out perfect. All the dragonflies lined up across the top of the curtain rod in a straight line. Three set of curtains all perfectly in alignment. That was the start. Then came the earring, a necklace, wall hanging, more earrings and an obsession was developed.

While walking in the Saratoga National Park I noticed dragonflies of many sizes along my walks. Every time I went on vacation, more dragonflies. Not always easy to capture with the camera but on many occasions I was successful. If you notice the dragonfly photo on my site you will see a red dragonfly that I captured on film while visiting The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena California. http://www.huntington.org

On Friday I was enjoying an overnight with my niece at the Moreau State Park campground. While she read her book I wandered off to check out the trails. Along the way I spotted a beaver dam in the distance and went to check it out. Upon closer examination I noticed dragonflies skittering around in the air, landing on lily pads and enjoying the beautiful day. I had the camera and a couple of lenses so I clicked, checked to see if they were captured, clicked and viewed. Nothing to keep. There seemed to be several pairs flying together in the air mating. Mating dragonflies seem to fly faster than when single. It was difficult and I kept missing them. Then I sat on the beach, switched lenses and waited patiently. It wasn’t until after I shot several that I actually looked. This is what I captured:

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Can you imagine how excited I was when to my surprise when I actually captured photos of dragonflies in flight? Around an hour and a half after sitting it was time to return to the campsite. That’s when I noticed this amazing butterfly fluttering about from flower to flower. I ran after the little miracle and captured two shots before returning to the path. It wasn’t until two days later that I discovered the butterfly had a white circle with writing attached to a wing. As you will see, it isn’t legible because I hadn’t even noticed until after the fact. First I thought possibly the butterfly was electronic and someone was having fun watching me chase it along the path, then thought possibly it was part of a research project. Not sure how the sticker found its way to the wing but it was interesting.

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The entire weekend was spent camping, traveling to Rhode Island to visit my nephew and more sites, kayaking, and then on to the annual Garlic Festival in Bennington, VT. While kayaking dragonflies had a fun time skittering along the marsh area, moving too quickly for me to capture them from the kayak. By the time the camera was up and ready to shoot, they had moved on to the next area. The camera went down and I sat back to enjoy the sunset and dragonflies.

Taking in the scenery, water, sunset, sunrise, sound of the loons and paddles whooshing along the water, smell of fresh air and dragonflies plus a little tree hugging – what more could one ask for in one long weekend:)

Today an interesting thing happened. While waiting in line to order coffee with my granddaughter, I was sharing with her about the adventure in search of dragonflies when the woman behind interrupted. She was embarrassed to interrupt however when she heard us discussing dragonflies she wanted to share a recently published book titled Dragonflies by Pieter van Dokkum. The book must have sold out because they are back ordered. Looking forward to receiving my copy when they are available. Check out these two websites.

Do you have a love of an insect, animal or other nature that you pursue? I would love to hear about your adventures if you would like to share.

Love and Light!


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Dragonfly — Grace/Change/Power

Dragonfly – grace/change/power

Dragonflies are characterized by their quick, sudden movements and a powerful wing strokes. The dragonfly uniquely changes direction on a whim. Symbolizing transition, the dragonfly has impeccable vision, which is a reminder to open one’s eyes to the beauty of life’s journey. Embrace the graceful energy of the dragonfly to live life to the fullest and to appreciate Mother Earth’s gifts. ~ http://www.alexandani.com ~

The Huntington Garden and Library - Pasadena, CA

The Huntington Garden and Library – Pasadena, CA

Like the dragonfly, you too can change direction in your own life if you find yourself on the wrong path. It is never too late to become the person you want to be. I have been a lover of dragonflies for twenty years due to their beauty, elegance, and ability to change direction on a whim. I love that they are able to move forward, backward, sideways or stay in one place for any given moment in time. Many times when I am walking, kayaking, sitting in my yard, or on the deck the dragonflies seem to find me. While kayaking several will follow along as I row sometimes stopping to sit on my paddle, kayak or shoulder. It is quite beautiful. They began to show up in fabric, presents, stores, book covers, on walks, and in my yard and have remained a part of me whether I am home or traveling. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. My day is always brighter when I see a dragonfly and I shall look forward to spring when they return.

Do you have a symbol that speaks to you? I would love to hear what it is that seems to appear in your life to guide you along your path.

Love and Light,

Sandy