Just Dropping In …

This lovely lady rested beside me for a moment or two.

Dragonflies carry with them a weight of myth and folklore.

In Feng Shui, dragonflies mean change, new beginnings and bring all kinds of nice things.

Some people think a visit from a dragonfly is a visit from someone from heaven.

Another take suggests that they represent self-awareness and living in the moment. This might come from the fact that dragonflies spend most of their lives as nymphs, living as adults for only usually a few months.

All of this adds to the beautiful mystic of the dragonfly. These elegant and versatile fliers are equally at home in the air, on land and on the water. And they eat mosquitoes!! Or, so I’m told. A positive characteristic in any visitor.

One thing I know for sure, when this particular dragonfly alighted beside me, the world stood still for a few breaths as I marvelled in this small gift.

WPC – temporary

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17 thoughts on “Just Dropping In …

  1. Osyth November 15, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    What a beauteous gift indeed. The French word for Dragonfly is Libellule and ranks as one of my favourite words in the language …. whichever way you call it they are the most fantastic creatures 🙂

    • JanetRimmington November 19, 2017 / 11:58 pm

      Libellule! Such a lovely word!! Much prettier than dragonfly. When I was a kid, we called them “darning needles”. We told each other they’d sew our mouths shut. We’d squeal and run whenever we saw one. So silly. I think I’d like to go with Libellule from now on. But first I’ll have to practice pronouncing it. 😁

      • Osyth November 20, 2017 / 9:47 am

        That must have been a terrifying prospect 😱 I’ll stick with libellule (leeb-uh-lool 😉)

  2. lexklein November 15, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I like the stories and the IDEA of a dragonfly, but it’s still a bug and I’d still be freaked out if it landed near me!

    • JanetRimmington November 19, 2017 / 11:55 pm

      Haha! No you wouldn’t freak out. They are so lovely. And gentle. Except the part in which they eat mosquitoes – and that’s a total bonus!

  3. the eternal traveller November 16, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    How lucky you were to have one so close and so still. Dragonflies are so difficult to photograph. Your photos are gorgeous.

    • JanetRimmington November 19, 2017 / 11:52 pm

      Thank you so much!! I did feel as though I had been given a gift.

  4. germac4 November 17, 2017 / 12:33 am

    Beautiful photo of a dragonfly, I’ve never seen a still dragonfly, so lovely to see those perfect wings.

  5. Rupali November 19, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Suck lovely capture.

  6. Miriam December 4, 2017 / 12:38 am

    Oh what a beautiful take on the theme. There is something a little magical about them I agree.

  7. jimholroyddiecast December 8, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    great photo, a difficult subject to capture as they don’t stay still for long…

  8. rethy January 30, 2018 / 3:34 am

    Lovely post! In Vietnam dragonfly motifs are very popular; especially on clothes, ceramics and lacquer ware.

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