Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

I have been amazed at how many dragonflies I’ve seen this summer, at times they felt like pesty flies that I needed to swat away ~ I’ve never seen so many! I’m surprised by the variety of size and colors they come in. This green one in the first photo is huge, I’d say about 8″ across, it scared me when it flew by, I did not know what it was until it landed.

They say the dragonfly symbolizes change and since there are so many I think it might correlate with BIG change?? For me this rings true. I’ve experienced some big changes, and so many people close to me are going through big life changing episodes. How about you?



Helicopter Harry

Black Mosaic

Delicate Damsel

While reading up on dragonflies, I found a few things that astound me… they can fly 45mph and can move in 6 directions – up, down, side to side, forward and backwards! And they hover like helicopters. They can see 360 degrees ~ I don’t understand how, but how cool is that!?

What I find most magical is the iridescent colors that dance around depending on the light. Perhaps they signify magical change.

I wish I had iridescent wings (⁀‵⁀)


Check out this photo that my friend Barbara took of a pink & purple dragonfly!

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  1. #1 by Jillsy Girl on September 1, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    I, on the other hand, have had less than normal sightings. Not much changing here, I guess! 😉

    Great captures! That first one sounds like a monster!

  2. #2 by Shea on September 1, 2011 - 9:17 pm

    i can’t wait to show maxine this pics tomorrow
    never seen so many of them myself – yes, change. resonates.
    their wings are extraordinary up close
    thank you for the view

  3. #3 by pattisj on September 1, 2011 - 10:13 pm

    I’ve seen more variety in colors of them this year, too, though I’ve never seen one as large as yours! How did you ever get pictures of them? Their capabilities are amazing.

  4. #4 by ladyfi on September 2, 2011 - 12:12 am

    Dragonflies are indeed magical! So perfect and yet so short-lived. Stunning photos.

  5. #5 by Didex on September 2, 2011 - 8:55 am

    You capture the Rubber is very well… lovely

  6. #6 by beth on September 2, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    i recently wrote about all the dragonflies at the pond and how there are so many of them, everywhere…..
    and even with all of your amazing images, the ones we seem to have the most of, aren’t even represented here… that’s amazing since you don’t live that far away and are also in the midwest.
    i had no idea there were so many varieties of them….and no wonder they’re so fast and that i can’t sneak up on them….they can see me coming no matter what i do.
    now i wonder what change is ahead of me 🙂

  7. #7 by Nancy on September 2, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    I love the last photo best, Christine. It appears to have mirror tiles. Amazing.

    You know from reading my blog this morning, I have a few changes in the mix, blogwise anyway. I guess that counts! 🙂

  8. #8 by countingducks on September 2, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    I love dragonflies so thanks for the potos

  9. #9 by Marcie on September 2, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    They really are so are your stunning captures of them. Interesting to think of these dragonflies as harbingers of change…but there may be some truth to it.

  10. #10 by Barbara S. on September 2, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    I’m so envious! We had tons last year but this year they skipped us. I don’t blame them, though. Here’s a link to one of my posts from this time last year on my photography blog:

  11. #11 by cat@juggling act on September 3, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Beautiful pictures! I do love dragon flies. Thanks for visiting

  12. #12 by Gone Country on September 3, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    I love dragonflies! I like the symbolism of change. I’ve also heard they bring good luck!

    My hubby & I are going through some big changes in our lives right now also. All good stuff and we’re excited about it!

    Have a great weekend!

  13. #13 by Teresa on September 3, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I loved reading about them and their symbolism for change.

  14. #14 by Pat on September 4, 2011 - 10:30 am

    These are great dragonfly captures! They are charming, magical creatures! I haven’t seen many – the only one was like Stripes. They must like to land on wood – the one I saw was on my deck.

  15. #15 by Caroline on September 4, 2011 - 10:54 am

    love the photos

  16. #16 by Betty Manousos on September 4, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    really impressive macros!
    it’s really hard to pick a favourite.

    well done. 🙂

    visiting via sunday best.

  17. #17 by Evelyn in Oregon on September 5, 2011 - 12:37 am

    I am so impressed! Today I visited a marshy place where the frogs and dragonflies were numerous. However, I could NOT capture one of those winged blue beauties…to save myself! And then I see this whole series of wonderful dragonfly photos of yours! Beautiful!

  18. #18 by lisa on September 5, 2011 - 7:47 pm

    These are beautiful photographs Christine!
    I never realized there were so many different types of dragonflies.

    Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful evening!


  19. #19 by genie on September 5, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    What a fabulous collection of dragonflies….they are all so different in their coloration. I posted one this week that was basically grayish white but with green eyes and some green on his face. I am always amazed my them. They are true wonders of Mother Nature. genie

  20. #20 by Sharon Stasney on September 6, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    6 directions? 45 mph? holy smokes!

  21. #21 by Kate on September 10, 2011 - 10:20 pm

    Wow. It’s difficult to capture dragonflies. These are wonderful. Wanted to respond to you but I guess your e-mail isn’t linked (or something). So I thought I’d come here to say hello.

    Good luck finding your couch. Sounds like fun!

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