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I received a visit from this little ray of light today whilst watering my garden 🙂 After photographing him like a mad woman, and without a macro lens (!), I did a bit of Googling to try and ID him (which I have yet to succeed in doing btw)
But interestingly enough, I never realized that dragonflies are born without wings, omg who knew?!
Dragonfly nymphs hatch from an egg and then go through a series of adaptations where they continually shed their skins.
An ‘inner impulse’ drives them to eat vast amounts of food in preparation (similar to the caterpillar before he turns into a butterfly), until one day the dragonfly eventually reaches adulthood and emerges from a former skin to reveal a new, winged body.
Witnessing the stunning beauty and magic of this awesome insect and realizing that he probably just started a whole new venture in life full of freedom and flight, totally inspired me. So I wrote this poem, A Dahab Dragonfly!
A Dahab Dragonfly
The warmth of the sun huggs the trees
In a scorching dry desert breeze
An energized flurry of hovering hope
So vibrant, alive, determined to cope
Gracefully cruising, the hum of its wings
With quick sharp turns and wanderings
Nothing blocking it’s way or paving it’s path
Making the most of the moment, never holding back
A delicate figure, but a spirit strong resilient
He pauses for a moment, this little dab of brilliance
Perched, his wings outstretched in the sun to shine
In an array of iridescent colors divine
Wearing an armor of pattern rainbow embedded within
A glare of determined eyes that shall always win
So alive freshly broken free into a life he’s wanted
Left behind a dormant reality unlocked and forgotten
An ancient voice within him, consciously I can’t register
Pointing me in some right direction like a messenger
His heart soaks in life’s new warmth and glow
A small ray of life, flying and floating he goes
Into an airy new and completely different world
Whether knowing it or not back on my path I’m hurled
More pics below, enjoy! 🙂
PS: If you know the name of the species, do comment or write me and let me know!