I’m bored and having trouble writing, so i decided to browse Pixabay to see if the images there would give me any inspiration. Sure enough, that photo of a dragonfly sparked something in my mind.
I’ve always thought dragonflies were pretty cool. They’re like nature’s helicopters. As big as they are, I’ve never been afraid of them, but I know people who are. I just think they’re cool, and they come in so many beautiful colors.
When I was in high school there was this body of water not far behind the school, and when we little hoodlums skipped class, we’d go through the field next to the water to avoid the road. At the right time of year, it was amazing out there. The dragonflies would be so thick you could literally reach out and grab a handful right out of the air. You could feel little snaps on your skin as their wings and bodies blurred past.
If you just stood there you could wait and spot one just hovering, like it was frozen in time. And the colors! Oh my god it was amazing. Blue ones, green ones, purple ones, gold ones, ones that seemed to change color in the sun. I’d say there had to be at least half a dozen or more varieties out there.
We don’t see many dragonflies around here, but I’m glad when I do. The neighbors yards are flooded and have become a huge pond, which means lots of mosquitoes. Dragonflies are excellent for keeping mosquito populations down. There have been a few mornings where we sat out back on the porch and there were dragonflies over the water so big we could identify them with the naked eye.