Sunday, June 7, 2009


I meant to do my work today—
instead, ran following his bouncing flight,
one to another,
until, at the last, he left me,
as she tipped, ever carefully,
forward, forward, forward--
under the afternoon sun.

The work left waiting--
a petty pursuit,
measured against the truths revealed.

12-Spotted Skimmer, Libellula puchella, male

Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis, male

Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis, female

Ruby Meadowhawk, Sympetrum rubicundulum, male

Common Whitetail, Libellula lydia, male

Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, female

If there be gold dust and dragon’s wings,
what, then, of a dream?

(all photos enlarge)

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bobbie said...

These are so lovely! I have never been able to capture them. Butterflies, yes. But never dragons and damsels.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos. I collect dragonfly and butterfly items - what a thrill to visit your blog and see these lovely pics you have shared. Hope you have a great day.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

No apologies necessary. Your photos cover lots of hard work. It does seem like the dragonflies have come out lately. Summer is upon us.

cestoady said...

Your second picture is so beautiful -- a perfect companion in the style of the lovely haiku.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Nina, Your photos of the dragonflies are wonderful... AND--your writing/poetry is even better. Put the writing with the pictures and you have a WINNER...

I read through some of your other posts. Love your Swallows. We just had a Bluebird family at our nest box. They have fledged--so I hope they come back and do it again.


Old Wom Tigley said...

All these are great pictures well do on the naming of them. I also like the quote at the end... Dragon Wings.. how fantastic.

KGMom said...

So what's the apology?

Pear tree cottage! said...

How could one NOT follow such a blog with so much is the colour you capture and green is the colour that holds my heart (one in the same)


nina at Nature Remains. said...

KGMom--I know--not really a loss here, yet, I DID intend to do so much, when I set out that day!
A dragonfly quickly took me off task--but I have decided that, each year from now on, I will be sure to find one that is patient enough with my watching to show me gold dust on dragon's wings.
Can there be anything more magical?

Mary said...

Do you know who many times I've been sorry? LOL! Outside chasing dragonflies is more important than other work.

Lovely shots, Nina. They are all beautiful but I love that female Eastern Pondhawk!


kate said...

I love your photos, especially if they are of dragonflies which often distract me during my day as well. I left an award for you at my blog. Thanks for letting me follow you. -kate

Michelle Johnson said...

I understand these days all to well as I tend to go chasing something to photograph myself sometimes without doing my work.

Ellen said...

What better way to spend an afternoon than chasing such a beautiful creature.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Thank you, Kate!
I always appreciate a fellow blogger's compliments--and will do my best to pass this one on to others I also enjoy.
Be patient with me, though--I'm a little buried in work of all sorts right now.

Bird said...

Oh yes, I recently spent a day chasing dragons and damsels, and as far as I'm concerned there is no better work ;)

Kathiesbirds said...

Nina, this is some of the best poetry I have read in a long time.