Don't you just love fall? There is something so magical about it. It's as though Mother Earth is giving you a big hug before she goes to sleep.
Last Monday, as I headed back into the house from running errands, this fabulous creature flies around me. I've never had a camera in hand when they are nearby. This one seemed to invite me to inspect his beauty. He landed on the holly bush right by the front gate entrance to the house, directly in my path. He just parked there. I stood there breathless and watched him. Wondering when he was going to fly off after teasing me like this. He didn't. It's as though he was looking at me inviting me to enjoy every little detail about him.
I soaked it all in and then headed into the house quickly to get my camera and came back out and slowly approached him shooting frame after frame. He didn't move. If you click on the image, you can see all the details in his wings. Fabulous, isn't it? And, look at his face. Is it my imagination or is that fella smiling at me?
I can only wonder.
I recently bought a book on "Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Southwest" by Robert Behrstock. In it, he explains (and I'm oversimplifying) that dragonflies perch with their wings apart and horizontal. Damselflies perch with their wings vertical and closed.
Did you know that?
To top it off, later on that evening in a parking lot (after dark) I watched an owl swoop silently onto a light pole.
It's simple things like this that brings me joy.