This lovely little dragonfly was on the sidewalk near a friend's home. Most of the 'cellophane' had gone from it's wings so it could not fly, even with a launch, so I brought it home. It sits on my dining room table breathing quietly. I have never watched a dragonfly breathe before. The blue tail expands and contracts rhythmically. I took a short video and have posted it on my www.joannethomson.com home page. This site doesn't take videos...
Wishing you dragonfly encounters of your own. j
Another tree portrait: Hemlock this time. At least it was in a hemlock grove and had young hemlocks growing from it. So I think it was hemlock. It is such a busy place, Cathedral Grove, but quiets down wonderfully when you enter a conversation with one tree. People walk past without interrupting, even ask their children to be quiet and not disturb 'the artist'. Quite lovely, and worth remembering. If you want to sit quietly and be undisturbed, just open a book and hold a pencil. You need not draw. Looking is enough and almost as profound as drawing.