Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dragonfly Snaps

After my Sunflower photo session, I drove to Murfree Springs Wetlands in Murfreesboro. In spite of harsh light and heat, I walked around the boardwalk. Not much was stirring except an abundance of Dragonflies. I 'think' this is a Blue Dasher resting on a plant near the edge of the boardwalk. His wings are so beautiful glistening in the sunlight.

I eyed the edge of the boardwalk and spotted what I believe is an Eastern Pondhawk perched on a plant. I am not an expert when it comes to Dragonflies, but I do enjoy photographing them. I thought I would share one of the explanations I found for the origin of how the Dragonfly got it's name.

In old Romanian folklore, the dragonfly was actually a horse ridden by Saint George. St. George rid the mythical town of Silence of the dragon that lived in the town’s pond and poisoned the town. After wounding the dragon, he leashed the dragon and gave it to the town’s princess. Saint George’s horse became a giant flying insect when cursed by the devil. In the Romanian language, the word for dragonfly translates into Devil’s Horse or Devil’s fly. The Romanian word for devil is drac, which can also indicate dragon. In English, it translated to dragonfly.

The weekend is upon us and with yet more days of high heat and humidity. Today was 97 and I'm sure the heat index was in triple digits. There's no relief in sight either. Am I allowed to say I'm almost ready for Fall. Did I actually say that? Oops. Stay cool all. ENJOY!


  1. I so love these....I think they are so beautiful.

    1. Rose thank you so much for stopping by. I loved these images and I'm so glad you do too. Carol

  2. How do you get them to sit still!?

  3. It is not easy to find one that is sitting still and they don't sit there long. Carol

  4. Hi Carol,

    I've been meaning to give you a hand with the first dragon for a while, but every time I remember, I'm walking into the office building.

    I think what you have in the first photo is a Great Blue Skimmer, and a really nice one at that.

  5. Oh my gosh, really. I knew you would have an answer. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know. Carol