Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Over and Out Houston

Sitting in the old white wicker chair that afternoon was routine for me.  Moon immediately headed toward something that was on top of the small table where I normally put my feet on.  We had had rain on and off all morning and there was a chill in the air.  Beads of water dripped slowly from the leaves above and realizing how soaked everything was, I placed an old towel on the seat of the chair.


Once I sat down though I saw this dragonfly.  Isn't he AWESOME?  His wings were so unique, patterned like "camo" with darker spots and a thin film of mesh that was almost completely transparent.

Watching him for several minutes, he didn't even budge.  Then, I swear to goodness, I heard his wings flutter and beat like a little twin engine plane.



 Watching him "rev" his engine several times, I wondered what he was doing.  Repeatedly, he beat those wings so hard and so fast, then simply lay them down again.

After about six or eight tries and clearance from Houston controls, we had lift off!  He was gone.

I wonder if he'd just gotten soaked and was drying his wings in order to gain momentum for takeoff and altitude!!  Bon voyage, mon ami!  



12 comments:

Samantha said...

At first glance, the winds almost seem to be woven into the wicker!
Gorgeous!

Samantha said...

Make that "wings".

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I thought he was a goner for sure!

Angie said...

Priceless!

Chatty Crone said...

He looked like he was woven into the chair like he was dried up. I'm so glad he got to take off!

texwisgirl said...

i'm glad he wasn't caught. :)

Sonya Heilmann said...

What a cool critter!

Sandra said...

nature is so great, always something to capture with the lens or sit and watch in amazement.

Jill said...

Beautiful! What a fun thing to watch.

SharleneT said...

Yup, he/she was drying the wings, like birdies do. Great pix. Delighted he stood around long enough for you to take pictures. Come visit when you can.

gld said...

That was a special treat for you!

I had no idea they did that.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I really enjoy how you notice the smallest things, that have the most beauty--How many people miss that? I know I try not too, but know I do!

I hope you've had an enjoyable day!

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