I live in the middle of suburbia.
A land of sidewalks, paved driveways and every now and then
a teensy, tiny greenspace.
We looked long and hard to find our house
and chose it because of its12,000 square foot lot
in a well-treed neighbourhood.
But, was I going to find dragonflies here?
Of course not...
That is, until I planted my garden
and they began to visit
Even then, a dragonfly pond?
Can you even build one just for dragonflies?
It turns out, you can :)
It took us a few years of experimenting and educating ourselves
before we recognized the Pond Dragons (dragonfly larvae)
that scuttled along the muddy bottom of the water.
This is the first year I saw them emerge...
from my pond...
my Dragonfly Pond.
I am over the moon and beyond happy.
In the first photo:
I rescued a dragonfly from the rising pond water.
Its wings had not yet hardened enough
for it to fly away.
In the second photo:
Something twinkling in my apple tree caught my eye.
It turned out to be a dragonfly drying its wings
in the sunlight.
In the final photo:
- Best of all -
I witnessed several dragonflies
laying their eggs in the moss near the water
more dragonflies will be born in
Dragonfly dreams do come true :)