Monday, October 5, 2015

Dragonfly Dreams

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
which means...
more dragonflies will be born in
Dragonfly Pond!

Dragonfly dreams do come true :)


  1. Congratulations!!! Isn't it exciting to create habitat for the critters?:) It makes me happy too! Even in the middle of suburbia, a green space will attract all kinds of critters. Pretty magical!

  2. Dragonflies have a special beauty with their lacy wings, their iridescent bodies, and all seeing eyes. I too have lots in the garden especially around the pool. A memorable moment for me was seeing a Dragonfly slowly emerging from its Nymph stage whilst I was sitting beside a loch in Scotland.

  3. You're very perceptive observer and I am glad that your dreams come true on dragonflies. Regards.

  4. You have helped add beauty to the world. Congratulations!

  5. Great that you have a garden pond for dragonflies. The dragonfly larva are ugly animals, but the dragonflies that are born from it are magnificent. Your last picture is really fantastic!

  6. Heel mooi Rosemarie , ben het met Helma eens Wow voor de laatste !
    groet, Annie

  7. Bonjour chère amie,

    Vous êtes une véritable fée !... et votre jardin ne peut qu'attirer ces charmantes libellules. Vos captures photographique sont sublimes.

    Gros bisous ♡

  8. Oh, how exciting!!
    And your photos are as stunning as ever, always a treat to visit you Rosemary :-)

  9. How magical and inspiring...

  10. Photo 3 is really fantastic.
    Great that they are visiting your garden.


Thank you so much for your kind words :)