“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Almost Summer - Red Dragonfly

A little more summer.

Finding the magic again - step 3.

A day off from work today. I fell asleep on the couch last night, beginning as a drowse after reading, the air from the fan absolutely pleasant as it barely touched me, in one of those sleep positions that is so perfect you dare not move, and I slept late into this Friday morning, waking only once to see Maggie through the glass of the front door, sound asleep sitting up, facing the door, waiting for me to feed her. In she came when the door opened - she must think I am magical to be able to accomplish such a feat as opening doors - and back out after her quick breakfast, and back to the couch and sleep I went. Finally awake later in the morning, I read - the first book that has held my attention for months, nothing deep, a novel about India & romance & 1928 - a slang term used by the characters making me laugh; it's so balloon, they say, when something is cool. So balloon. The heat is piling in on us now, so inside with a book felt absolutely decadent, but a red dragonfly sneakily beckoned me outside, soaring by my door, stopping in mid-air to peer in at me, and I could not resist. I grabbed my camera and stepped outside as he flew over my shoulder, surprising me from behind, chasing a female, never stopping, never stopping, or so it seemed until I stopped thinking and just fell into their rhythm, finally finding his new rest stop, and finding myself climbing partially into the creek, following him, watching for grass snakes, and yes, I managed a few shots, but not what I really wanted. This dragonfly was found lounging on a car antenna across the street, no creek-climbing-into necessary. It's not the best shot - there's one I love with N's house in the background - but this one just feels right when I look at it. It feels hot & summery & shimmery & a little magical & humid, and made me think about Robin's post of yesterday, asking what - besides the image - one is looking for when one takes a photograph. I am always looking for a story. This one is summer.

Now back to my book.
it's so balloon!


  1. this shot of the dragonfly is really balloon!!! :)

  2. I've had you on my mind. The invitation was beautiful.
    I look forward to catching up.


  3. this is a lovely summer photo. you took robin's question to heart, into the creek and out. what takes you in pursuit of an image. in this case it was the trip the subject took you on.

  4. I swear I'd never heard of a red dragonfly. This is very magic.

  5. yes! of course you are seeking the stories. but also... the stories are looking for you so that they can be told with heart.

    happy hot and humid summer to you!

  6. Beautiful image and screams summer.

  7. I love the way you describe your summer days.

    That's so balloon...I love that! I wonder what kind of strange looks I would get if I started using that phrase..I'm gonna try.



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