Dragons and graveyards

The dragonfly and damselfly reflect and work with the sun and light.  Light changes throughout the day.  The dragonfly and damselfly undergo their own transformations.  If they have shown up, look for change to occur.  Are you resisting change when you shouldn’t?  Dragonflies remind us that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.  ‘Let there be light’ is the divine prompting to use the creative imagination as a force within your life.  This is part of what dragonflies and damselflies teach us.

Life is never quite the way it appears, but is is always filled with light and color.  Dragonfly can help you to see through your illusions and thus allow your own light to shine forth.  Dragonfly brings the brightness of transformation and the wonder of colorful new vision.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

I think dragonfly has been influencing me lately as there certainly has been a new brightness, a transformation, and the wonder of color.

What I would like to know is:  Who is that little guy on the right horning in on Dragonfly’s close-up?  (Click on the photo to see the larger version.  You may not be able to see the little guy if you don’t.)  It’s a strange little thing.  Is it some bizarre cross between a frog and a crab?  It looks that way to me.  I did a little research, wanting to identify the dragonfly (it is Erythemis simplicicollis, Eastern pondhawk), and it may be a nymph.  Check out these pictures at Discover Life and tell me what you think.

I like Ted Andrews and his book Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small but have to say that it would be more unusual if dragonfly didn’t show up in my life right now.  The pond, the woods, and this entire area is teeming with dragonflies and damselflies right now.  Unlike me, they enjoy the hot weather we’ve been having.

In book news…

(Lake View Cemetery.  Cleveland, Ohio.)

I just finished reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and what a delightful read it was.  It has its dark moments but it was mostly magic.  The book is meant for ages 9-12 which puts me more than a little on the old side of its readership and fans.  I had heard so many good things about it (and I was already a fan of Neil Gaiman) that I wanted to read it for myself.  Now I want to save it in that pile of books I have for my grandchildren, the one that includes books such as The Secret Garden and The Phantom Tollbooth.

If you haven’t read the book yet, you might want to give it a go.  And then hand it over to a 9-12 year old to read.  It is an adventure about childhood and growing up told in a way that I think will appeal to parents learning to let go of their children and to children who are growing up, learning to step outside into the world.

And now it is time for me to step outside into the world.  It is a scorcher out there today, in the 90’s with high humidity.  I need to get out in the garden for a little while to see what’s going on, maybe weed a bit, and check on the peppers and corn.  Everything else has been growing like gangbusters this year so I expect to find them almost ready to harvest.   (Not really.)

Then it’s back into the house for some homecaring chores.  I’ve spent a good part of the morning watching the World Cup coverage.  Way to go, USA!!!!  (They are through to the next round!!)  Congrats to England, too!!!

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10 Comments on “Dragons and graveyards”

  1. anhinga says:

    You have always been fascinating to read, but even more so lately. Your posts are dense with meaning, emotion and information. From this post I realize I MUST have that book Animal Speak. I will check it out when I go to the library this week, but have a feeling I need it in my library. Thanks again for opening my world a little wider.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Anhinga, for your lovely comments. I have been letting my photos do my blogging for a long time. Lately I’ve had the urge to write and it’s been fun combining the two.

      Animal Speak is a good book to have around. Interesting and often inspiring.

  2. Marcie says:

    Exquisite detail in the dragonfly..and wonderful graveyard scenes!

  3. Bo Mackison says:

    Love that — dragons AND graveyards! Book sounds delicious, too!

  4. Joanne says:

    I have a twelve year old son, my youngest, so will be looking for both Animal-Speak and The Graveyard Book, for both of us to read. You’re never too old to read good child’s book, I absolutely love Dr. Seuss books myself!

    Again, Robin, beautiful photos. I’d be interested to know what camera you have, as I’m thinking I need an update. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Joanne: Dr. Seuss is a favorite of mine too. There was a time when I could recite “Green Eggs and Ham” in its entirety (thanks to my oldest son who loved that one in particular).

      My camera (and you just reminded me that I need to update my FAQ) is a Kodak EasyShare Z981. Someday I may jump into the DSLR pool but this works for me for now (especially in terms of price, weight, and what I need to carry around with me).

  5. […]  Some of my favorite books are meant for children.  The Secret Garden.  The Phantom Tollbooth.  The Graveyard Book (the one book review I’ve done here at Ye Olde Blogge, but stay tuned — another one is […]


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