285: Summer seduction

A hazy summer day, somewhere in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Sultry, steaming, sweltering … Slow down.  Or stop.  It’s time to shed ambition and expectation, along with commutes, clothing, cellular phones, calendars.  Now our wants seem to diminish.  Is it because our needs are met?  A shady nook, a cold drink, a cool breeze — whether indoors or out.  A respite from the rigors of the day.  Time off for good behavior.  Summer is not so much a season as a melody, that tune of contentment we hum as the days begin to beautifully blur.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

The dragonflies and damselflies are working their summer magic on me.  Yesterday I stood under the shade of the willow trees watching them flit and fly and dance, occasionally landing on the grasses at the edge of the pond.  Summer is their season.  Dragonflies and damselflies are cold blooded and need the warmth and light of the summer sun.  In his book Animal Speak, Ted Andrews mentions that for those with a dragonfly or damselfly totem, “spending time outside in the sun near fresh water sources will be beneficial for restoring and changing health conditions for the better…”

The dragonfly and damselfly reflect and work with the sun and light.  The light changes throughout the day.  The dragonfly and damselfly undergo their own transformations…  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 it 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

During the early part of the winter months, when the cold really set in, I was not always happy about having to step outside for 30 minutes a day.  The cold would bite and sting.  I’d spend a good part of the time shivering and wanting to be back indoors.  Gradually I acclimated and the cold no longer seemed so bad.  I’d still feel it, but winter’s beauty had ways of distracting me from the cold.

Summer is starting to do the same thing, seducing me into starting to like the season if not yet love it.  I don’t even mind the heat and humidity so much, especially when I’m standing in the shade of the willows watching the dragonflies shimmer in the sunlight.

Today I watched the fish swimming in the pond.  The water is amazingly clear, and the pond is practically bursting with fish.  The sunlight hitting the bluegills is almost as pretty as sunlight on dragonfly wings.

I found a different dragonfly yesterday.  A red one.  The photos I got were not very good, but this one isn’t too bad:

It is a beautiful summery day here in the Bogs.  The sky is a lovely shade of blue, the breeze is just enough to dissipate some of the heat, and the air smells warm and sunny.

Today's view of the pond.

The vegetables in the garden are coming along nicely.  We had salads made with lettuces from the garden last night, and will have some Swiss chard with our dinner tonight.  We’ve had to water the garden lately.  We could use a rainy day or two, to help things along.  Even the grass, which was growing like gangbusters during the rainy spring, has slowed down its growth and is beginning to brown.

Sunlight in the corn

Summer is winning me over.  It may not be love yet, but I am liking it.  I am learning a few of summer’s lessons:   to slow down a little or, if the occasion calls for it, stop.  It is, I’m finding, the best way to enjoy summer, at a slow pace or at no pace at all while enjoying the shade, the breeze, and the dance of the dragonflies.


33 Comments on “285: Summer seduction”

  1. judithhb says:

    Would you swop some of your sunshine for some of our rain? And you really are learning to stop and smell the daisies. Well done.

    Enjoy these lovely days.


    • Robin says:

      I would gladly swap, Judith. We need some rain here. We have a slim possibility of some storms today, but what we really need is a day or two of a nice, steady rainfall.

      Thank you. 🙂

  2. Your new appreciation for the changing seasons has been inspirational! Your photos of the dragonflies (damselflies?) are beautiful! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Holly. 🙂

      They are all dragonflies. Dragonflies perch with their wings spread out. Damselflies hold their wings above their bodies when they rest.

  3. Kieran Hamilton says:

    The dragon/damselfly pictures are awesome! We don’t get many (any) dragonfly’s in the city, so thanks for sharing!

  4. bearyweather says:

    Great pictures as usual. I stood by the lake one day last week and took dragonfly pictures, too. What I want to know is why I only have some extremely small blue ones and the rest are mostly all brown or black? Very dull. I want some colorful ones like yours! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂

      I bet you have some colorful dragonflies, too. Since your spring and summer have been a little behind ours, they probably just haven’t shown up yet.

  5. Christine says:

    That red dragonfly is cool – I thought they only came in green or brown! Nice photographic catch!

  6. mewithmycamera says:

    beautiful photos

  7. SAJ says:

    wow! looking at these pictures, it is hard to believe that you recently said you didn’t have much luck photographing dragonflies!

  8. Kel says:

    you’re becoming quite the dragonfly catcher 🙂

  9. penpusherpen says:

    slow down, you move too fast,… you’ve got to make the morning last…. (Simon and Garfunkel) …you brought the words to mind with your descriptive blog, Robin. … I’m looking out at the neighbours spruces swaying in the breeze, the grey clouds are now and again chasing away the sun, and there’s a small amount of rain falling, which stops and starts at it’s own leisure…in many ways a wonderful morning, my net panels are swaying in the slight breeze and I feel ‘groovy’ … as in going with the flow… Your Red Dragonfly photo is beautiful, and shows so intricate a design, Nature is a such a fine artist… xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I’ve been singing that song since reading your comment, Pen. It’s not a bad song to have stuck in one’s mind, at least for a little while. 🙂

  10. Bo Mackison says:

    Lovely damsels. Those photos are awesome. Yes, let summer seduce you. Slow down and enjoy.

  11. Karma says:

    I’m glad you are learning to like (and maybe eventually love) summer. As I’ve said before, I’ve always loved summer, but interestingly, blogging (yours inclusive) has helped me gain an appreciation for all the seasons (though I’ll never be crazy about winter!).
    Your dragon and damsel flies are lovely. How do you tell the difference?
    Your writing in this post was especially descriptive too.

  12. What a stunningly beautiful post! Truly, truly lovely–both verbally and visually–a perfect marriage. Thanks for sharing your summer with us, Robin!

  13. Lovely, lovely, lovely…A Dance with Dragon(flie)s!
    Someone will get that, I’m sure…
    Beautiful photos!

  14. Beautiful dragonfly photos! I’ve seen red ones at by brother-in-law’s in Oklahoma a couple years ago. They seem to be more rare than the other colors.

  15. Wow Robin, you’ve certainly captured some amazing dragonfly shots there… My personal fave is the third dragonfly, but they’re all great…

  16. what lens did you shoot the dragonflies with? Great macro shots! You can clearly see the segmented wings and even the shimmer of light on them. Fantastic!

  17. eof737 says:

    Beautiful! You captured those dragonflies well. Curious about that lens too… 🙂

  18. carlaat says:

    Gorgeous photos as always. A lovely summer interlude . . . glad summer’s growing on you!

  19. So many fantastic photos. I know what you mean about standing in the shade to appreciate summer a bit more. I think most people forget that shade is absolutely delicious in the summertime.
    I was just recently in Kentucky and saw so many beautiful ponds as yours but couldn’t get photos from the car as there aren’t any shoulders along the streets to stop. Again thanks for the information about the Amish and their taking a “day off”–interesting!

    • Robin says:

      I love how you put this, Teresita:

      ‘I think most people forget that shade is absolutely delicious in the summertime.’

      That’s so true. When I make my way out to the shade of the big old maple, I feel like I have arrived at an oasis, the perfect place to sit back and enjoy summer.

      • Robin says:

        Meant to add that we don’t have many shoulders (they call them berms sometimes) around here either. It makes going out on the bike or on foot somewhat risky as you have to depend on the folks driving to give you room and some seem to want to swerve in the direction of the bike or the walker. Eeeek if you happen to be on a bike or walking.

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