Dragonflies and summer

Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky:—
So this wing’d hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


(dragonfly / Troup Co. Georgia / Julie Cook / 2018)

Yesterday’s shot was one of the typical dragonflies that I always see this time of year, when
the mercury rises right alongside with the humidity.

I thought I’d share a couple of more images today.

Whenever we visit the woods during the summer months, the same woods my husband likes to
frequent during the fall deer season, we have to make certain that we don’t venture too far from
the dirt roads or trails as it’s being reported, that this year especially, the tick and
copperhead snake populations are each skyrocketing.

The sweat beads up quickly upon the brow, before becoming a free-flowing torrent racing
down our faces, as the air makes breathing freely as difficult as if breathing in through
a hot wet towel.

Yet these spritely winged creatures seem to thrive with their aerial acrobatics
as the temperatures only continue to rise…oblivious to the nearly unbearable heat.

The detail within their lacey wings amazes me—a transparent stain glass window that
serendipitously carries theses winged artists acrobatically through the skies.


(dragonflies / Troup Co / Julie Cook / 2018)

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10

15 comments on “Dragonflies and summer

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Love the assurance in the passage from Job. Even though our world may be crumbling around us, the creator of all things cares for each one of us.

  2. I’ve never particularly liked the look of dragon flies… but you have made me see them differently! Your photos are amazing… And this post is a work of art… from beginning to end! Love the poetry, your thoughts and the passage from Job. All so beautiful! Thank you for this lovely way to begin my day! ❤ ❤

    • I can’t say that many bugs are alluring but when I was in the classroom, I introduce one of the first drawing unit lessons using lines…there are 7 variations of line…bet you didn’t know that 🙂
      So we did a study on line while observing insects as their bodies give way to such wonderful design concepts…I would also pull in the elements of design…color, texture, balance, shape, value and obviously– line.
      I’d incorporate all of this into creating pieces of art utilzing these design principles particularly line, while using insects as our creative impetus.
      The kids came up with some wonderful pieces. It gave a lot of those who found themselves rather hesitant being in an art class a sense of “success” right off the bat—so from all of that, I really developed a great respect for the design of insects…
      even though I detest spiders—I can appreciate their webs 🙂

  3. hatrack4 says:

    This might bring back a memory. Was the dragonfly’s name Evenrude?

  4. Amazing photos! I love the transparent loveliness of those wings. God’s artistic hand is so evident, no matter where we look…

  5. oneta hayes says:

    What beauty! Oh, the marvel of God’s creation! I had no idea a dragonfly was so stunning.

  6. Lynda Clayton says:

    Absolutely beautiful insects! Thanks for the great photos Julie.

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