Panic in the streets!
May 12, 2010
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I’m leaving in less than six weeks. SIX WEEKS. To a land with no trees, where ice will still be melting as spring begins, over 3400km from home, where the sun never sets and mosquitoes never sleep. Oh my fracking gawd. I am simultaneously terrified, excited out of my mind, and consumed with anxiety by the amount of work that I still need to do before I go. Eek!
To distract me from my AUGH, I shall present a lovely dragonfly, my first of the season. I actually found several of these Darners last week, swooping and hovering as they fed in a small clearing on the edge of a stand of white pine trees next to an old field. They were still there yesterday, three of them resting together on the sunny side of a young pine, seemingly unconcerned with my presence.
With clear wings and subdued green/yellow, grey and brown tones, this species camouflages quite well on the lightly lichen-covered trees
I remember how much large dragonflies like this frustrated me when I was an undergrad student trying desperately to snag one or two for my Intro Ento course collection…with wrap-around eyes, and incredible dexterity in flight, it was next to impossible to net one. I was actually pretty surprised that these were so calm with the camera an inch or two away, considering the warmth of the day. Maybe they were relying on their colouration, rather than speed, for protection?