Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I'm Over the Moon!

I finally got my first ever Dragonfly picture. I'm quite excited about it. I don't know what kind it is and the ones I've usually seen flying around don't look quite like this one and are bigger. Maybe it's a young one, I'm afraid I don't know much about Dragonflies although I think they're super. Click on pics. to enlarge.



I've been so busy all week. I had a muddy patch on part of the garden what with all the rain we've been having and it looked like the grass wasn't going to grow back. So Monday I dug up about 10 buckets of earth, no mean feat in itself as I had to go all over the place getting a shovel full here and a shovel full there. I spread that, then I dug up clumps of grass and earth that had grown into some of the beds and laid that down. I don't know how many wheelbarrows full of sod I put down, but a lot. I was going full throttle until sometime in the afternoon and I can tell you my body was burning with pain by the time I stopped. I'm pleased with it and that's the important thing.

Today I've been trying to weed but the black flies had me driven crazy and they are biting now. I had to come in many times just to get away from them but did get a bit done. Just finished mowing the grass but couldn't do the pathway going along near the stream as it's still far too wet in that area and there are trees shading it as well. Hopefully we'll get a few days in a row of sun so it has a chance to dry up.

The bees are arriving finally. Saw a few very large Bumble Bees. Also saw what I think was a Fritillary and another very small pale blue flutter.

12 comments:

st said...

TRy here
http://www.ent.orst.edu/ore_dfly/links.html#CAN
great pictures

Pete said...

and as ever rather good!!

Pete said...

i know that one!! we call it four spotted chaser think you call it four spotted skimmer

oldcrow61 said...

st. thanks for that site.
Pete, you're right. It is a four spotted skimmer

Tricia said...

Well done OC - not the easiest of wildlife to get a picture of - nice one:)

Cicero Sings said...

Isn't fun to actually get a picture of one? Those things don't usually sit still for very long ... at least for me anyway. I got a picture of the same dragonfly just a couple of days ago ... but your pictures are better!

Such a sense of accomplishment with a job well done ... even with the aching muscles!

Biting bugs are "for the birds" ... those darn birds should eat more!!!!

Janine said...

Great pic OC! They can be frustrating, cant they!

Jo said...

Beautifully captured dragonfly.

Many Native Americans believe that when a person dies, their spirit is carried to the next world by the dragonfly.

Jan said...

Lovely shot, glad you found out what it is.

Border Reiver said...

Great shot Oldcrow, and the Swallowtail on an earlier posting.... oh and a hint with the black flies... stay indoors and let the weeds mature into a wildlife garden :-)

Mo said...

Well done on the dragonfly :-)

Gallicissa said...

Congradulations! This is a very good capture.