A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

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Always On the Move

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Have you ever watched a dragonfly? I mean watched them without lifting your camera to your eye. They are so elusive, always on the move, requireing patience to get a shot. They live a very busy life. I confess to chasing them to get an image and I’ve also stood, for what seemed like eons, waiting for one of them to come into my frame.  Today I found a couple of them who landed on a fence rail and posed for me.

Just as this dragonfly moves from plant to plant, I’ve found my mind moving from this thought to that thought. But just as this dragonfly, I also need to stop and be quiet, find a fence post to rest. Let the sun warm me. Relax my fluttering wings. Rejuvenate and get ready to move on.

“An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.” Walter Bagehot


Written by Monte Stevens

July 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Animals/Insects

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  1. A very timely photo and post. Just yesterday I was doing that very thing–chasing a dragonfly trying to get a shot in the few seconds it graces us with being still.

    Taking the other point of view, perhaps the constant movement is what keeps them alive and not easy prey for birds. In that regard perhaps there’s a lesson in movement and change! lol 😉

    Wonderful photo!


    July 25, 2009 at 9:44 am

  2. I also had much the same experience. I saw this gal and sat quietly in the sun watching, listening, and finally she decided to stop and pose. It was a nice experience.



    July 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

  3. Good catch Monte. These guys are hard to find sitting still.

    I like Earl’s counterpoint–movement sometimes keeps us fresh and alive 🙂


    July 26, 2009 at 6:30 am

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