Dragonfly

dragonfly, a female green darner.  9/2011
Dragonfly, female green darner - 9/2011

I spotted this dragonfly motionless on the sidewalk while walking with our dog.  I touched her to move her from being walked on and found that this dragonfly was still alive, but seemingly fading away.  She was clinging hard to the little pebbles of the sidewalk.  Gradually, I got her to let go and ride my finger to the grass.  From there she lifted off weakly onto the tree trunk in front of us.  This seemed a more fitting place for dying.  The green darners are the last dragonflies to be spotted in northern climates.

female green darner in the fall 2011

I love dragonflies.

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One thought on “Dragonfly

  1. What an incredible experience. That was such a nice act of compassion. So much better for it to die on a tree than the sidewalk.

    I love dragonflies too.

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