Dragonflies

Dragonflies spotted around the area of Reelfoot Lake, Lake County, Tennessee.

The dragon-fly is dancing,—
      Is on the water glancing,
      She flits about with nimble wing,
      The flickering, fluttering, restless thing.
Besotted chafers all admire
      Her light-blue, gauze-like, neat attire;
      They laud her blue complexion,
      And think her shape perfection…
~Heinrich Heine, “Die Libelle” (The Dragonfly)

Living among the duckweed

Some of the flora and fauna living around the duckweed at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”  ~David Attenborough