Monday, 12 May 2008


One of the books on my shopping list is the guide to dragonflies of Australia that was published a year or so ago- there is a gap on my bookshelf and in my knowledge that needs to be filled. But then I'll need to find a way of making them sit still long enough to be identified!

My camera isn't anywhere near up to the task, but this fellow, a Bluehawk Dragonfly I think, sat in my garden long enough to be photographed. I'm struck anew by the complexities of an insect's wing. It's remarkable to think that the frame and the transparent membrane on the wing is so efficient. And the little drops of water are quite beautiful in close-up.

I wonder if I could sneak $50 out of 'housekeeping' to pay for that book this week.

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