Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Still Life


A beautiful dragonfly, sadly deceased. I lifted it out of the pond this afternoon.

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It did give me a chance to have a close look at its beauty, the shadows from the sunlight falling on it translucent wings

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gave it another dimension.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Still Life

  1. They are beautiful — and useful, too. They’ve been feasting on the mosquitoes that emerged here after our long days of rain — living the dragonflies’ version of the good life. Given their short life span, and the number of creatures determined to eat them, it’s wonderful that you were able to find this one and have a little photo session to share some of those gorgeous details.

  2. A very patient sitter for a still life.

  3. It is a beautiful, but rather bittersweet, experience to see such lovely detail on a large insect close at hand, when the essence of life has gone. I’m guessing that the end was very recent to your finding as the colours are still vivid. She looks to be a Southern Hawker, a dragonfly of woodland pools, which are, consequently, often seen around garden ponds. She might even be ‘home grown’ or was visiting your pond to lay her eggs. If the latter, keep a watch out in two years’ time for newly-emerged adults (unless the hens find them first). As adults, dragonflies can live for several months, but more likely just a few weeks.

  4. beautiful pictures – especially the one showing the detail of the wing!

  5. Wonderful pictures of a fascinating insect. I occasionally see dragonflies flying around the allotments. xx

  6. So delicate and beautiful

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