I REALLY like dragonflies! I haven't always been partial to them. Until about 11 years ago I didn't give them much thought at all. Then, I met Jamie. I worked with her and one day she casually mentioned that she liked dragonflies. For Christmas I bought her a dragonfly hair clip. Before I could give it to her she mysteriously disappeared. She's fine of course, she just quite her job and relocated. Anyway, I kept the clip in a box for several months. When I finally admitted to myself that I wasn't going to be seeing her again anytime soon, I opened the box and used the clip myself. I really liked it. My affinity for the hair clip made me start to notice dragonflies more. They are amazing creatures! Their wings alone are so intricate that you could just ponder them for hours and when you look really closely at their eyes, there is some kind of grid pattern on them made up of all these tiny little sections. Each kind of dragonfly is completely different. The tail end on one may look like crinkled paper while on another it resembles dolphin skin, soft and easily scratched but still incredibly smooth. Their little faces are adorable, I must say. Some have what looks like a nose and if you watch them really closely you may see their mouths open and close. They truly are awe inspiring creatures. God is astonishingly creative!
Anyway, today was the opening reception of an art show at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Surprise, AZ. I have a piece in the show. Of course, I can't go to the Arboretum and not walk around taking pictures! It is incredible there. Here are a few of my favorite dragonfly pictures from this morning's trip. Enjoy! Oh, by the way, the show runs until Sept. 30th. If you get a chance, check it out and let me know what you think. I'd also like to say a special "Thank you" to all my wonderful friends and family members who made the trip out there this morning to share this experience with me. You are fantastic and I had a wonderful time! And now, with no further ado, I give you Dragonflies!