The spinach bed which didn’t sprout before, which I re-seeded, has finally consented to grow. We also added some eggplant (for the first time) and romaine lettuce seeds to our garden beds.
The electric blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum
) prefer warmer, sunnier spots with plenty of places to land – fencing, brush piles and tall weeds. They congregate in small groups, bobbing and weaving in the sun. But they are just as wary as dragonflies. They would let me get close with my camera, but only from behind.
Finally a little rain. It’s been a week, and my watering arm is getting tired. Pre-dawn cars pass the bedroom window, ripping through puddles like sheets of paper. It’s a little cooler than yesterday, and more humid.
A few days ago, again while picking dandelions (a task which will never end, so I do my best to enjoy it), I discovered a dragonfly resting in the grass. He was in no hurry to leave, so I got my camera and took a few pictures.
The next day, almost in the same spot, I found another, larger one. I didn’t notice until I looked at my pictures afterward that his right eye appears to be dented. Does anyone know if dragonflies can recover from this sort of an injury?
I like to think they like this spot. It’s cool and shady in the morning, on the north side of the house, and fairly well protected from wind. I wonder what else they might like?
The obvious thing, of course, would be a pond. We have a couple of small wetlands in the park behind us, but we have very little control over how they’re managed, and, frankly, they’re too muddy for me to really enjoy up close (or, rather, I don’t have the waders to make it enjoyable).
Jenny’s been bugging me (no pun intended) to add a pond to our yard, and I’ve resisted, mostly because I didn’t want to have to run electricity out into the yard to run pumps and filters and such. So I poked around a little on the web, and found an excellent site
that describes exactly the kind of pond I’d like to have.