Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: A photograph to inspire poetry: Hello, little dragonfly

Hello, little dragonfly

Above is a photograph of a dragonfly.  As stated in the introduction to this post series, there were supposed to be four photographs to inspire poetry, related to dragonflies.

Originally, the intention was to find four dragonflies and take their photographs.  This proved to be far more difficult than anticipated.

While there are an abundance of dragonflies where M. Sakran lives, they didn’t seem to want to have their pictures taken.  They flew to fast and too far away.  Some would get close – and then dart off.

About three hours were spent, and not one good photograph was taken.  It was a lot of struggle and frustration.  There were dozens of out of range dragonflies, lots of near shots, lots of blurry shots and lots of almost shots.  It was a bit much.  (The one dragonfly that was still enough to have appeared in a photograph on this blog previously (May 28, 2015 post), and made it seem like this would be easy, seemed to be the exception, not the rule.)

After all of this, there was the idea, to take four photographs, not of dragonflies, but of things related to them.  While this did seem a little bit like a cop out, given all of the struggle and frustration it seemed like a good idea.

Then this little dragonfly came along.  It came and stood still.  It didn’t move.  It didn’t fly away.  It was there for about a minute.  It was a little out of reach, but is was there.  It was a wonderful little dragonfly.

After this dragonfly was found (and the celebration concluded), pictures of it were taken, and those pictures were reviewed, a decision was made to use four different photographs of this one dragonfly for this post series.  Given the difficulty in photographing these little creatures, this seemed the best option.

The first photograph is in this post.  The next three are in the next three posts.

These are four separate photographs of the same creature.  The angles and distance are a little different in each one.  Even though they are the same creature, they are still four different photographs.

Hopefully these photographs will be enjoyed, both for themselves, as well as for the effort it took to get them.

Here is a poem inspired by this photograph:

Hello, little dragonfly

Hello, little dragonfly,
you are so nice to see,
because unlike your brethren,
you didn’t flee.

Hello, little dragonfly,
you bring with you such joy,
because unlike your brethren,
with emotions you didn’t toy.

Hello, little dragonfly,
thank you for stopping by,
because unlike your brethren,
you didn’t make a poet cry.

Hello, little dragonfly.

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