Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #297

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #297.

Common Blue Damselfly

Damselflies and dragonflies were flying 300 million years ago!

Today there are approximately 5,300 known species in the world.

Their front and back wings move separately so they can stop and change direction in mid air as well as flying at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour.

They have huge eyes; each made up of thousands of tiny eyes packed together. They are capable of detecting movement up to 15m away.

They are very successful hunters with bristly front legs to catch their victims and large mouth parts to crunch them up. The insect order they belong to is known as Odonata which means ‘toothed jaw’.

Although, the Damselfly is talented enough to tuck their wings onto their back, they are not skilled enough to be able to walk.  That’s right, this particular insect has no problem landing but they are incapable of walking due to the position of their legs. In reality though, why would you walk when you can fly? If I had wings, I wouldn’t even bother landing!

Work within your God given limitations along with your gifts on your journey †††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #297

Common Blue Damselfly

Damselflies and dragonflies were flying 300 million years ago!

Today there are approximately 5,300 known species in the world.

Their front and back wings move separately so they can stop and change direction in mid air as well as flying at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour.

They have huge eyes; each made up of thousands of tiny eyes packed together. They are capable of detecting movement up to 15m away.

They are very successful hunters with bristly front legs to catch their victims and large mouth parts to crunch them up. The insect order they belong to is known as Odonata which means ‘toothed jaw’.

Although, the Damselfly is talented enough to tuck their wings onto their back, they are not skilled enough to be able to walk.  That’s right, this particular insect has no problem landing but they are incapable of walking due to the position of their legs. In reality though, why would you walk when you can fly? If I had wings, I wouldn’t even bother landing!

Work within your God given limitations along with your gifts on your journey †††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #290

I won’t apologize for once again posting a damselfly. These little creatures keep on landing in my path and quite frankly, I am learning a lot about them. I have been researching and there are people that have gotten almost compulsive in finding and photographing damsels and dragon flies.  Right now they are offering themselves to me and I have bought a 2″ thick book so that I can understand and identify. I mostly look at the photos. Is is becoming a real puzzle to put together. But it’s almost fun, OK it is fun. But like anything else getting out into nature and watching it live is worth a lot of words in a book. Life should not be a spectator sport.

This little (1 & 1/2 inch) specimen kept landing on this Mesquite bloom. We were by a small seep spring pond and he would flit off for 30 seconds or so and then come right back to the same bloom. I could not see it at the time but when I was looking at the images checking for focus, I found he was devouring mosquitoes. There is a lot of wonder out there!

“Our hearts begin to beat faster, our

blood flows quicker and our adrenaline

spikes when we encounter nature in its

raw form. When we are put in a place

where we see our insignificance in the

grand scheme of things, our hearts

jump. We sense something bigger than

our meetings, our business proposals

and our work in the office; something

bigger than us. These encounters serve

to remind us that we may not be the re-

volving point around which the universe

orbits after all. Something happens in

these moments of transcendence that

is, dare I say, spiritual.”

©Creative theology…..Sam Mahlstadt

Watch for the wonder of the Maker on your journey††††††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #287

DREAMING WITH THE BLUE DAMSELFLY!!!

I know, I have been posting a lot of dragon & damsel flies lately. I guess that is because God has been offering them up to me. I am beginning to feel like Kevin Costner from the movie “Dragonfly”. If you haven’t seen it  here is a link to help you out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259288/plotsummary . It is a good, if a little sappy story, and a worthwhile waste of time.

I sometimes struggle to post images that hopefully will have people hit the “like” button. I somehow wrongly translate  that into they like me. And I realize that I am falling into an old trap of trying to make photographs for someone else. I started this blog 287 days ago as a means to recapture my passion for photography. Did you read this last sentence “MY PASSION”. I find myself all too often trying to gauge my happiness and success by how many people “like” my photo of da day. That is the dipstick that caused my passion to drop to the “add oil” level. Trying to please, if not all, at least as many people as I can.

This Damselfly proceeded to make me look at myself. We’ve had a lot of rain recently and consequently the high desert has a lot of flowers. I followed this guy around a field for almost 30 minutes. I kept wanting him to land on a nice bloom. His desire over and over again was to land on some of the barest areas he could find. All of a sudden it was like this bug understands himself a lot more than I do. Follow your heart. He did not want his beauty diminished by sharing the spotlight with a colorful bloom.

Work hard to follow your heart on your journeynade te turbejim

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #283

Finding safety in the thorns!

I found this khaki colored damselfly seeking shelter from the wind in the protection of a rolled leaf of the New Mexico thistle. Trick is to avoid the thorns.

I was somehow hearing Bod Seger wailing his great words from “Against the Wind”

And the years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded bv strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home
And I guess I lost my way
There were oh so many roads
I was living to run and running to live
Never worried about paying or even how much I owed
Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time
Breaking all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searchin’
Searching for shelter again and again
Against the wind
A little something against the wind
I found myself seeking shelter against the wind

Well those drifters days are past me now
I’ve got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out

Against the wind
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
Well I’m older now and still
Against the wind.

You can only run so far against the wind on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #256

We have this  section of our regular walking route that has a year round spring fed “pond” (it is more like an exaggerated puddle). It almost always holds a little surprise along with the coolness from the dampness.

I sat by a small section of it to unwrap my daily gift. I found this small (about 1″ in length) unidentified Damselfly. I list “her”, there are male damsel flies, but let’s not talk about the manhood issues of being a guy damselfly. Anyhow I have “it” listed as unidentified because the world gets complicated. I found several websites dedicated to nothing but dragonflies & damselflies. There are people that get so in to these little creatures. They point out that what you think in one species is another because if you look at segment S5 there is a small spur that points off to the moon and the left antenna is 1cm shorter than the right.

Heck I just thought it was a gift and just said thank you Father.

Be pleased and happy with what all you are given on your journey†††nada te turbe†††††††††jim