6.27.2010

Slow Love Moment: Dragonfly

There are moments when I see something so breathtaking that I feel as though a veil has been pulled back and I've been allowed a glimpse into...a parallel universe? One inhabited by gossamer beings? Heaven? Or perhaps it is in my own heart that the curtain of fog I live behind is momentarily swept aside, and I catch a glimpse of the everyday miraculous. Some things are so fleeting in their movements, and so stunning, not only in their hues but in their focused purposefulness, that I feel as though I'm not meant to be watching them. It is private. And the idea that we are endangering the existence of the creatures with which we share our world--and who do not have the power humankind does, though they may have the last laugh--is beyond heart-breaking.

11 comments:

Claire said...

This post is beautiful! I'm glad I found you!

Cxx

SweetRetreat said...

Dragonflies are not only beautiful, but loyal. At our wilderness cottage on the lake, I have saved many from the water (they cannot swim). My reward - when out canoeing or swimming they sweep by me head picking off those pesky black, deer and horse flies, allowing me to enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet.

Anonymous said...

I cry when I read this. and more... do we know that the very same insecticide that is so widely sprayed to kill mosquito, also does away with it's predator - the lovely dragonfly! what kind of sense does that make??

Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave said...

Thank you for this--I just shot & loaded photographs that I consider gifts of vision. I'm not very popular with some of the neighbors--but there is no spray in my yard, I even plant extra for my annual tiny rabbits.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliannefuchsmusgrave/sets/72157624244371989/

Claudia / Adeeni said...

Thank you Dominique for the reminder of taking a moment. Simply beautiful! And a smile to SweetRetreat.

Cheers,

Claudia

Flo said...

...and all the way down here in North Florida, we too have been watching the "purposefulness" of a "gossamer being" in the form of a hummingbird who has stationed himself motionlessly on a tiny twig, and for a few days running he has sat there, waiting. Is he unwell? Is he thirsty; what does he need, how can I help? This is my first sighting ever of a hummingbird sitting on a twig [a twig which might be better described as being more like a feather]. Lo, out of nowhere this tiny bird fiercely attacked a group of much larger birds that had done something he didn't like in a nearby leafy branch. Ah, what else but Love could possibly be behind something as improbable as this? We quickly deduced there must be a nest in the leafy branch, so off to an internet search. Even more improbable than the idea of a tiny hummingbird attacking three giants is the miracle of a hummingbird nest measuring one and one half inches, with a pair of miniscule eggs inside; and a mighty sentry [seemingly smaller than a dragonfly] guarding it all while perched on a nearby feather. Bliss.

mary said...

Yes, I marvel and cry all at once. God created such immense beauty and perfection.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

I was moved by your devotion to finding such beauty in a creature that most would never give a second glance to.
For those of us dedicated to cherishing Nature and the beauty that is set before us, it is heart warming to know there is another individual sharing the same respect...
Susan

Valerie said...

I would love to read what you might write about the conversation I listened to this morning between Krista Tippet and Arthur Zajonc. You can download or find the podcast here:

http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/2010/holding-life-consciously/

Zajonc is Andrew W. Mellon professor of Physics at Amherst College and director of the Academic Program of the Center for Contemplative Mind. His books include Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love.

Sarah said...

We thought this was so lovely that we posted it on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/practicallygreen, with this,
"Our good friend and naturalist green advisor Dominique Browning just sent a delightful summer appreciation riff on the Everyday Miraculous. Hope you like it too...."

AND hope more and more people will discover YOU and your inspiring sensibility & wisdom!
xoxo Sarah for www.PracticallyGreen.com

Anonymous said...

Oh I love this Blog. I've read all of your books and try to keep up with your busy life...it's fun to do and I wish you well in your new home in Rhode Island.