A Little Dragonfly Friend
Special friendships are sometimes found in the least likeliest of places!
- A Surprising Introduction
- Amazingly, He Welcomed Me Into His World
- A Welcome, Return Visit
- A Bitter-Sweet Good-Bye
A Surprising Introduction
I’ve had one of the most unique and heartwarming experiences of my entire life, and so I just had to share it with you. The other day I was outdoors on our deck with my Nikon camera shooting photos of some of my flowers when something that was moving, caught my eye. I turned and looked, to see a little Dragonfly perched on the top of one of our Hummingbird feeders. Thinking that he would probably just fly away, something told me to try filming him. So . . . I tiptoed over to the feeder, and slowly aimed the camera lens about six inches away from his tiny face. While doing this, I spoke to him in a soft, gentle voice tone.
Amazingly, He Welcomed Me Into His World
Much to my total amazement and delight, he didn’t move. Not only did he not move, but he turned his tiny head from side-to-side as though listening to my every word. He also opened his tiny mouth as if attempting to talk back to me! Yes! This tiny creature was not only attentive to my every word, but seemed to be doing everything in his power to interact with me! Was I shocked? Oh yes. Was I enjoying this newfound experience? Most definitely!
Elated over this first time experience, I could hardly wait to upload the video. So, I went inside and uploaded it. When I turned in my chair to look outside, the little Dragonfly was still sitting in the same spot; it was as if he was waiting for me to return. I hadn’t been completely satisfied with the first video, so I decided to return onto the deck and try again. Once again, I tiptoed up to him slowly, hit the “record” button, and began speaking gently and softly to him. Once again, the little Dragonfly turned his tiny head from side to side and opened his little mouth as if attempting to carry on a conversation with me. I have never seen anything like this!
A Welcome, Return Visit
A few days later, (five to be exact) my husband was out on our deck shooting photos, when he called to me to join him. There, perched on top of the free-standing Hummingbird feeder, was the same little Dragonfly! (His colors and size were exactly the same as before.)
I told my husband, Ralph, that I was going to try to coax the little Dragonfly to sit on my finger. I leaned over and began speaking to the Little Dragonfly just like before. He again, seemed to be trying to interact with me. Most amazingly of all, he let me pet the underside of one of his wings! This was just too amazing to be true! I literally felt my heart swell with excitement and joy! What a once in a lifetime privilege this had to be!
While I stood there speaking to the Dragonfly, three times he rose into the air and flew in a tiny circle, then perched back down onto the feeder. I’m pretty perceptive and my intuition was telling me that he was trying to play with me. (I’d always wished I could fly, but this time my wish was for an entirely different reason.)
Low and behold! Before long, this tiny little guy perched on the tip of my finger. He even let me move my finger approximately four inches from my face while I spoke to him in a soft, gentle voice tone. Finally, he flew away.
A Bitter-Sweet Good-Bye
I felt very saddened by his departure, for I don’t know if I will be fortunate enough to ever see him again. You see, these adorable little creatures live as fully developed, adult Dragonflies for only three weeks.
I have to say, that in his brief little lifetime, he made one grandmother feel very, very special!
(Copyright 2012 by JC Eberhart)
(You can find this friendly encounter if you go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLLY-jnBayI (video by Draggunfli)
(Many fascinating Dragonfly Facts can be found by going to: