Posts Tagged ‘Animalia’


Murray sent me a terrific group of Dragonfly photos.  They were taken on Thursday and should have made the FAB FOTO FRIDAY post but as you can see, there was no Friday post.  SO today I’m posting the photos AND writing about the many characteristics and principles associated with this beautiful winged insect.

dragonfly, Central park

Beautiful Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Maturity and a Depth of character
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.

dragonfly, Central Park

Brown Hawker Dragonfly

Power and Poise
The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity.
The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.

The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects. The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is?

blue dasher dragonfly, Central Park

Poised to Perfection

Defeat of Self Created Illusions
The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.

This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

2 blue dasher dragonflies, Central Park

Not An Illusion-Two Blue Dashers

Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment
The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.

This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.

Brown Hawker dragonfly

In the Moment

The opening of one’s eyes
The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.

Here’s Looking At You Kid

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

Text from Wikipedia



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I wonder how many of my readers have ever seen a Cormorant?  This is one big black bird, with an impressive wing span and a hooked beak.  This is NOT your ordinary backyard-feeder bird.  And in fact this is NOT your average lake/pond denizen;  no cute cuddly duckling, no elegant and graceful swan, no brilliantly-colored wood duck – THIS IS A CORMORANT.  Murray, Pbenjay’s official photographer described this photo-op like this: ” Sometimes everything magically comes together… I have always wanted to get a good photo of a Cormorant… their azure jewel eye, and rich black feathers made such a wonderful subject.  Yet they were too far, the sun too bright which made the feathers look light gray or the background just wrong.  But sometimes everything magically comes together…like today.  The moment serendipitous…and in this case dramatic.  The subject amazingly beautiful…. The subject casually poses in a variety of ways…The distance is right… The background is right…The light is right.”

Central Park sailboat pond, Murray Head/, cormorant

“I Have Arrived!”

Central Pond, duck, duckling, cormorant

“Shoo, I Want To Get On There”

cormorant, duck, duckling,

“I said ‘Move It’, Kid”


“Yeahhh That’s More Like It”

cormorant, Murray Head

“Check It Out “

cormorant, Murray Head

“I Heard What You Said”


“Paul Newman Has Nothing On Me”


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It’s been a hot and buggy summer, I mean hot and muggy!  Well actually, it was a little buggy too.  Murray with his macro lens in hand, gave us some very up close and personal photos of bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and a veritable bouquet of buds, blooms and blossoms.  Through his eyes and the eye of the camera, we saw the hair (?) on the legs of the black wasp, the pollen sacs of a bee and the lacy lines nature etched on the wings of a fly and butterflies.

Recently Murray visited Central Park and got some great shots of a turtle and a water lilly.

Central Park, turtle, lilly pad

"Ah, here I am "


"Mmmm pretty but a bit slippery"


"Just another day at the beach for me"


Where did he go?


"Here I am"

Photos courtesy of Murray Head


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I received this photo after I had already posted the other Fab Fotos taken today featuring some amazing macro lens close-ups of bees and wasps going about their business in Central Park.

This unusual picture of a wasp and spider deserves its own special place on the blog and since it didn’t make it into FAB FOTO FRIDAY, it’s now the solo star of Sunday’s Spectacular Shots.

spider, wasp

The Tale of the Spider and the Wasp

Photo by Murray Head

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