Just as I began my daily watering of my sun-baked lawn, a little visitor flitted by and after making a couple of circles, decided to stop for a drop of water - literally.
It has been abnormally hot and dry these last couple of weeks and the lawn is suffering from the effects. The shade tree was cut down exactly 11 months ago and the Sun mercilessly beats down upon the lawn.
When I leave in the morning, the ground is still wet and soft to walk on. But when I come home in the afternoon, it is parched and dusty, as if it had not seen moisture in months. It is refreshing to just sit out there every smoldering afternoon and hose down the area.
I have many little visitors after the watering is done. Favorites are the dragonflies. All sorts of sizes and colors. One in particular, is an iridescent blue and reflects the cobalt hue as it flies and darts about. The wings are bluish with black bands and it looks just like a tiny helicopter. Several smaller dragons come and go but they tend to stay right within the limits of my lawn for up to half an hour, some times longer. Big Blue stays the longest and has become familiar to me as I seem to have become to him. But today was the butterfly, so far... A typical swallowtail butterfly, common in Colorado. The colors are striking as they glint in the sun. The blue spots look like eyes and they appear to be built backwards... Like a huge creature looking back, but it is just an illusion to fool predators.
Meanwhile, a sip of water from the blades of grass, and then off to the sky again. The dragonflies will arrive soon... Like clockwork, at just after 8:00 PM, they show up by the numbers. One lone scout was sighted as I went back inside.
I would like to get a good shot of these guys too but they don't land. The dart back and forth on the hunt for mosquitoes and gnats, which watering the laws tends to stir up. But they are fun to watch, even if I can't get a good shot. They are very fast and as I understand, among the fastest flying insects. I can't dispute that at all.