Every day I gaze out on our front yard—specifically at our society garlic plants—hoping to see a dragonfly. But it’s been at least a month since one of my flying favorites has hung out. There.
Apparently, I needed to widen my view!
Last Saturday as I was pulling out of the garage in my Honda Pilot, I looked at the Mercury Villager sitting forlornly in the driveway, missing its former driver, my older son. As I slowly drove by it, I suddenly stopped and said, “Look at that!” To which my younger son, who was in the passenger seat, responded, “You know the window’s been broken for years, right?”
That wasn’t what had caught my eye. Instead, I had seen a dragonfly clinging to the minivan’s antenna in the face of a brisk wind. My #2 son and I were on our way to meet the Mister for lunch, and we already were a little late. So, of course, I stopped the car, ran inside, and grabbed my camera. I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity!
I snapped a few pics with the Nikon 70-200mm lens and then reluctantly drove off. When I returned home about an hour later, guess who still was hanging around grooving on that antenna? I hustled inside and added the Nikon 1.7x teleconverter to the 70-200 so I could get closer to the dragonfly without physically getting in its face.
After taking a bunch of photos, I bid the d-fly a fond farewell and went inside. Later when I checked the antenna from the kitchen window, it was minus its winged visitor. I doubt that I’ll ever drive past the old minivan again without checking its antenna for an occupant.
You never know what will attract a dragonfly!