Yellow-sided skimmer dragonfly (Libellula flavida), in Portsmouth, Virginia. This one posed calmly for me on a tomato stake in the kitchen garden.
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This post signifies the happy return of my camera, with a new aperture control unit and a thorough cleaning. It reminds me of the Tin Man after he was lubricated and buffed and polished in the Emerald City repair shop - all shiny and new.
The disorganized center of Tropical Storm Andrea is passing overhead now. So far we’ve had about 2 inches (5 cm) of welcome rain from the storm today. And after a dry week the sudden moisture is stimulating a synchronized emergence of fireflies - more at once than I have seen in many years. Pure summertime magic.
The photos above were taken after a rainstorm in 2009, and not previously published.
Common eastern firefly (Photinus pyralis), in Portsmouth, Virginia.
I’m thinking of beginning an occasional series on the little jangling things that have accumulated in my pockets at the end of each day. I’ve recently begun carrying this around, but only because it was my dad’s, and I do like the idea of a coin with a rooster on it. I’m a scientist after all; it holds no phylacteric significance to me.
Camera note: Repairs are complete, and my prodigal camera is making its way home. Fresh photos to resume soon!