I slept in a tiny bit today and got up around 6:45 am. The weather was lovely: breezy and about 55° when I first went out and then up to about 81° by the afternoon. I took Sergeant Margie over to the Historic City Cemetery for our walk, and we were there for about 2 hours. I got a few photos of flowers and some of the Striped Cucumber Beetles (Acalymma vittatum) that seem to be in abundance in the cemetery this time of year. My favorite encounter of the morning, though, was with a large Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius). She was hanging from the leaves of a hydrangea, warming up in the early morning sun. Because it was still cool outside, she was kind of torpid, and let me urge her up into my hand and onto the end of my thumb. I could have stayed there all day looking at her… but the dog wouldn’t stand for that. Hah! So we continued our walk and eventually headed back to the car.
My dragonfly and damselfly article has appeared on the Lake County News website today, along with several of my photos. Woo-hoo! I’ll let you know if it comes out in hard copy as well.