Red Dragonfly

What thought comes to your mind when you see a dragonfly?

For me, I instantly remember my childhood days. When my brother and I would spend hours playing under the sun at our grandma’s garden. One clear memory stands out: it was a windy afternoon and we were playing on the slide, and there was a bunch of green and yellow dragonflies swarming us. We had a contest as to who would catch (and immediately release) was the most dragonflies. A simple game that left an imprint on my heart.

Years went by and I hardly saw any dragonflies anymore. Over the last five years I’ve only seen them a handful of times – during a treeplanting activity at Caliraya, Laguna; when we went to Puerto Azul, Cavite, a few weeks ago at our yard. And then this week – something bright that was flying almost hit me on the face. I ducked because I thought it was a hornet. And then it gently landed on the plant in front of me. I held my breath. And I was mesmerized as I think this is the second time I’ve seen something like this in my whole life.

It was a red dragonfly.

5 comments

  1. Gorgeous! We have those here….we are blessed to have many dragonflies here of so many different colours! Crazy! I was on a long walk in the woods the other day and I saw one that was bright yellow with black stripes like a tiger! The wings were gossamer gold/yellow with the same black markings. WILD! They are so lovely and magical! There was a stream I used to float in and sit on rocks by its banks that was just loaded with dragonflies. They would land on You if You sat very still. A few at a time somedays. SOOOO happy You saw this! May You see many more!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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