08 October 2012
You know how dragonflies usually zip away when you come too close? This one did fly away, but it kept coming back, and then it stayed.
I don't know why it stuck around for so long. I'd just pruned back the lavender where it was perched - maybe it was soaking up lavender essence. What a lovely thought. Or maybe it was just tired. Or dreaming.
But the amazing thing was to see a dragonfly tongue at work! Have you ever seen one? It was very tiny, and nearly transparent, and edged with black - much like its wings. Tired or not, that tongue was busy, and fast!
I'd never thought about a dragonfly tongue before.
It reminded me how many amazing things there are in this world that I might never notice.
When I do notice something as perfectly wonderful as the engineering of a dragonfly tongue, I'm reminded once again how the artist's job is to render the unseen and make it visible in a meaningful way.
So I'd best pay attention. There is extraordinary design everywhere.
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