Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Today's gift:

We got home from school and Mr. B's football game and the sun still shone low on the horizon.  Almost eighty degrees, low humidity, no wind.  I stood for a moment to appreciate the perfection of the weather and the light glowing across the lawn, through the trees, when a steady, spiraling sort of movement caught my eye.

At least 50 dragonflies swooped and swerved, feasting on some new hatching of insect.  Like sun dust, the air was full of tiny specks.  If I focused on one, floating midair for a few seconds, I was rewarded by the sight of a dragonfly snatching it into its mouth. 

The bug buffet hovered softly, like gentle snow, illuminated by the sun's last rays of the day. The dragonflies zipped in every direction, turning on a dime to snap at the bugs.  I lay on my back to enjoy this amazing display and was rewarded by the scene drawing close enough that I could hear the buzz of the dragonfly wings beating and count each segment of their bodies as they passed over me, a mere foot or two from my face.

© 2014 Melissa Westemeier All Rights Reserved 


  1. Your words here are my gift today. Thank you.

  2. Dragonflies are beautiful predators

  3. Beautiful. Being able to observe non-threatening nature is a blessing.

  4. So, so beautiful.
    I will never forget 4 years ago on Grace's 1st birthday our yard was completely overtaken with hundreds of dragonflies. I have NEVER seen anything like it. We had a big group of family over and it was all we could all talk about. It was amazing. It felt like a fairyland. So good.

    Wonderful writing!

  5. You should enter this somewhere where people submit spectacular writing. This is so beautifully written. Beyond lovely. Thank you.


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