It’s been another week for mother nature in the garden:
We’ve had a very humid August. Yesterday there were thunderstorms north of us. Most of the region has been getting storms for weeks now.
When we first arrived there was a lemon tree and 2 half dead bushes. Now with so much growing and being watered it’s starting to become it’s own little ecosystem.
I thought originally my Sunday photo this week would be of the little frog I found in the hanging basket. He surprised me as I was watering one morning, and when the water had subsided he jumped back in.
There’s something special about dragonflies. My mother always gets them stopping to rest on her washing line but it’s the first time I’ve seen one here. He was resting on a bamboo cane while I was watering yesterday.
Having decided on the photo I realised that I knew nothing about dragonflies. Firstly of course there had to be a Greek connection. They come from a family of insects called Odonata from the Greek οδόντoς (odontos) meaning teeth, though they don’t have any. Secondly the name Dragonfly comes from the myth that they were once dragons.
There is a strong sense of symbolism from different cultures and traditions when it comes to the dragonfly. These are most relevant to us right now We’ve been reminded this week how precious life is and how lucky we are.
Living in the Moment:
The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months.
This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living in the moment and living life to the fullest.
By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis. This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.
The dragonfly can be iridescent showing itself in different colours depending on the angle of light. This is seen as the end of self created illusions and a view into the realities of life.
The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of your own abilities by showing your real self and removing the doubts you cast on your own sense of identity.
Joy and New Light:
In Japanese culture dragonflies represent joy and new light. When you see a dragonfly, enjoy its presence and be content knowing it represents good things.
Prosperity, Harmony, and Good Luck:
In China, people associate the dragonfly with prosperity, harmony and as a good luck charm.
Last week was a hungry caterpillar and this week a dragonfly I wonder what creatures we’ll find next week? I haven’t seen any snakes or scorpions yet this year.
My husband is now thinking we should have a pond in the garden to attract more wildlife. Have you created one? Any tips you can think of for caring for one in the Mediterranean?
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