• The Pondering of an Artist

Nature’s Curiosities…

Updated: Aug 8, 2021


I recently added some additions to our pond. 4 goldfish gifted to me, they have brought a calmness and balance to my world. I have taken time to stop and observe, watching them explore, sleep and feed. I‘ve added Ramshorn snails and have noticed many Water Boatman. Another curiosity I noticed was a strange looking creature that poked it‘s tail out of the water one sunny afternoon. “Oh no, there’s a baby crayfish in our pond. How did that get there and what do we do with it?” After chatting with a very knowledgable neighbour, I discovered that I’d mistaken the dragonfly larvae for a crayfish, a very curious thing indeed. This sparked my interest to investigate more, having seen many beautiful dragonfly this year, one having to be rescued from the kitchen after clattering around the window looking for an escape route. He was large, very blue, with transparent wings, He was glad of a gentle helping hand as he landed on my hand and was guided in the right direction.

After becoming a member of The British Dragonfly Society, I have discovered that Dragonflies spend much of their time under water as nymphs or larvae. There are 52 species that have been recorded in England. They are mostly active in dry and warm weather, which is why I‘ve seen many exploring the garden when the sun is shining. They can also fly at an impressive 45 mph. Dragonflies have been around for approximately 300 million years. I think I may have identified my kitchen intruder as a male, Emperor dragonfly, which are common in garden ponds.

The word dragonfly has its source in myth and that dragonflies were once dragons. The dragonfly represents change and an awareness of self realisation, gaining an understanding of the deeper meaning of life. The dragonfly lives most of it‘s life underwater before it emerges, sprouts it‘s wings and fly's, even if it is just for a fraction of it‘s life, not more than a few months, it teaches us to live in the moment, to be free and to embrace life. Observing nature means living in the ‘now’, taking in your environment and asking yourself, “where are you?” And “what are you doing?” The opportunity to make informed choices and to contemplate what you want to create in your life. The dragonfly lives it‘s best life, regardless of what is going on in the outside world, to him that is of no consequence. He lives in the moment and pondering on this, I believe that like the dragonfly, we evolve and transform.

The dragonfly has taught me that we all go through a metamorphosis. Observing nature can show that things aren’t always what they seem. The crayfish was actually a nymph that transforms into a beautiful and magnificent flying machine. Getting into nature raises our energy to bring peace, balance, positivity and a sense of calm.