A Year on Clear Lake-Jun 5, 2013

Signs of Summer — June 5, 2013

Dragonflies are incredible creatures that thrive in warm weather. They spend most of their lives as larva, sometimes as long as three years, but only months as the winged insects we recognize.  They are also predators during all stages of their lives, and quite accomplished ones, at that. As larva they eat other dragonfly larvae, mosquito larvae, tadpoles and even small fish. As adults they eat flying insects, especially mosquitoes and other flies. Dragonflies also eat aphids, smaller dragonflies, damselflies, and anything else they can grab. They are even known to take down a hummingbird. Don’t underestimate these delicate looking creatures. Learn more about them in this article – 21 facts about dragonflies.

Nothing says summer like a sunflower. I couldn’t resist this solitary bloom by the water’s edge. And the juvenile yellow-crown night heron was present by the marina. He still seems a bit lost, or at least overwhelmed by this new world.

Green Thought: I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.— e.e. cummings