Dragons and Dragonflies

The unread pile of books is still sitting unread.  I was lucky enough to pick up a hefty stack of  ex-library books at a couple of dollars each, all of which were titles I have been wanting to read.  Among them was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and two sequels.  Seeing a title with “Dragon” in it reminded me of one of my two all time favourite reads, the Earthsea series of (six) books by Ursula K. Le Guin.  I happen to have brought them to Katanning with me, along with my rice paper edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy,  and a beautifully bound and boxed Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.   Nostalgia rules, so I have started reading A Wizard of  Earthsea again.  I don’t know what it is about this series, in particular the first and third books, that I love so much, but they give me a very special feeling.

Speaking of Dragons, at lunch today I noticed a stranger in the aquarium.  A dragonfly nymph.  It must have grown quite a lot in the tank, because if it had been as big as it is now when I caught it (as I must have) at Marribank, I would have noticed it.  It is larger than the smaller fish I caught, and being a fierce predator, I expect it will have one of them soon, if it hasn’t already.  I shall have to count them tonight, if I can.

I shall be standing by with a camera in hopes of a spectacular hunting shot.


About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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