June 21st, 2007

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Done (and storm)

The book went off in the mail yesterday morning.  Hurray, hurray!

I had planned to spend today relaxing with the camera.  This was foiled by sleeping late, then a bout of migraine visual aura (like the worst flashy-loud design you ever saw on a website--bright scintillating angles in shiny silver-gilt with black), then a (not horrible yet) migraine which I thought was receding...so I got up to go out with camera, only to find a rumbling thunderstorm outside. 

So there's rejoicing but also frustration.  I wanted to be well!  energetic!  bouncy! and most of all OUTSIDE today, taking pictures of dragonflies and butterflies and beetles and snails and whatever else I could find...and instead I'm facing another dive under the table to unplug everything.  

However...the book is gone, the book is gone, the book is gone at last.  I'm sure my agent, and then my editor, will find flaws...but I don't have to think about that today.  The book can't get to NYC until tomorrow.   And my agent has jury duty, so he won't start reading it until the weekend, at the earliest. 

I suppose I should start housecleaning now......(yeah, right, with a migraine pressing on the sinuses and a thunderstorm outside...SURE the woman who hates housecleaning will start housecleaning now...I SO don't think that will happen.)

No, I think back into the bed may be a good idea for a few hours.   After maybe some chicken soup for lunch.  Comfort...that's the ticket.  Sheer lazy self-indulgence.

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Discovery time

A late afternoon walk down to the creek revealed another new species for the place--a male American Rubyspot.  American Rubyspots are Broad-winged Damselflies--they hold their wings like "normal" damsels, but they have wider wings and may not have pterostigmata (though the American Rubyspot usually does, in this area.)

What I noticed was a small "dragonfly" (flying more strongly than most damsels, as well as larger) and the vivid red of the head and thorax., with some kind of color on the wings.  Then it perched and I saw that half the wing length was red.   Since to photograph it I had to balance on a tiny ridge of gravel just underwater, in the stream, and the light was fading and the wind was blowing...the pictures aren't perfect.  But this is a "lifer" for me, and a new species for the place, so the less-than-perfect images don't bother me.  Much.  

The head and thorax were brilliant metallic red, and the red on the wings was a rich crimson.  The abdomen is metallic green with those little whitish "rings", as if it were a green twig.   The insect was flicking its wings a little open then snapping them shut (note blur at upper edge as the wind blew the plant it was perched on.   The light was open shade, late in the day. 

I'm hoping for good light tomorrow or the next day, so I can catch this fellow in sunlight (maybe)--I'll be toting my bigger lens and the monopod.   And probably the rubber boots so I can stand in the creek without teetering on loose rocks.