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Darner #14: Right Place at the Right Time

July 5th, 2019 by Michael Dyet

Hmmm, a few moments too soon, a few too late, sometimes makes all the difference.

There are in the neighbourhood of 20 members of the Darner dragonfly family that can be found in this neck of the woods. I have been fortunate enough to identify 14 in my summer rambles. It is quite likely that some of the remaining 6 have crossed my path. Darners fly far more often than they perch, so many I see go buzzing by remain unidentified.

I may owe it to my wonky back that I added number 14 to the list this week. I could only manage an hour and a half on the hunt that day and had to forgo my usual off-trail, kicking through the long grass forays. Timing was such that I arrived at the right spot at the right time, on the semi-open woodland trail, to catch the Mottled Darner shown above perched on a tree trunk.

I knew quite quickly, by the incised and hooked thoracic stripe, that it was one I had not set eyes on before. Back home, nursing my sore back, I went searching through “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East” (a weighty tome too bulky to take into the field) and made the identification.

And so, this Mottled Darner became a random act of metaphor for the reality that timing is often everything in life. A few moments too soon, a few too late, and the moment of delight would have gone wanting.

Good reason to slow down and let life happen in its own time and be there to bear witness.

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  • 1 Adam James Jul 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    You need luck for right time and right place. Without luck its hard

  • 2 Michael Dyet Jul 9, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks for your comment!