My first letter to Autumn

I’ve sent her  cards before, but today was the first day I ever wrote my eight year old niece a letter.   I also sent her two pictures in 8×10 of some dragonflies that I took pictures of, she loves dragonflies.  I never realized how beautiful they are until I started photographing them for her.   I also sent her this cool story of the dragonfly, which I so love.   Makes me think of us.   How we try to tell our friends or family to give us a sign after they leave of what is beyond.   I think maybe we will be much like the dragonfly in that respect.

 

  

Dragonflies

 

 

Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in awhile one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.

“Look!” said one of the water bugs to another. “one of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think she is going?” Up, up, up it slowly went….Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited but it didn’t return…

“That’s funny!” said one water bug to another. “Wasn’t she happy here?” asked a second… “Where do you suppose she went?” wondered a third. No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together. “I have an idea”. “The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why.”
“We promise”, they said solemnly.

One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up, he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above.

When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn’t believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings…The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body.

He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly!!

Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by the new dragonfly lighted happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before.

The dragonfly remembered the promise: “the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why.” Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water…

“I can’t return!” he said in dismay. “At least, I tried. But I can’t keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I’ll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they’ll understand what has happened to me, and where I went.”

And the dragonfly winged off happily into it’s wonderful new world of sun and air…….

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~ by deveil on JuneUTCb000000pmThu, 05 Jun 2008 20:23:58 +000008 19, 2007.

8 Responses to “My first letter to Autumn”

  1. Such beautiful photos! And I love the sweet story. Reminds me of “Hope for the Flowers” a must-read for anyone who is young at heart, and hopeful…

  2. FYI:

    http://www.hopefortheflowers.com/

    http://www.amazon.com/Hope-Flowers-Trina-Paulus/dp/0809117541

  3. The photographs are simply beautiful. The colours are amazing and I love the story too. Your niece will be over the moon with these.

  4. Very thoughtful such tranquil imagery! very nice 🙂

  5. Very beautiful photos to go with a beautiful story. What a great Uncle you are!

  6. Wow, great closeups!

  7. I had to do a little surfing to find your blog URL. I haven’t visited blogs in so long! I hope you’re well. I see you’re still taking beautiful pictures like the ones above. Take Care, Josh

  8. What a pair of STUNNING pictures. They almost look like they have faces. It’s just incredible. Great job!

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