Dragonflies, Not Bats

A rare dragonfly show tonight.

They were huge.

They swooped high and low, and all around.

I stood with outstretched arms,

and they danced around me.

Thank you, Mother Nature.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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59 Responses to Dragonflies, Not Bats

  1. beetleypete says:

    I see dragonflies in small numbers over at the river, but have never seen them swarm like that before. It is fascinating, but I confess I find bats more appealing than insects. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      I had only seen the swarm one other time. At least dragonflies are like butterflies and not other insects. Bats creep me out. Best to you, Pete.

  2. Norah says:

    How awesome, Jennie. What a lot of dragonflies together. I wonder what caused the phenomena. Are they bigger than usual for over there? They look bigger than any I’ve seen here. What a beautiful clear blue sky. Mother Nature is amazing.

  3. FlowerAlley says:

    I loved this. I am sure it was magical.

  4. L. Marie says:

    Oh my word! I’ve never seen anything like that! Thank you for sharing!

    I keep seeing dragonflies. Or perhaps I’ve had repeat visits of a dragonfly. But lately whenever I get into my car, a dragonfly hovers around.

  5. swamiyesudas says:

    Beautiful indeed, my Dear Jen! (Psst: I Love Dragonflies!). Well captured, and Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  6. willedare says:

    Hurrah for the crystalline wonder of a dragonfly! I have been seeing a lot of them this summer in North Truro β€” both at our campsite and at the beach. I don’t think of them as being Atlantic Ocean beach-beings, but there are definitely mosquitos there for them to eat… Just read a different blog post about a butterfly with mostly see-through wings! Nature is astounding. Thank you for sharing this video and your wonder with the rest of us.

    • Jennie says:

      Nature really is a wonder. And dragonflies are some of the best. They are amazing this summer, something we haven’t seen in a long time. Thank you, Will. I always appreciate your wonderful words. πŸ™‚

  7. Luanne says:

    Tiny helicopters :)!

  8. So wonderful. I hope kids still get to experience this feeling.

  9. Dan Antion says:

    That was quite the show. I’m glad you thought to capture them, Jennie.

  10. they were protecting you

    • Jennie says:

      It felt that way. They were all over, yet never touched me. Now, if only I’d had your photography skills to truly capture the moment. πŸ™‚

      • thats nice of you to say Jennie but to be honest with this scenario I’m not sure I’d be able to get a shot?
        Off the top of my head what I would do is kill a bug,put it on the end of my left finger tip,turn myself so as to have the sun to my back,do this near sunset so as to have golden light & shoot with my right.
        I’d hoped that one would land on my finger.I’ve had a few land on me before as I’m sure you have.Putting the dead bug there might draw one in? I don’t know if it would work but I’d like to try!

      • Jennie says:

        That is so funny as to how you would have staged it, killing the bug. Singularity they will land on me, but not last night. Many thanks.

  11. ren says:

    Right place, right time. Fantastic indeed! Thank you for sharing…

  12. A lovely poem, Jennie. A fabulous experience for you. Dragonflies I would enjoy – I am not so sure about bats.

  13. Wow. I’ve never seen a dragonfly horde! Ha ha. What magic! Mother Nature is a wonder.

  14. Jennie, I’ve never seen anything quite like this. What an amazing moment. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs on the wing!

  15. WOW!!!! I have never seen that many at once. I’m lucky to see one in the summer. That’s quite the impressive show!! Thank you for sharing it.

  16. Opher says:

    Fabulous Jennie. Nature is so wonderful.

  17. dgkaye says:

    That was amazing!!! I’ve never seen so many together at once. Great capture! πŸ™‚

  18. Sarah says:

    How wonderful! I love dragonflies! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Jennie!

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