English: Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator). F...

English: Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator).

28°C, crisp bright sun. CR:30miles

Emperor Dragonfly: strange fluttering near the kitchen sink earlier. Strange because I was sure the tap was off properly, then I saw it. A huge bejewelled pre-historic creature, caught up with its biplane wings on the window sill. Its body was decorated with malachite and metallic patches, then at the head- huge compound eyes. Huge and iridescent, the head had no space for anything else, the eyes were wrapped all round. It seemed wrong that a few pieces of cob-web hung from its tail.

I caught it in a sandwich box, the usual plastic cup was far too small. Within seconds, it was free. A magical encounter.

Cycling: only 30 miles, but I put the hammer down. Even so, I’m not as fit as I used to be- only 16.7 mph average. But still, it was fun & no real hay-fever until the evening. A very fine day.

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