The season of the sun continues and the days are hot by the little highland delta. Throughout the marsh the heat has drawn out the blue dragons that hover and dart above the reeds. But these dragons are not reptiles that breath fire. Instead they are tiny living gemstones with lacy wings. They go above the water with their compound eyes bringing the whole world in focus. He is on the hunt for the mosquitoes as they dip into the water to lay their eggs. His keen eyes see the most insignificant changes in the angle of the sun and they have revealed a shadow lurking in the willow. And the hunter becomes the hunted. Immediately the tiny wings shift and straight line flown by the tiny dragon becomes an S pattern as he dives for the reeds. The dark hunter bolts from willow owning the sky as a shark owns the waves of sea. The sharp beak snaps as the tiny dragon shifts his flight pattern once more narrowly escaping the dark predator who turns on a dime to continue pursuit above the marsh. There’s another snap of the beak and the very tip of the tiny dragon’s wing is caught. Adrenaline surges through his body as he struggles to free himself from the vise-like grip of the bird’s beak. But it’s no use. He’s caught and his heart sinks as he prepares to give into fate. As the bird changes course back his perch in the shade of the willow he attempts to better his grip on the wing and the tiny dragon finds himself falling into marsh with bird diving to recover his his fumbled prize. With renewed vigor the tiny wings buzz to life and the tiny dragon is airborne once more. The bird just manages to pull out of the dive before hitting the water and when he looks up he sees the blue gemstone like body of the dragonfly disappear among the reeds. The bird circles a few times but he’s an experienced hunter and knows that he’s been bested. The Red-winged Blackbird returns to his perch in the willow and the photographer who witnessed the drama raises his lens and captures the image.
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