The mountains fall silent for a while as the twenty-first century fails. Some unknown issue with the internet, phones and TV thrusts my back into a time when a face to face conversation was the only option. One man’s inconvenience is another man’s opportunity for tranquility. The angry sun hasn’t quite hit it’s full blaze and the morning is still cool enough to enjoy the break from most technology. I’m thankful for the fact that my digital camera works regardless of connection speed and set about the property lines in search of real life. Though alien to the Appalachian Mountains the Japanese Knotweed is thriving along my creek and the pollinators are having a field day! I think I must have every local species of bee and wasp teeming through the spiked flowers. As I move in to get a better look swift movement near the water catches my eye. A female ebony jewelwing sticks a perfect landing on the tip of a leaf. Ebony Jewelwings are damselflies but unlike most of the Odonata ( dragonflies and damselflies ) they have dark wings. The males have opaque wings and shiny metallic green or blue bodies and the female’s wings are smokey amber and they have darker colored bodies. The Jewelwing also has a tendency to keep its wings folded while at rest and occasionally flashes them. And that’s just what she done for us as the shutter snapped. Her translucent wings shimmer in the light with all the brilliance of a gemstone. The tips seem to hold four stars. One at each tip. I’m reminded of Biblical descriptions of seraphim that circle the throne of God and the world of mystery contained within their shimmering wings. The little Jewelwing is only still for a few moments before it takes to the sky in an aerial ballet and ventures upstream to a new destination. It’s dancing to a song that only the breeze can sing and only real life, ( that life not constrained to the flow of data) can hear.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.
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