A Lesson from a Dragonfly on the Art of Patience

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how a lack of travel had inspired feelings of restlessness and boredom with my life. However, in the weeks that followed, I’ve definitely become much better at finding the time to get up, get out, and stay active.

Owing to car troubles, his college schedule, and a tight budget on both sides, we haven’t been out of state in a few months. Still, this hasn’t stopped us from discovering a few hidden gems we had never explored before.

This time, we visited Constitution Lakes, where we were met by lush forestry, beautiful walkways, vast areas of swampland, eerie artwork along the hiking trail, and a dragonfly with a lesson to share.

In the Beginning

The head of the trail didn’t seem very promising, but as we often do, we started the hike without checking any maps, and crossed our fingers.

Luckily, taking the risk did not go unrewarded this time. After about a mile or so of hiking, we came to a walkway and bridges overlooking the swampland, which was oddly beautiful in its own way.

The Unbeaten Path

After the walkways, a more rugged trail began that – truth be told – wasn’t very well kept. Nevertheless, its unkempt quality only made it that much more challenging and fun to wander through.

Eerie Artwork

As we continued along the path, we realised we were not alone, and that eerie little characters and plastic limbs were strung along the trail as artwork.

It was a curious addition, and one both Michael and I doubted were any good for the natural environment, but they were intriguing anyway.

Crossing Swamps

After passing the eclectic collection of artwork, we came across a narrower bridge that went directly across the swamps. All the others had only skirted the banks, and feeling up for a challenge, and the opportunity for great photos, we decided to cross it.

The walkway took us deep into the woods – so deep, that after a mile or so, there was nothing new to see.

The Lesson in Patience

As we walked back, I looked at the beautiful dragonflies all around me, and lamented that I would never get to photograph one.

“They’re the holy grail of photography,” I told Michael. “They’re so beautiful, but so fast. I don’t think I could ever catch one.”

“You just need to have patience,” Michael encouraged me, though he had never tried it before, himself.

I wasn’t so sure, so I decided to take shots of the model who willingly posed for me, instead.

Constitution Lakes Grasshopper Cricket

When I showed no keen interest in trying very hard, Michael decided to give it a whirl.

He’s pretty handy with a camera, but if he wasn’t willing to spend ten minutes rolling around on the hot walkway, in the middle of the swamp, we wouldn’t have these blue beauties to share.

It’s amazing what you can achieve in life when you couple determination with patience. Remember this as you go through the rest of the week. 

Don’t miss out on claiming your holy grail, like I did.

42 Comments Add yours

  1. LeTaraWrites says:

    You certainly inspired me with this post! Beautiful photos! And I agree that artwork was creepy.

    1. Yea, the artwork was really creepy, but glad I could inspire you!

  2. Great piece as usual! I enjoyed this.

    1. Thank you!

  3. Looks like a nice peaceful day. Awesome dragon fly.

    1. It was. Only the gnats came out to bother us, and the friendly dragonfly.

  4. Hello. I nominated you for the daily quote challenge.:-)

    1. Hi, thanks for the nomination. I always appreciate that. Truly! But I never participate in those anymore. Send me a link though and I’ll go by and like and comment to show my support. Thanks again!

  5. A really chilled out read, it makes me want to go walking along the coastline and cliff-tops. Have you ever been to England? The scenery and wildlife is beautiful. Marc

    1. Hi Marc. I haven’t been to England actually, but I would love to visit. I’m sure it’s beautiful. I want to visit southern Europe as well.

  6. That artwork was pretty creepy haha….I couldn’t imagine my reaction if I was on a hike and saw that lol! The dragonfly photos are beautiful; I love them too and also think they can be stunning :)!

    1. Yes, we were wondering what was going on. No offence to the artist, but we at first thought it was garbage from the swamp or something. Very strange art, for sure.

      The dragonflies were beautiful! I think the ones in Jamaica have more vibrant colours though.

      1. I bet!! I even notice a difference between the North Carolina and New England ones…maybe those warmer climates house much prettier ones 🙂

      2. Yes, I think you’re right. The tropics are known for producing vibrant colours in nature, for both plants and animals.

      3. It is amazing how they flourish. I tend to be a bit squeamish with the exotics that like to sting or bite haha…but they are definitely more beautiful!

      4. Do dragonflies sting or bite? Never heard that before, but I could be wrong!

      5. No not dragonflies just some of the types of creatures that live in the tropics lol….sorry for the confusion 🙂

      6. Oh, that makes sense. Understood. 🙂

  7. Just go to show you can find interesting things close to home. Louise

    1. Yes, we all sure can. Thanks Louise!

  8. sargondorsai says:

    Those are some gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I love seeing these trips.

    1. Thank you! We had a blast. We also went to a man made beach this weekend, but unfortunately I didn’t bring the camera or my phone. Didn’t seem safe!

  9. bklynboy59 says:

    I agree the art work was eerie…but the adventure was worth it thought yes?

    1. Indeed. Never had an adventure that wasn’t !

      1. bklynboy59 says:

        Nice !!!!

  10. The photos look just serene and inviting.

    1. It was. Thanks. 🙂

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