Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Why now?

It isn’t technically winter yet, but I haven’t seen a dragonfly or damselfly in the Pacific Northwest since the 5th of November (just over a month ago), which is a good enough reason for me to conclude that it is winter around here. It may seem like an odd time of year to start a blog about these insects—when you can’t just go outside and reasonably expect to see one, but it actually seems like a pretty good time to me.

I’m not busy right now looking for and photographing dragonflies and damselflies; I don’t have a backlog of specimens and photos to process and catalog; I’m not making updates to my web site at the moment. I guess I have a little more time to do it right now. Maybe writing an occasional blog post through the winter months will keep others interested until the warmer, sunnier days of spring when they might be able to go outside see some live examples (assuming the weather cooperates). Maybe it will keep my cerebral “dragonfly muscle” exercised through these dark days. Maybe it will just be fun.

Posts on this blog will be all about odonates—dragonflies and damselflies. Topics will range from the very general, which apply to the group as a whole, to particular species. When I write about particular species they will primarily be ones that occur in Oregon and Washington, but I will branch out on occasion and write about more exotic species when the mood strikes me. At any rate, welcome to my inaugural blog post and I hope you’ll be a regular reader.

Until my next post, here's some bright and cheery eye candy:
Symptrum pallipes (Striped Meadowhawk), Sprague River, Oregon, 25 July 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent blog, Jim! I have always been fascinated by Odonates, thanks for introducing the northwestern ones!