Thursday 29 August 2013

Book-ended by beauty and... bored?

Technically, this should have been an Odonata Tensica post, but I've published one of those today already. And anyway, I've previously covered this particular topic. And... there's another reason too.

To task!

This morning I had a bit of a start on discovering a dragon hunting in the garden, well before the temperature had reached odo optimum.

This evening, I was summoned from the study/library/junk room, as another dragon had managed to locate the conservatory entrance, but not the exit.

She was another Southern Hawker, but wasn't the least bit interested in coming to hand.

Aeshna cyanea (female)
If you're reading this, Jeff from New Zealand, yes that it is the tablecloth you brought back from Belize several decades ago!

Persuading her to take flight from the leisurely linen by gently placing my hand under her thorax, she flew out of the open door and back to softer skies.

So my day was neatly book-ended by beautiful dragons. Huge sigh.

Huge sigh, Tense?

Oh yeah, other news!

This happened today, too.

We'll be moving some time in the near future, but don't know where yet.

Will our new abode still be called Tense Towers? Will the blog title have to change? Is it possible to transport a pond?

I don't have the answers to these questions yet, but I didn't want you to discover the news second-hand. Thought I'd better tell you myself.


biobabbler said...

Good luck to you and yours on your relocation adventure. =) Hope you find something lovely.

Beautiful odo. That green is fantastic.

Reminds me of a story re: insects & temps. Some moth guys were collecting in (I think) an inland, eastern valley in Calif. Some old dude there said there was a moth that came out at 27 F. Five degrees BELOW freezing. Bio dudes doubted this man. Doubted heavily.

Nevertheless, they went out w/the man in the evening, it got colder and colder, no moth. When it finally got down to 27F, this big ol' MOTH appeared, flitting about the place. They were dumbstruck. Apparently that moth didn't read books about moths and the temps they require. (pardon comment that is longer than your post)

Imperfect and Tense said...

Excellent story! It is always worth remembering that wildlife doesn't read the text books.

Tales of a Bank Vole said...

Ooooo! I can hardly wait - looking forward to all those cheap hols staying with bestest friends on Orkney. Well if you're going to move no point in messing about?

Martin said...

New word for the dictionary, Od-optimum possibly?

Maybe the move will result in fewer tense moments, although if it is less Oddy this is unlikely.. or your new abode may have a tower to fit the name. Whatever happens good luck with it.
New beginnings, new opportunities, capitalise on them and enjoy it rather than looking back with regret. I should probably remind you too that now is the time to do all those 'I'll go there one day' trips in your current locality before it is too late.

Imperfect and Tense said...

Good word!

Fewer tense moments? I doubt it. I was born tense and could tense for England. Anything else just wouldn't be me!

Still pondering on the blog name question...

Imperfect and Tense said...

Tony, you don't let the grass grow, do you?!

As soon as we've arranged for an Otter to pose dutifully at the bottom of the garden, we'll let you know.