Daily Prompt – Depth

The Depth of the Ocean

“What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow.
What are brief? today and tomorrow.
What are frail? spring blossoms and youth.
What are deep? the ocean and truth.”
Christina Rossetti

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Dragonfly or Damselfly? It’s all in the Details!

Dragonfly or Damselfly? It’s all in the details!

I love photographing dragonflies. Their delicate beauty attracts me, and they pose so well for the camera. They flutter by and then nicely perch on a branch or leaf awaiting their moment to ‘say cheese.’

While perusing my many ‘dragonfly’ photos, I started to notice slight differences in their appearance. After some research, I learned that all brightly colored, bug-eyed, skinny flying insects aren’t dragonflies…some are damselflies…and the difference is in the details.

Dragonflies have eyes that touch, stocky bodies, and dissimilar front and back wing pairs. When at rest, as in the picture below, their wings are open, horizontal, and downward.

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Damselflies have eyes that are separated, their bodies are long and slender, and their wings are similar in size. When damselflies are at rest, as in the picture below, their wings are held close together and perched straight above their abdomen.

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Check out the site below for more information on dragonflies and damselflies.

http://insects.about.com/od/identifyaninsect/a/dragonordamsel.htm

 

Discovery Challenge: Opening Line

Independence Day – Opening Line

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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