June Has Been Pride Month

For all our LBGTQ+ brothers and sisters. While we should celebrate their lives all year long, each year we especially dedicate the month of June to raising awareness of their lives and their struggles, and honoring their contributions. This has been a June like no other, but even in the midst COVID and all the other uncertainties, I hope that each person who identifies as LBGTQ+ has had someone say to them, “I’m glad you are who you are, and I am glad that I know you.” And my message to each of you is that you are loved.

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Posted for CitySonnet’s Photo a Day Challenge: June 30 – Goodbye June

Macro Monday

My telephoto wasn’t quite up to the task of capturing this utterly weird little guy full frame and clearly, but he is so amazingly unusual that I had to show him to you. There are a lot of these critters flitting and darting around the turtle/koi pond in the botanical gardens across the street, but they dart so quickly that I hadn’t previously been able to capture anything but a blur. Finally one alighted on a plant and stayed there long enough for me to manage a cropped, blurry photo.

Look at his crazy short front legs and long hind legs holding on to the stem of the plant. And his white eyes!! Those are what make him look like he came out of a science fiction movie.

I present to you…….. The Flame Skimmer, AKA The Firecracker Skimmer, technically known as a Libellula Saturata, a subspecies of dragonfly.

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This is a male Flame Skimmer. You can tell because he is a much more intense orange than his female counterpart would be. He is appropriately called a dragonfly. For extra points, what would the female be called?

She would be a   _ _ _ _ _ _fly.  (6 missing letters).    No fair looking it up. Just guess.

Need a clue? Think of fairy tales.

Send your answer via the comment section below.

Happy puzzling!

The Awakening

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     The Awakening of Bees


The bees came out with gladness this spring,

Perhaps relieved that this year

They did not emerge into noise

And the seemingly endless bustle of humans.


They could go about their business of flitting

And flying and gathering nectar

With their wings buzzing

A glorious prayer to God.


And then returning to their hive,

They issued reports of the world

To the others

And fed their queen.


“Oh, wonderful!” They hummed to each other.

“This spring. This particular spring,

When the traffic was stilled and the voices hushed

Is the spring we awakened to joy.”


~Hannah Keene

Posted for The Word of the Day Challenge – Awakening