Monday, January 10, 2011

(2011.JAN.10) - Dragonfly Dreams

Today's messenger came in the form of a visual, rather than physical presence. I came across the images of dragonflies taken while on a visit to Warm Creek in the summer of 2009.

I enjoy chasing dragonflies, and I find them among the most challenging of insects to photograph. Before photography, I never really paid attention to the wide diversity of colors and body types among dragonflies.

Now, as for the "message"; the past couple of days, I have been in a state of consternation, since the discovery that a few of my images have been "borrowed" by someone I know well. We shoot together quite often, so I think that I must have emailed them to her, and they got mixed up with her photos from the same outings. My filing system would never allow such a mistake to happen, but apparently, my system is not universal.

I'm 98% certain that this is an accidental borrowing, and not particularly important, given that those few images are not among my best. Are, in fact, somewhere on the lower fringe of mediocre. It's just .... unsettling, in a way.

An accident like that can't really happen again, since these days, I only email images with my watermark on them, and in December, began including my signature on finished works.

So .... do I mention these ... accidents?
Or simply hush and hope there isn't anything malicious in the intent.

As a creature of the wind, the dragonlfy totem represents change. It's iridescent wings are incredibly sensitive to the slightest breeze, and so we are reminded to heed where the proverbial wind blows - lest we run into stormy weather.

Dragonflies are also creatures of the water, and any creature whose habitat is in, or around water carries symbolism relative the the subconscious, or "dreaming" mind and thoughts.

This is because in the animal world, water is symbolic of the subconscious mind ("deeper mind," "dreaming mind") and relates to the thoughts we have in relaxed/meditative/sleeping/subconscious states

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