Autumn 2020 – Part 29 – Love in the Afternoon – Jasper National Park

October 1, 2020

At our picnic spot, nature put on quite the display, before our very eyes. It would seem that we were right in the middle of a dragonfly love fest. They were buzzing all around as singles and joined couples, playing tag and gettin’ jiggy with it. From time to time, a dragonfly would touch the water surface and we assume that she was depositing the fertilized eggs into the lake. Meanwhile the tiny fish were looking on this event as a found food source.

Love in the Afternoon ©

Down by the lake shore, life slows way down,

watching dragonflies going to town.

Feeling their short time slipping away,

Making haste to lay their eggs this day,

while down below, fingerlings await,

looking on this as found food, that’s great.

Over it all, the warm sunshine spreads,

Calming our minds and soothing our heads.

I think this fly on my hat was in training for the Pence/Harris debate
Dragonfly, looking for love
Found it!
small fry
cruising
a bug made the mistake of landing here and is now in the small fry’s tummy. I thought the ripples were interesting
small fry looking for food
these dragonflies were flitting about like little helicopters

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

19 thoughts on “Autumn 2020 – Part 29 – Love in the Afternoon – Jasper National Park

    1. Too true. We only need but slow down long enough to see it. Thanks for reading and commenting guys. Looking forward to Saturday. Working furiously on the production. Allan

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  1. Nice pics. That is some of my favorite scenery. I love clearwater lakes and streams. Of course, I won’t deny that much of my observation never gets recorded with a camera because… well… there’s usually a fishing pole occupying my hand 😉

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    1. Lots of clearwater streams in Jasper. You fish and I photograph. I tried fishing once….and then I caught one….Now what? Thanks for reading Scott. Hope all is well and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Allan

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      1. That was my problem. I caught one… and then another… and another. Catch it and let it go so you can catch it again some day. I’ve been fishing all of my life. I’ve eaten many that I’ve caught and released way more than that. It’s just a lot of fun catching fish.
        Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too.

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      2. Excellent pastime, for sure, but I found it more stressful than relaxing. As to Thanksgiving, we had ours 6 weeks ago here in Canada, but we are celebrating my wife’s birthday, so that will be a fun time. Allan

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  2. Wildlife watching is an art because it requires creativity, enthusiasm, love for all living things and a lot of patience. There’s nothing better than sitting down among the the fir, spruce and pine trees and taking in the beauty of this world. Thanks for sharing and have a good day, Allan 🙂

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