Chapter VII - Nature
VII-01: Dragonfly, to see Mother-Source present in all things.
VII-02 : Sacred trees of our woods and orchards.
VII-03 : Our brothers animals and another way of life.
VII-04: Splendor of microcosm, or matter is composed by fractal structures at all his levels.
VII-05: If I tell you that there are witches and elephants in the sky...the splendor of macrocosm.
VII-06: See with the eye of the heart - Great paintings.
Part 1 : To see the Mother-Source present in all things
"Salvation of Humans" is a site that wakes up your imagination. (Ampéwi Nunpa)
Page created on January 14, 2003. And translated by Jorge Da Costa .
French version. Version en Castellano
present in all things.
The page of the Eternal Children
Free your soul from the conditioning of all powers.
The purest marvels are just before our eyes
in the most humble things and beings.
Let's learn together how to see them.
In these times of confusion where the values of the industrial society have filled the hearts with the longing for the products of the ubiquitous advertisements, and where - as a result of this pervert conditioning - humans place their desires in consuming and their ambitions in possessing, since their early childhood. And I am really sad to observe that nowadays youth's main interests in life are television and video games: in other words they live in a virtual world that cuts them from the reality and their own imagination.
I have chance to be born poor and to grow up in the countryside, and I can assure you that the lack of television and its games didn't deprive us at all.
We had a very beautiful childhood spending our free time in the woods and running through the fields, going from wonder to wonder, discovering the most simple things, like those we can find in nature when the look and the spirit are available.
Observing small birds, plants, and insects - more common than the large wild animals - filled our hearts with admiration and made us aware of the sense of the Sacred, that spontaneously gushes out from the contemplation of Beauty and the complexity of Life.
In order to share this look with you, I've chosen one single subject, which is an abundant insect anywhere there is water :
Here illustrated by MC Marin
Where to see them ?
The dragonfly is an insect of the Odonates family.
And they have very close relatives : the damselflies. The damselfly have two pairs of wings of the same size and fly slower. There are about 4900 species of dragonflies and damselflies on earth. The largest one lived at the Carboniferous period and it's wings were 60cm (~24 inches) wingspan.
Where to see them ? easy answer : you can see them anywhere where there is calm water, except during winter !wNext time you go on vacation, don't forget to take a pair binoculars with you, or even a camera equipped for micro-photography; Then you just have to find a nice pond, like the one above. There are a lot, except in deserts and extreme climates. It's the most beautiful habitat of the dragonfly and its cousin, the damselfly.
and if you see some of them landed on flowers, like the one below,
do not deduce that it is gathering nectar!
because the dragonfly is a fearsome carnivore, an eagle at its scale !
What do dragonflies have that is so special ?
This insect is really worth while we linger over it... a mass of characteristics distinguish it from others, making it a very efficient flying predator. Lets talk about its wings: very broad, they can move independently one from another... This muscular control makes that the dragonfly can fly backwards, sideways, or forward at the top speed of 54 km/h (~33.6 mph)... and instantly stop dead. Their wing flappings range from 20 to 90 per second, which is a huge advantage when hunting.
The dragonfly's Wings: you can observe the fineness and the complexity of the veins above the anterior and below the posterior wings.
Insects' wings are carried by the thoracic longitudinal body segments 2 and 3 (respectively the mesothorax and the metathorax). They are missing in the young ones, the nymphas (where sometimes they exist but without being functional).
They are made of 2 cuticular layers assembled and supported by a group of nerves. The main ones contain tracheas, hemolymph and nerve cells.
At the moment of the imaginal molt, wings are soft and crumpled. Then nerves are quickly filled up with hemolymph which allows to spread the wings before the cuticle hardens.
As for the legs or the buccal system, the wings show off a very developped specialization that leads to great differences in their form and use. Thus, the aptitude for the fast and long-term flight goes with an identical developpement of the wings.
If you were an insect, you would be terribly afraid of dragonflies !
And if it flied towards you, here is how would look this stunning Nature's Supercopter.
The head is a masterpiece of complexity: placed on a "vertical" neck, it's used like a gyroscope in order to keep the insect in an optimum position for flight, informing it about it's vertical position. This is possible because of sensorial hair placed at the base of the neck. These hairs inform then the wing's muscles to take back the insect to an horizontal position.
Who are the Dragonfly's Predators?
Above all : Humans who destroy its environnement. Half of the Earth's humid zones are lost by the fault of humans, who directly destroy them with their own pollution: we are not able to estimate the number of insect species that have become extincted or affected by the use of insecticides, and/or the deterioration of the soil and water.
Otherwise, dragonflies often end up their lives as shown on the picture above: a bad situation for the insect, but good for the bird.
Show us dragonflies !
Yes, but did you know that its eyes are made of 30,000 facets that allow it to detect and track down its preys very easily... and then break the prey's shell with its rock-solid mandibles.
Admire the perfect wings transparency of this one !
And this great harmony of colors!
Its Grace and Airiness!
wAnd the unbelievable position of its wings that allows the dragonfly any possible acrobatics!
w And this one's Shimmering!
xThis one is not a real one, it's just to make you laugh.
x This one symbolize the harmony of Crystal and Scarlet!
wLook at the Power of this litte body of light!
Aren't they more beautiful than this techno-dragonfly ?
or than this "Man Dragonfly" - Photos by Michel Pilon - Montréal (Canada)
" Man will never equal a simple dragonfly ! "
states Alice in the Wonderful Garden.
One reader's reaction:"Wonderful page! What a magnific apologia of the Nature! I immediately sent it to my 2 kids to show them what I had so much difficulties to explain them each time I turned off the television" . Hansi. - Do the same!
Everything in the nature is as somptuous as the famous dolphins,
even a single blade of grass: you just need to know how to observe it.
Photo F. Gilboux
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