|A black? one that accidently found his way into the teachers office.|
Here in Germany they are so hard and rare to find, at least around the area where I live,....so...during the last weeks, I tried to catch some of them on photos, again and again, but that's so hard to do, uff. They are simply too fast for me. And everytime that I tried to make a photo...other people around me were like "What's she doing there? Ah, she's just trying to photograph another Tonbo, how cute..."
|One of the many red ones.|
As far as I know, they usually in areas with a lot of water, like rivers, lakes, or well, rice fields.
And Wikipedia told that they are a seasonal symbol for late summer/ early fall there in Japan. Why did no one tell me that there?! Oh wait, it's just the common dragonflies....
|A blue striped one at the shore of a lake.|
"More generally, in Japan dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku. The love for dragonflies is reflected in the fact that there are traditional names for almost all of the 200 species of dragonflies found in and around Japan. Japanese children catch large dragonflies as a game, using a hair with a small pebble tied to each end, which they throw into the air. The dragonfly mistakes the pebbles for prey, gets tangled in the hair, and is dragged to the ground by the weight." Wiki - Dragonfly
Well, I didn't see them anywhere in the traditional arts that I saw, nor did I hear any Haikus (the written one's I can't read). Nor did I see any of the children in the kindergarten try to catch them! I think this is a sign that such parts of the culture already started to dissapear.
|A black one, with black wings!|
|A blue and yellow one in flight. (That's why it's so blurry.)|
And once again, they are....fast!!
Still, I only managed to make a video once, when watching a rice field getting harvested, but I think it gives an idea on how fast they are, and how blurry you see them if they don't happen to make a short break to sit down...So...try to pay attention to the moving, blurry spots!
Who knows, maybe one day there will be this many in Germany again, too.....