Every culture through time has observed and been captivated by these nimble, sparkling insects. Mythology of fairies must surely have origins with the dragonfly.
Peter van Dokkum, a Yale Astronomy Professor and dedicated insect photographer blends art and science together in his beautiful mini-coffee table book. Combining his own observations and photographs with anatomy and life cycle information, he deepens the level of understanding about these creatures in a way that doesn’t sound like a dry textbook or field guide. Dragonflies is a pleasure to read, contemplate and refer back too.
As a fellow dragonfly photographer and artist, I appreciate the time and skill it took for Dokkum to amass his photo collection. Images of dragonflies in flight, egg laying and eating were of particular interest and admiration.
Knowing my fondness for the creatures, my husband purchased Dragonflies for me as a surprise. And what a delight it is!