Joy of dragonflies (and damselflies) is in the hunt (San Francisco Chronicle)

Excerpt from an article that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 6, 2017. Note: When your editor asks if you want to go chase dragonflies in Lake County, you say yes. 

In a typical tale of dragons and damsels, a valiant knight hunts and slays his foe and rescues the damsel, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Standing at the edge of Anderson Marsh, where the summer trails disappear into standing water, I can tell my quest is going to have a different ending: no dragons, no damsels, no happily ever after.

What I’m really looking for on the southern tip of Clear Lake are dragons and damsels of a different sort: dragonflies and damselflies. Stalking dragonflies is a hobby some call “oding,” from the name of their taxonomic order, Odonata. Sometimes compared to birding, oding is often picked up by birders because they already possess the tools of the trade: binoculars, the ability to spot small flying objects, and the love of the hunt — even a failed one.

Read the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle

Photo courtesy of Greg Kareofelas.

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