15 August 2019, The Tablet

Glimpses of Eden

Glimpses of Eden

I’ve been waiting almost three years for this moment. It all began one September afternoon back in 2016, when sitting at the garden pond, I was surprised by an apparition of green and blue. A southern hawker dragonfly had landed on a nearby log and was laying her eggs. A few weeks later, these eggs must have hatched and their tiny, tadpole-like “prolarva” wriggled their way into the pond, because by Christmas I saw them in their aquatic nymph form, skulking in the waterweed.

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