Collectif Creativity: 1Sep2022

by Milo Smith

A great joy of summer is getting out in the warmth and enjoying the many facets of nature.  Mill Pond is a good place to get (mostly pretty) flying insects as they go about the business of reproducing.  I got these images in late May, and early July.

#1 shows a pair of Northern Bluet damselflies taking care of business. 

Northern Bluet Damselflies Making Whoopee.

#2 is a very colourful female Boreal damselfly dining on her victim. 

Boreal or Northiern Bluet Damselfy Female with Prey.

#3 shows a male Halloween Pennant dragonfly typically perched on a piece of vegetation.

Male Halloween Pennant.

#4 is a not so common male Twelve Spotted Skimmer dragonfly. 

Twelve Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly. Male.

#5 shows the same Skimmer highly enlarged.

Twelve Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly. Male. Detail

#6 shows a greatly enlarged male Blue Dasher dragonfly. 

Blue Dasher Male.

Finally, #7 shows a not so pretty but very patient female Stenacron Shadfly perched on my pantleg. 

Mayfly at Betty’s Resto. Female Subimago Stenacron Interpunctatum. No common name or Light Cahill.

Chasing insects is a great way of spending an hour or two in the sun.

So many ways to be creative! Collectif members, share your impulses! Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Share how/if creativity affects (controls?) your life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for all images.  

Writers – we really want to hear from you too! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Please try to include an illustration of some sort. 

Share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


  1. What gorgeous colours and markings…when we were kids, for some reason, we used to believe if a dragon fly landed on you, it was coming to sew up your lips…Where that idea came from is beyond me…tho’ probably from an older sibling!Great photos!Sent from Samsung tablet


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