Posted by: kathandroger | June 2, 2014

The Dragonfly.

IMG_2601IMG_2599Nature never ceases to amaze me. From the wonderful colours of our flowers, to the swooping of our swallows,the cacophony of the frogs,even the stubborn relentlessness of the weeds. But among my favourites has to be the dragonfly. What a remarkable feat of evolutionary engineering! He can fly forwards, hover, and even fly backwards. He appears in many different bright colours, often dazzling in the sunlight, and like the butterfly, he emerges from an ugly progenitor. His wings even have counterweights to aid his flying skills, and each of his four wings can work independently.

So I thought I had better make one! Using an old car exhaust for the body and tail, part of an old mattress for the thorax, a fuel tank from a moped for the head and an old copper float cut in half for the eyes. Wings were made from old garden fencing and legs from bits of building rod, and the counterweight in the wings from a stainless steel defunct toaster! I welded the beast to the huge iron handle of our wine press, but by now the whole lot weighed as much as I do, and so some help was needed to put him in place over the fish tank. Thank goodness for friendly visitors, all willing to lend a hand and suitably sad when the first erection ended with the head falling off and one eye landing in the pond-from the model that is, not the helpers!IMG_2611


Responses

  1. Marvellous!

  2. Marvellous indeed….
    it is the very rare Copperknickers mopedicus!!


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