One of my favorite memories of growing up in Atlanta is late summer nights in our wooded backyard with a crew of neighborhood kids, catching "lightening bugs" in mason jars. Every now and then a mean-spirited kid would squish one, just to see the glow smear across the ground (it actually does glow when you kill them, nuts.) Walking the dog a couple nights ago, I noticed the first fireflies of the season beneath the verdant cool of evening shade. Ooh la la. Summer is here. Another summer memory that makes me mentally float down a lazy river is that of dragonflies buzzing around our stone dock along Little River in Mentone, Alabama. The cool stone, often humid sky, and slowly moving mountain river hosted a number of small creatures, the most terrifying being snakes and huge spiders, and the friendliest being tiny fish and dragonflies. I don't know the scientific reason, but the colors of those dragonflies were vibrant and varied, my favorite being a periwinkle blue. As my mom taught me, they are the best bugs: they eat mosquitos.
Below are some design pieces inspired by my two favorite insects:
My fiance is staring at me to stop blogging. Must go! May your summer be filled with the best of pests.