1. 1.
    traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
    "the peripatetic nature of military life"
    synonyms:nomadic, itinerant, traveling, wandering, roving, roaming, migrant,migratory, unsettled
    "I could never get used to her peripatetic lifestyle"
  2. 2.
  1. 1.
    a person who travels from place to place.
  2. 2.
    an Aristotelian philosopher.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hic Sunt Dracones: Pulling Dragons from the Ground and the Air

Rhionaeschna multicolor (Blue-eyed Darner)
If you're feeling blue now that summer is almost over--if you're in Florida, you should be kicking up your heels to a lively tune--stare into the blue eyes of a darner dragonfly. They are sure to make you smile. And if that doesn't work, then take SAM's advice and listen to the song by Corb Lund in the video below. Here be dragons--in the ground, in the air. Here be dragons everywhere. Okay, so maybe my paltry attempt at poetry falls flat on its face like a map of the world. Here Be Dragons, a poem that I came across while looking up the term, stands on its own as a model of great poetry.

Hic Sunt Dracones. Before they knew exactly what was just over the horizon, before explorers could bring home the good news of gold and other rich stuff in them thar hills, cartographers would warn of possible dangers in uncharted regions of the world. (Pointing) Here, here, and here be dragons. There, there, and there you can expect to travel safely--or at least without fear of encountering dragons. These days I think I'd rather take my chances with dragons than visit certain spots on the globe. Alberta (where the video was filmed) might be a good place to visit. At least the natives look and sound friendly. "Power to the People." Yeah.


  1. That song was fun!

    On your question, we have not found any caves and we hope we don't! Them and sinkholes would not be good. There is a stream on the property that flows both underground and above ground. Perhaps it is flowing thru the limestone somehow. It bears investigating! Hope you and SAM are doing well!

  2. Fun stuff! That dragonfly is amazing. I need to show my grandson. He'll enjoy seeing it. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  3. Neat! I've been a lover of dragon flies ever since I learned they eat tons of mosquitoes...;)

  4. Tina, caves would be interesting to explore but not interesting to find beneath a possible building site. I hope your property is cave-free.

    I'm glad you liked it, Karen. Thanks for stopping by.

    TB, I've always been a fan of dragonflies. Their appetite for mosquitoes is just icing on the cake for me.

  5. Dear Walk2write,
    I love that song! Didn't know Corb Lund - it pleases me so much that I will see what Amazon offers.
    The blue-eyed dragonfly: so cute!
    (In one Moomin-book is the story of 'The Last Dragon' - a wonderful example of jealousy and friendship. I was a bit miffed when I found out that the English Moomin books are sometimes shortened - as if children were not able to understand some things - I found out that children take what they understand, learn, and then some months later another aspect is interesting for them. So: power to the author!)

  6. This has been a really good summer for dragonflies in my garden. I have a small goldfish pond and I can find them there most days. I love photographing them and just watching them. Wonderful critters!

  7. Country Western oil rig music? That is a new genre to me - very upbeat song!

  8. Britta, Mr. Lund is new to me too. SAM found the video and shared it with some work associates. He shares by e-mail. I tend to spread the word more widely. Thanks again for the tip on the Moomin books.

    Hello, Ms. Dorothy! I'm glad you stopped by, and I see you're a new follower. Thank you! I hope we can visit each other regularly.

    Sarah, the genre is new to me also. I wasn't too sure I liked it at first, but it kinda grows on you. As you said, it has a lot of energy, in more ways than one.

  9. Beautiful dragonfly! I love the old maps with dragons and sea monsters around the "edge" of the world. It took some brave souls to explore that uncharted territory--I'm not brave enough to travel to certain parts of the world, either.

    Thanks for the link to the poem--I liked it!

  10. Thanks Walk2write, great tune. I used to be a big fan of country and western music. I'll be rummaging on Youtube
    later for anything else I can find from Mr Lund.

  11. Rose, and to think I'm wary of getting on an airplane these days. Imagine what it was like in the good ol' days of sailing ships and no meteorologists to warn you about impending hurricanes or icebergs just over the horizon. I'm glad you liked the poem. I think it's pretty special.

    Well, Mr. Graeme, a warm welcome to you, and I'm glad you liked the music. I hope Mr. Lund gets "noticed." He and his band definitely have some talent. I can't say that I'm a big fan of C&W music, at least the stuff coming out of Nashville, but the Canadian style is delightfully different.