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5 Things to See in Connecticut Woodlands

Living near woods gives ample opportunity for capturing wild things in photographs.

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Living here my whole life has offered many opportunity to observe the most beautiful creatures in this neck of the woods while at the same time taking them for granted.

The past few weeks since August has slowly crept away and the air is turning cooler, I've been doing more sightseeing in Connecticut woodlands. Capturing these moments on camera has been an eye-opener!

A dragonfly hangs on to a garden stake

A dragonfly hangs on to a garden stake

This dragonfly found something tasty among the weeds

This dragonfly found something tasty among the weeds

1. Dragonflies

Dragonflies are good for the environment. They eat mosquitoes and other harmful insects. The larvae of a dragonfly are aquatic.

At times, dragonflies can be seen flying high in the air or low around flowering shrubs such as a butterfly bush.

There are over 5,500 species of dragonflies around the world.

It may not be possible to catch a dragonfly though unless they come to rest near you because they have an average fast speed in excess of 20 miles per hour, as well as casual cruising speeds of 10 miles per hour.

These giant dragonflies look like mini helicopters high in the sky

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Hawk species in Connecticut.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Northern Goshawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

2. Hawks

There are 8 species of Hawks native to Connecticut.

Hawks are birds of prey.

Attributes:

  • Strong hooked beaks
  • Muscular legs
  • Powerful talons
  • Sharp Eyesight

They feed on small animals, insects, and fish.

A hawk flying in my yard near the woods.

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A common red-tail hawk can travel speeds up to 40 miles per hour. However, a hawk can dive for prey at 120 miles per hour.

Soaring high in the sky hunting for prey

Soaring high in the sky hunting for prey

3. Mushrooms

In 2012, Fox News reported that a Connecticut family was saved from an experimental drug after eating poisonous amanita bisporigera also known as the destroying angel mushrooms picked from their yard.

The family members were treated with fluids, a charcoal solution, and a drug called N-Acetylcysteine. All but one family member improved over the course of the treatment. The remaining family member whose liver function tests worsened, was given a trial drug called sibilin that had not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The patient showed significant improvements from the drug still in trial stages.

Sibilin blocks toxins before they reach liver cells. It is used in Europe.

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Mushrooms growing in the woods near my home.

Mushrooms growing in the woods near my home.

Photographs from Bluff Point State Park, Groton, Connecticut.

Unidentified floral type, rubbery growth in woodlands.

Unidentified floral type, rubbery growth in woodlands.

Fool's Funnel Found on forest floor.

Fool's Funnel Found on forest floor.

Cecilia's Ringless Amanita Species Found under a spider web.

Cecilia's Ringless Amanita Species Found under a spider web.

Blusher species.  Found on the woodlands floor.

Blusher species. Found on the woodlands floor.

Unidentified growth on the woodlands floor.

Unidentified growth on the woodlands floor.

This particular mushroom came in several shades ranging from green, gray, purple to red.  Unidentified species.

This particular mushroom came in several shades ranging from green, gray, purple to red. Unidentified species.

Pear-shaped Puffball

Pear-shaped Puffball

Blushing Bracket Species. An old tree branch fallen on the woodlands floor.

Blushing Bracket Species. An old tree branch fallen on the woodlands floor.

Blushing Bracket Species

Blushing Bracket Species

There are just shy of 100 species of fungus in Connecticut. This includes other types of molds and fungus commonly found rotting away old fallen trees.


Common mushroom species found in Connecticut woodlands.

Aborted Entoloma

Coker's Amanita

Green-cracking Russula

Platterful Mushroom

Tawny Grisette

Artist's Conk

Corrugated Cap Psathyrella

Hairy Rubber Cup

Poison Pigskin Puffball

Tinder Polypore

Bear's Head Tooth Mushroom

Corrugated Cortinarius

Hard Agrocybe

Prettymouth Puffball

Turkey Tail

Birch Polypore

Crimson Waxy Cap

Hemlock Varnish Shelf

Ravenel's Stinkhorn

Two-colored Bolete

Black Trumpet

Crown-tipped Coral Fungus

Hexagonal-pored Polypore

Red Chanterelle

Violet-grey Bolete

Black-staining Polypore

Dryad's Saddle or Pheasant's Back

Honey Mushroom

Rigid Tooth

Viscid Violet Cort

Blackfoot Polypore

Flame-colored Chanterelle

Jack-o'-Lantern

Scarlet Waxcap

Voluminous Latex Milky or Weeping Milk Cap

Cantharellus Minor

Flat Crep

Mossy Maple Polypore

Smooth Chanterelle

Weeping Polypore

Carbon Balls or Coal Fungus

Fly Agaric

Non-Inky Coprinus

Spindle-shaped Yellow Coral

White Cheese Polypore

Carbon Cusion

Frost's Bolete

Old Man of the Woods

Straight Stalked Entoloma

Yellow Patches

Chestnut Bolete

Giant Puffball

Oyster Mushroom

Strict-branch Coral Fungus

 

Chicken of the Woods

Golden Pholiota

Painted Slipperycap

Sulphur Tuft

 

Citron Amanita

Golden Trumpet or Fuzzy Foot

Peal-studded Puffball

Sweetbread mushroom

 

Japanese Angelica Tree

Japanese Angelica Tree

Apple Tree

Apple Tree

Birch tree leaves

Birch tree leaves

Box Elder

Box Elder

Wild Cherry Tree

Wild Cherry Tree

Crabapple

Crabapple

Dogwood

Dogwood

Wych Elm

Wych Elm

Winterberry

Winterberry

Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir

Goldenrain Tree

Goldenrain Tree

Hackberry Tree

Hackberry Tree

Carolina Hemlock

Carolina Hemlock

Carya nuts from North American trees

Carya nuts from North American trees

Larch Tree

Larch Tree

Magnolia Tree

Magnolia Tree

Flowering Hydrangea Tree

Flowering Hydrangea Tree

Arborvitae

Arborvitae

Maple Tree

Maple Tree

Oak Tree

Oak Tree

Japanese Maple Tree

Japanese Maple Tree

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel

PawPaw Tree

PawPaw Tree

Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine

Atlantic White Cedar

Atlantic White Cedar

Poplar Tree Leaf

Poplar Tree Leaf

Pussywillow Tree

Pussywillow Tree

Sassafras

Sassafras

Smoketree

Smoketree

Redbud Tree Leaves

Redbud Tree Leaves

Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce

Baby Spruce Tree

Baby Spruce Tree

Sumac Tree

Sumac Tree

Japanese Andromeda

Japanese Andromeda

4. Trees

There are many tree species in Connecticut.

  • Ailanthus
  • European Alder
  • Speckled Alder
  • Japanese Angelica Tree
  • Apple Tree
  • Goldtip Arborvitae
  • Japanese Arborvitae
  • Northern Arborvitae
  • Oriental Arborvitae
  • Pyramidal Arborvitae
  • Black Ash
  • European Ash
  • Golden Ash
  • Green Ash
  • Weeping European Ash
  • White Ash
  • Bigtooth Aspen
  • Quaking Aspen
  • American Basswood
  • Northern Bayberry
  • American Beech
  • Dawyk Beech
  • European Beech
  • European Copper Beech
  • European Cutleaf Beech
  • European Golden Beech
  • European Tricolor Beech
  • European Weeping Beech
  • European Weeping Copper Beech
  • Black Birch
  • Cutleaf Weeping Birch
  • Dahurian Birch
  • European White Birch
  • Gray Birch
  • Paper Birch
  • River Birch
  • Yellow Birch
  • Young's Weeping Birch
  • Blackgum
  • Box Elder
  • Buart
  • Bottlebrush Buckeye
  • Hybrid Buckeye
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Painted Buckeye
  • Texas Buckeye
  • Yellow Buckeye
  • Common Buckthorn
  • Prickly Castor-Oil Tree
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Southern Catalpa
  • Cedar of Lebanon
  • Blue Atlas Cedar
  • California Incense Cedar
  • Japanese Cedar
  • Cherry
  • Black Cherry
  • Weeping Cherry
  • Wild Cherry
  • Kwanzan Cherry
  • Okame Cherry
  • Pin Cherry
  • Purple-leaved Cherry
  • Sargent Cherry
  • Sweet Cherry
  • Yoshino Cherry
  • Chestnut
  • American Chestnut
  • Chinese Chestnut
  • Japanese Chestnut
  • Chinese Pearl-bloom Tree
  • Japanese Clethra
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Amur Corktree
  • Japanese Corktree
  • Lavalle Corktree
  • Eastern Cottonwood
  • Swamp Cottonwood
  • Cherry Crabapple
  • Japanese Crabapple
  • Red Jade Crabapple
  • Bald Cypress
  • Chinese Swamp Cypress
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Pond Cypress
  • Weeping Bald Cypress
  • Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Variegated Giant Dogwood
  • Douglas-fir
  • American Elm
  • Camperdown Elm
  • Dutch Elm
  • English Elm
  • Lacebark Elm
  • Siberian Elm
  • Slippery Elm
  • Smooth-leaf Elm
  • Wych Elm
  • Empress Tree
  • Epaulette Tree
  • Winterberry Euonymous
  • Yeddo Euonymous
  • Evodia
  • False-Cypress Species
  • Balsam Fir
  • Blue China Fir
  • Cilician Fir
  • Fraser Fir
  • Grand Fir
  • Needle Fir
  • Nikko Fir
  • Noble Fir
  • Nordmann Fir
  • Pacific Silver Fir
  • White Fir
  • Franklin Tree
  • Fringetree
  • Chinese Fringetree
  • Ginkgo
  • Goldenchain Tree
  • Goldenrain Tree
  • Hackberry
  • Hawthorne Species
  • Japanese Heartnut
  • Carolina Hemlock
  • Chinese Hemlock
  • Eastern Hemlock
  • Sargent's Weeping Hemlock
  • Southern Japanese Hemlock
  • Bitternut Hickory
  • Mockernut Hickory
  • Pignut Hickory
  • Shagbark Hickory
  • Sweet Pignut Hickory
  • American Holly
  • English Holly
  • Long Stalk Holly
  • Honeylocust
  • Amur Honeysuckle
  • Hophornbeam
  • Hoptree
  • American Hornbeam
  • European Hornbeam
  • Horsechestnut
  • Hydrangea Tree
  • Persian Ironwood
  • Jacktree
  • Needle Juniper
  • Dwarf Juniper
  • Robusta Green Juniper
  • Katsura
  • Weeping Magnificum Katsura
  • Creeping Hybrid Larch
  • Dunkeld Larch
  • European Larch
  • Golden Larch
  • Japanese Larch
  • Japanese Lilac Tree
  • Bigleaf Linden
  • Crimean Linden
  • Cutleaf Linden
  • European Linden
  • Littleleaf Linden
  • Silver Linden
  • Black Locust
  • Mophead Locust
  • Amur Maackia
  • Japanese Maackia
  • Butterflies Magnolia
  • Cucumber Magnolia
  • Merrill Magnolia
  • Northern Japanese Magnolia
  • Saucer Magnolia
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Star Magnolia
  • Sweetbay Magnolia
  • Umbrella Magnolia
  • White Bark Magnolia
  • Yellow Bird Magnolia
  • Amur Maple
  • Black Maple
  • Cinnamon Flake Paperbark Maple
  • Cutleaf Silver Maple
  • Full Moon Maple
  • Hedge Maple
  • Japanese Maple
  • Norway Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Silver Maple
  • Striped Maple
  • Sugar Maple
  • Sycamore Maple
  • Three Flower Maple
  • Trident Maple
  • European Mountain Ash
  • Korean Mountain Ash
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Contorted Mulberry
  • Fruitless White Mulberry
  • Red Mulberry
  • Weeping White Mulberry
  • White Mulberry
  • Nannyberry
  • Bear Oak
  • Black Oak
  • Bottom Oak
  • Bur Oak
  • Chestnut Oak
  • Durmast Oak
  • English Oak
  • Oriental Oak
  • Overcup Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Post Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Sawtooth Oak
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Shingle Oak
  • Swamp Chestnut Oak
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Turkey Oak
  • Upright English Oak
  • White Oak
  • Willow Oak
  • Hardy Orange
  • Japanese Pagodatree
  • PawPaw
  • Peach
  • Pear Species
  • Pecan
  • Persimmon
  • Austrian Pine
  • Bosnian Pine
  • Chinese White Pine
  • Dwarf Eastern White Pine
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Jack Pine
  • Japanese Black Pine
  • Japanese Red Pine
  • Japanese Umbrella Pine
  • Japanese White Pine
  • Korean Pine
  • Lacebark Pine
  • Limber Pine
  • Loblolly Pine
  • Pitch Pine
  • Red Pine
  • Scots Pine
  • Swiss Stone Pine
  • Upright Eastern White Pine
  • Weeping Eastern White Pine
  • Western White Pine
  • London Plane
  • Balsam Poplar
  • Gray Poplar
  • Lombardy Poplar
  • White Poplar
  • Quince
  • Chinese Quince
  • Japanese Raisin Tree
  • Eastern Red-Cedar
  • Western Red-Cedar
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Texas Redbud
  • Dawn Redwood
  • Hardy Rubber Tree
  • Sapphireberry
  • Sassafras
  • Giant Sequoia
  • Hazel Smith Sequoia
  • Serviceberry
  • Seven-Son Flower
  • Silk Tree
  • Carolina Silverbell
  • American Smoketree
  • European Smoketree
  • Fragrant Snowbell
  • Japanese Snowbell
  • Sourwood
  • Black Spruce
  • Blue Spruce
  • Columnar Blue Spruce
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce
  • Engelmann Spruce
  • Norway Spruce
  • Oriental Spruce
  • Red Spruce
  • Redtwig Dragon Spruce
  • Serbian Spruce
  • Weeping Blue Spruce
  • White Spruce
  • Stewartia Species
  • Poison Sumac
  • Shining Sumac
  • Sweetgum Species
  • Sycamore
  • Tamarack
  • Chinese Toon
  • Tulip Tree
  • Siebold Viburnum
  • Black Walnut
  • English Walnut
  • Japanese Walnut
  • Butternut Walnut
  • Atlantic White-Cedar
  • Swedish Whitebeam
  • Black Willow
  • Dragon-claw Willow
  • Golden Willow
  • Bebb Willow
  • Pussy Willow
  • Weeping Willow
  • Wisconsin Weeping Willow
  • Witch Hazel
  • Yellowwood
  • English Yew
  • Japanese Yew
  • Japanese Zelkova

Connecticut State Tree

The Charter Oak is the Connecticut State Tree. It's also known as the White Oak. The tallest known white oak tree is nearly 150 feet tall.

The Charter Oak was a large tree that was destroyed by a storm in 1856. It was located in Hartford, Connecticut. Connecticut's Royal Charter of 1662 was allegedly hidden in the tree. The oak tree became a symbol of American independence. A picture can be found on the back of the Connecticut state quarter.


5. Wild Flowers

Wild flowers grow abundantly in woodlands and wooded areas around homes in Connecticut.

With the variety of color, shape, and texture, there is certainly a wild flower out there to please everyone.

Pokeweed flowers

Pokeweed flowers

Wild Roses

Wild Roses

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

Common wild flower species in Connecticut woodlands.

With over 1,000 different species of identified wildflowers in Connecticut, it would be virtually impossible to list them all here. However, Connecticut Botanical Society has a complete list of common names, scientific names and photographs.

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, The Connecticut Botanical Society is a volunteer organization. Volunteers go on field trips to identify plants. They do not provide information on plant history or growing methods.

Wild flowers near Mumford Cove, Groton, Connecticut.

Goldenrods and Asters

Goldenrods and Asters

Purple Aster

Purple Aster

Conclusion

For being a small state in North America, Connecticut wallops a huge hit with nature-bound hikers, campers, walkers, joggers, and mountain bikers looking for the thrill of fresh air and bountiful beauty.

It is recommended that if you decide to go on a nature hike consider the following for your safety:

  • Keep walks to daylight hours.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Some parts of woodlands are open space under direct sunlight, sunscreen is advisable.
  • Bring a backpack with bottled water.
  • Bring refreshments such as granola bars, trail mix, or peanut butter crackers.
  • Bring a camera for capturing nature.
  • Wear deep Woods off to protect yourself against the disease bearing ticks and mosquitoes.

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy all of the natural beauty Connecticut has to offer!

Comments

Pat C on July 22, 2014:

I think that your mystery plant is called Monotropa uniflora.

(aka Indian Pipe)

CraftytotheCore (author) on October 12, 2013:

Good to know Kathryn! We've been meaning to plan a trip. Thank you so much for your input. :D

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 12, 2013:

Brandi,

Yes, there's a Sonic restaurant right near where I will most likely be working. I have never been to that one, but I went to one in Virginia when I lived there a few years ago, and I loved it!

Oh, yes, their milkshakes are great, and they have a huge selection of flavors!

Thanks, I appreciate it.

~ Kathryn

CraftytotheCore (author) on October 12, 2013:

Thank you so much Kathryn! I've been following your Hubs and noticed when you posted to Joe's Hub. I thought I'd mention I'm from CT.

I hear Manchester has a Sonic restaurant that we've been meaning to try out for some time. I only ever saw them in Texas. They advertise delicious looking milkshakes all the time on our television commercials. LOL

Have a safe move!

Brandi

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 12, 2013:

This is amazing! I came to your page from HawaiianOdysseus' hub on walking, and was perplexed that I am not following you yet (will remedy that shortly). I see you around so much that I thought I already followed you.

Anyway, I enjoy any posts on exploring the outdoors, and this one is full of information and beautiful photos! It's great that you have used a mix of your own pictures, as well as ones from Wikimedia.

I also like the tables, with the data, and the list of trees in Connecticut. I didn't know there were that many varieties there!

Speaking of Connecticut, I saw your comment on Joe's article. I am moving to Manchester, CT, which is about 45-55 miles away from the Groton and New Haven area (not far from Hartford). I will be living near the Globe Hollow Reservoir, which is a pretty small one. It's in an adorable wooded area. I look forward to doing a hub (or hubs) on the area in the future. Even though it's a different part of CT, it's nice to see another CT resident here! I lived in CT for 3 years up until last October, and I look forward to living there again.

Anyway, I loved this, and look forward to reading more. Voted up and sharing!

Have a great weekend.

~ Kathryn

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 20, 2013:

Thank you Susan! I love all of the nature we have here in this state. I've been to several bird shows hosted at different events over the years.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 20, 2013:

What an educational hub. We have hawks here too but I have no idea how many different types or what kind they are. Loved all your pictures and found your hub very interesting.

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 19, 2013:

Hi Wetnose! Thank you so much for commenting. I took about 1000 photos of dragonflies over two summers. Some of them actually look like they are smiling.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on September 19, 2013:

I love dragonflies. I enjoyed your fantastic pictures and how you made your state so eye appealing to the nature lover.

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 19, 2013:

Hi Suhail! This area posted about in this Hub is located on the far Eastern side of CT, near Rhode Island. It's Bluff Point State Park. There are no bears here, but there have been bear sighting elsewhere across the state. There are also bob cats.

I'm not really keen on my geography here but I think the Appalachian Trail goes through the Western portion of the state. In any event, have a great hike! It sounds lovely.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on September 19, 2013:

Hi,

This is just the hub I needed as I would be hiking past CT when I do my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. A small portion of the trail does pass through your state.

I was wondering if you have bears in the forests.

And you have some beautiful pictures as aides in this article.

Best regards,

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 19, 2013:

Thank you so much Imogen! I couldn't believe there were 1000 species of wildflowers, or those would have been listed hereto. :D

Imogen French from Southwest England on September 19, 2013:

Wow, this is a pretty comprehensive study. Love the dragonflies, and the mushrooms are fascinating, and the trees are beautiful too - in fact it all looks amazing! Good job :)

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 19, 2013:

Brave,

I can't wait to read a Hub about it. I think mushrooms are so cool looking. When I was writing this, I learned so much about them.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 19, 2013:

Good thing you didn't listen to them, Crafty! I have an oak tree across the street from me that grew a type of mushroom from an aperture, after a rain. It was so cool looking, I took a picture of it. I call it my Donald Duck tree. The mushroom had a top and a bottom which made it look like a duck's bill. I'll have to come up with something so I can use the picture.

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 19, 2013:

Brave, thank you for commenting.

When I was little, my grandfather took me hunting for mushrooms. He called them pennellas but that's not the right name. They grow in huge clusters around the base of certain trees up here around September after rains.

My grandmother had a way of preparing them so we could eat them. They were so delicious. I've tried to find them myself and haven't spotted one yet.

A couple of years ago, we had a family of hawks move in next door. My neighbor hated them but they were beautiful flying around, teaching their young. It was amazing.

A couple of years ago, a tree sprouted up in the middle of my yard. Every one that drove by told me it looked stupid and to cut it down. I didn't listen to them because I'm a nature buff. I liked the tree. It was my yard! LOL

Anyway, it turned out to be a pussy willow tree. I was so delighted!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 19, 2013:

Crafty, we have a lot of mushrooms here in Central Florida. They usually show up after rains. Some of them look like table mushrooms while others are more exotic. We also have red-shouldered Hawks here. In fact, a family of them lives in the trees in my back yard. I just love watching them, especially when they're out just gliding on the waves of a breeze.

You have so many pretty trees and flowers in Connecticut. We have pussy willows here, but they grow in marshy areas and come up out of the water. I've never seen a pussy willow tree. How interesting!

Great hub, Crafty. You're getting better and better with each post!

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 19, 2013:

Thank you so much DDE for your kind words! I truly appreciate all of your wonderful comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 19, 2013:

5 Things to See in Connecticut Woodlands Wow! One of the best presented hubs I have seen and read today, so well presented with such lovely photos, and nature is a wonder of life.

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 18, 2013:

Hi Moonlake! This one took me more time that I knew at the starting line. Thank you for your lovely comments! Can't wait to read your Hub.

moonlake from America on September 18, 2013:

Very nice enjoyed your hub. I have all my photos of plants and around the yard ready to go on a hub but just to get the time. Voted up and shared.

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 18, 2013:

Thank you Billy! It was too much time spent for sure. I didn't realize how many mushrooms there were in CT until I started researching. And then of course I couldn't forget any in here. My grandfather used to take me hunting for mushrooms when I was a child. I can still remember them like it was yesterday.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 18, 2013:

Well that was a labor-intensive hub, wasn't it? You put a lot of work into this one. It reads like an encyclopedia on Connecticut, but in that lovely writing voice that you have. Reading your work is like having a cup of tea by a warm fire....very well done!

CraftytotheCore (author) on September 18, 2013:

Hi EP! During my research I found out the different with a damselfly. They have a longer body and keep their wings down next to their body when resting. I don't believe I've ever seen one around here.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 18, 2013:

Interesting hub and I enjoyed all of the pictures. We have damselflies here, which look very similar to dragonflies. Pretty bugs actually! I had no idea a hawk could swoop at 120 mph! Wow. Their prey doesn't stand a chance! Great writing here. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and shared.