Akitsushima (Isle of the dragonfly)

 
 
In Japan the dragonfly is symbolic of strength, courage, victory, success and happiness.
Japanese families in the 11th century would use the dragonfly to decorate everything from furniture to cloths. The dragonfly was even used as a Samurai family crest.
Japanese legend tells of an emperor that was bitten by a horsefly. That horsefly was then eaten by a dragonfly. The emperor then named Japan "Akitsushima" which translates to Isle of the dragonfly.

 
 

Golden winged Skimmer (2002)
 
 

Dragonhunter (2003)

Orange Shadowdragon (2003)
 
 

Blue-Eyed Darner (2003)

Eastern Pondhawk (2003)
 
 
 
 
 
1995-2004 Elizabeth Koval