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The eyes of Texas are upon you *

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Click for greater clarity, especially on the top of the compound eye.

This is the same widowskimmer dragonfly as last time but in a different and even closer picture.

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* For more about the song known as “The Eyes of Texas” see The Handbook of Texas Online.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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  1. I think it is clear in this case, that the eyes have it.

    pixilated2

    September 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

  2. For me and most generally for the french people, the eyes of Texas are the ones of Chuck Norris, the Walker Texas Ranger ! 😛
    Hmmm… I prefer your dragonfly’s ones….

    lemarcal

    September 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    • I’ll confess I’ve never seen Chuck Norris as Walker, but I’ve looked plenty of dragonflies right in the eye. I’m glad you also prefer those.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 7, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      • Un texan qui n’a jamais vu Walker Texas Ranger ??? I’m hallucinating !! 😯 😆

        lemarcal

        September 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        • C’est vrai. I may have walked the range in Texas but I’ve never seen Walker the Texas Ranger.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

  3. I love the dragonfly photos and this is one of the finest.

    oneowner

    September 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

  4. How could we not bring together “The Eyes of Texas” and Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of Texas wildflowers? Here’s a wonderful clip of the UT Marching Band and the congregation joining together in the song at her funeral. What’s not to like about a row of clergy giving the “Hook ‘Em, Horns” sign?

    shoreacres

    September 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    • You’re good at making these connections. I learned some more things about this from a comment on the web page that you linked to:

      “Lady Bird requested this song be played at her funeral. The song name is The Eyes of Texas. Lyrics: The eyes of Texas are upon you, All the live long day. The eyes of Texas are upon you, You cannot get away. Do not think you can escape them, At night, or early in the morn’. The eyes of Texas are upon you, Till Gabriel blows his horn! – Sung by a group of schoolchildren at President John F Kennedy’s breakfast speech in Fort Worth, Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

  5. Holy mackerel! What a shot!

    Susan Scheid

    September 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    • Thanks, Susan. If I can replace your mackerel—a word that English borrowed from Old French—with the French word for dragonfly, I’ll answer back with the similar-sounding “Holy libellule.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

  6. Great shot! Will we see the Yellow Rose of Texas next?

    suburbanferndaleark

    September 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

  7. I’m speechless!! Fantastic :).

    photosfromtheloonybin

    September 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

  8. That is really cool! They are truly amazing looking insects when you can see the finer details!

    Michael Glover

    September 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    • That close, close look can make a big difference in our impression of something as complex as a dragonfly.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

  9. Exquisite details! Wow : )

    Firasz

    September 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM


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