A new dragonfly emerges from its exuvia (former body, hardened):

monster birth

faerie emerged

smile

What a smile! open wings2

This was just before it took off into the elderberry tree above the pond where it no doubt spent the last few years as a nymph swimming around.  Days later we had the honor of helping a friend pass into the next realm, and also learned that the dragonfly was his totem.  And dragonflies are also guardians of the portals to the other worlds.

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