Saturday, August 4, 2012

Annual East Lake Camping Trip

Friday July 20, we did our annual camping trip to East Lake in the Newberry Crater south of Bend.  Dave White couldn't join us this year, so we had Norman's company all to our self.  Unlike our trips there in the past, this year it was cool and windy, so our time on the beach was spent in layered cloths not bathing suits.
Norman & Kelly on the beach at East Lake

Kelly

Norman

Dave

Last year at East Lake we experienced the transformation of thousands of tadpoles to frogs.  This year it was nymphs to dragonflies.  These nymphs were crawling out of the lake all around us so Norman put one on Dave's bag so we could watch the transformation take place.  Here it is crawling out of it's nymph skin which is also called an exuvia.

This is what it looked like after it left it's exuvia, which is shown on the left.

  Here it's wings are growing amazingly fast. and seemingly out of nowhere.

Here it's wings are almost fully grown and about 20 minutes after it left it's exuvia it flew away!

Norman and Dave back at the campsite.

Norman & Kelly around the campfire.

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