Dragonflies are small animals and ferocious predators. They live all across the planet except Antarctica. Prehistoric ancestors of today’s dragonflies were huge insects with wingspans of almost 30 inches or 7.6 centimeters across. The Dragonfly is also a symbol of transformation, power, adaptability, and poise. A number of us communitarians came together from different urban cooperative households across Greater Seattle to explore new communal possibilities. Some of the early meetings held anywhere from 20 to almost 50 people. Eventually some of us formed a new intentional community. Our new family came to be known as Dragonfly or the Yellow Dragonfly House. We chose this animal as our spirit totem with a focus on personal and group transformation.
What came to be known as simply Dragonfly or the Yellow House was established in October 2003, but the process of community formation began much earlier. People from older groups such as Orca Landing and The Barn began coming together in 2001 to determine what was next for them as individuals, families, and communities. Some of them were monogamous families. Others were engaged as a polyamorous cluster. And a few were single. All were deeply spiritual and engaged in profound personal and professional growth, training, and development. Most were ethical stands for love, communication, and for community. Those who were not left Dragonfly of their own accord except for one person, initially intensely involved, who was asked to leave.
During the years of 2002 – 2003 the members of Dragonfly embarked on a series of trips to spend time together in nature and to strengthen the bonds of community. Not every member of Dragonfly Community went on every adventure. The following fotos are from six of our trips including our major outings. Some of the earlier members and candidates are not in any of these fotos. The core ones are celebrated within. These pictures survived the 2010 burning down of my and then-wife Kristina’s post-Dragonfly home. I took most of these fotos, and some were by Kristina, and others by friends who gave us copies after the fire. I edited most of those images. They captured moments in time and space representing the forging and celebration of relationships amid the great outdoors of America’s Pacific Northwest. Enjoy.
Dragonfly Backpacking & Camping Trip to Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Thursday 4 July – Sunday 7 July 2002:
Dragonfly day trip to the Salish Sea, Discovery Park, Seattle, July 2002:
Dragonfly Camping & Hiking Trip to Deer Park & Blue Mountain, Olympic National Park, Labor Day Weekend Saturday 31 August – Monday 2 September 2002:
Dragonfly Community Halloween Trip to Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in the City of Everett/Snohomish River Delta Area, October 2002:
Sailing with Ben in Elliott Bay off Seattle & the Salish Sea, October 2002:
Dragonfly Ski Trip to Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, outside Mount Rainier National Park, to celebrate Kiki’s 35th Birthday 3 days early, Saturday 1 March 2003:
Dragonfly Backpacking & Camping Trip to Second Beach & the Wild Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, Friday 4 – Sunday 6 July 2003:
Dragonfly Community underwent several significant transformations as key members came and eventually moved on. New people moved in and gradually left in turn. Eventually Dragonfly went dormant. We move thru time, fortunately, and eventually Dragonfly was reconstituted. It still exists today altho currently in the Pinehurst neighborhood of North Seattle. Many of its former members continue to engage with others in building intentional community in different cooperatives elsewhere. Life always finds a way. Love does as well. Humans as social beings do what humans as social beings do: network and build new societies, cultivate new relationships, and establish more and different communities. Individuals may come and go. They are born and sooner or later die. Their communities, however, keep on going with their own ups and downs and ebbs and flows, and as do the living they, too, find a way.
William Dudley Bass
Notes on Fotos not taken by me or other Dragonfly People but borrowed from the Internet:
*Image of dragonfly cluster:
“An aggregation of globe skimmers, Pantala flavescens, during migration,” <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonfly>.
<Shyamal> – Own work:
“Resting dragonflies, Pantala flavescens, probably in migration. Talakaveri, Coorg, India.”
File:PantalaFlavescensTalakaveri.jpg, <Uploaded by Shyamal>. Created: 22 October 2006.
CC BY-SA 3.0.
**Image of crop circle dragonfly:
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