Looking into those eyes is like looking back in time. I remember that dragonflies were here before some of our ancient mountains. They witnessed the coming and going of the dinosaurs, the arrival of those second rate aerialists, the birds, the evolution, just yesterday, of the human race. When I let a dragonfly go now, it no longer makes me feel like a giant.

–Richard Conniff, speaking about dragonflies in Spineless Wonders