Dragonflies and my love affair with L.A.

These little creatures are from my collection of Dragonflies. Why I love them so much has never been clear to me. I mean they are beautiful and flutter around gracefully, but they are insects. LOL. I've always been fascinated by them. I almost said I'm not really a collector but those that know me would clear throats at that one LOL.

I found this fact 'the oldest fossilized record of a dragonfly is from the Carboniferous Period, over 300 million years ago' and that got me to wondering about something else so I'll try to stay on track but I do have to ask, really, I mean really, how can you tell me you know something has been around for 300 million years? How? what test can really prove something has been around that long? I think I've found something I'm skeptical about tonight LOL.

This picture I took at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I have a hard time saying that because it was always The La Brea Tar Pits to me.
That there is a scary looking Dragonfly, dead and all. I guess they wouldn't have been considered so beautiful to me back them, can we say, running shoes! LOL.

I miss L.A. Not the way it is, but the way it was. In the 70s and 80s. Not that my life was ultra great but the place was a buzzing happening place to be. It was before commerce took over. Before the Riots (not giving it a name! or using the one it has), before there was a store, coffee shop or yogurt spot on every corner. Hollywood Blvd was a Novelty but the movie era fog had not worn away from it yet. There were still drive up restaurants and drive in movies. There still stores with counters to eat at like Schwabs and Newberrys and you could still get a ice cream cone from Thrifty's for 5cents a scoop. My first date was at the Hamburger Hamlet and I can remember being dumbfounded by the price of the burgers. My first date also gave me a bottle of Nina Ricci L'air du temps LOL that's pretty heavy for a high school gift LOL). There were still house parties and well I guess we can just say, I miss L.A. the way it was. I went a few months ago and was anxious. People were moving really fast. The population is a lot younger, the traffic was overwhelming, freeways over major streets, one ways and turn arounds. I think half the population of California walks or drives the streets of L.A. I used to imagine going back to live in the bright lights and as close as I could get to the Ocean breeze. And then I wake up. And I go back to creating crazy stuff and remembering. The Love Affair with my Hometown, sadly, over. And even stranger, I feel like one day I may find my way back there. Maybe not to live, but to be live. LOL. I think it's time for me to back away from the monitor LOL. I guess in my own strange way, I Love L.A. A love affair that no longer holds me, yet holds a true space in my heart. I know the time will come when I will move again, experience another part of this beautiful earth. Maybe I'll paint myself a spot and then try to find it and go there LOL hmmm


Steph Jordan Artist has been creating unique creations since childhood. Mixed Media Art is her life. From teaching unique workshops to creating promotional items and more Steph makes high end costume jewelry,paints colorful imaginative art and makes things shine.