In the stages of the life-cycle of a dragonfly, once the egg is laid upon a floating plant or dropped into the water, it gestates, hatches, and may remain for up to four years in this larval form called a nymph. This is a precursor to the dragonfly. (Dragonflies skip the cocoon stage, moving from egg directly to nymph.) At some point, the nymph climbs onto a rock or leaf and there emerges from its former body and takes on the shape and character of the adult dragonfly. This radiant being then proceeds to illuminate our eves and hearts as we witness its dramatic colors and magical dance along the surface of the water.

They hover over ponds and pools and inhabit the banks of rivers and streams. With their dazzling metallic colors and unique ways of flying they are truly jewels of the air. This film presents dragonflies as they have never been seen before.

The emperor dragonfly is a very large, impressive dragonfly which is on the wing from June to August. It is a common dragonfly of large ponds and lakes as well as canals and ditches and is rarely found away from water.

360 Million Years Ago. Footage from the 2011 documentary, "Earth: Making of a Planet". Imagine cameras have been around since the creation of Earth to record every major event. Take a photographic journey thorough time from the violent birth of our planet four and a half billion years ago, through ice-ages, massive volcanic eruptions and the dinosaurs' reign to the first humans.