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.