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I never found out what all of those strange noises were. As I got a little older I began to understand that these were just bad and ridiculous dreams. By now I had fallen in love with these hills and orchards. I enjoyed walking in the orchards and learning about the wildlife in them.

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The anise field down the road was a paradise. The stalks had a licorice flavor. It was home for many kinds of insects including dragonflies. They are very fascinating, and don’t sew up peoples’ lips, or sting. Suddenly, I saw what at first looked like a bumble bee down by the nettle patch. No! It’s some kind of dragonfly. At that instant it passed into a beam of sunlight and lit up in a brilliant metallic blue like an electric spark in the shade.

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I tried to go after it, but it was much too fast.

It seemed at ease as if it knew it were safe from my net.

I thought that it might even possess a spirit like a human being, it was so clever.


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It shot up into the air and then darted down into the avocado woods again. It flew along the stream playing hide and seek with the sunlight, turning black again when it dove into the shade.

At that magic moment I spotted a dark metallic green one, most likely the female darting down at terrific speed.

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The Lost Era Transcripts

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JW MacLean
Artist Pete Hampton, (1940-2018) was a wildly eccentric genius. He created slide shows of his paintings to tell the beautiful, and terrifying stories of his early childhood in the remote hills of Southern California. This work was re created from Pete's journals and the original paintings from 1961 through the early 1970's.
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