After dragonfly eggs hatch, they spend most of their life as aquatic larvae. When the time comes for them to move to the adult phase, they crawl out of the water and latch on to something solid. In this case, they chose the reeds along our lake shore. The larval skin cracks open and the dragonfly wriggles out. After the wings are pumped up and the body starts to harden, they rest for about an hour. I happened to come along at the just the right time to see them during this brief resting period.