John Hudson attempts to catch a dragonfly.
The book could be helpful to visitors to help take full advantage of time at the glacier, but also paves the way for local residents to enjoy the Glacier Visitor Center and its surroundings on a new level.
To produce the second book, Armstrong and Hermans called on the expertise of John Hudson, an entomologist and fisheries biologist who also lives in Juneau. "Dragons in the Ponds" is geared to attract both young readers and the adults who enjoy learning with them. It depicts the true-life story of dragonflies, some of Southeast Alaskaas most colorful insects. The book combines Armstrong's photographs with a lively narrative to show how dragonflies live two lives - first in water, then in air. The story also takes a look at what these amazing insects eat and what eats them and how ferocious dragonflies really are. After many hours and long days in the field, Armstrong managed to capture photos of a dragonfly larva capturing small fish underwater, one emerging from a pond and transforming into an adult with wings, and several others laying their eggs on plants and on water - depending on their species.
The book also includes tips on how to observe dragonflies up close and briefly shows animals such as ducks, herons and Western toads that live in dragonfly habitat.
Both books are available from the Alaska Natural History Association bookstore at the Glacier Visitor's Center, Hearthside Books and other stores throughout Alaska.