We are enamored with all the symbolism a dragonfly engenders. They are associated with color, magic, illusion in causing others only to see what you wish, and other mysticism. The are often depicted in Japanese paintings, representing new light and joy. To some Native Americans they are the souls of the dead. Faerie stories say that they used to be real dragons. What ever you believe, on Sanibel, the dragonfly is a joy to observe, especially when it's covered in dew drops.