Personification – ‘slaps down’ – if used judiciously (as here) sometimes has a way of bringing the reader into an animistic frame of mind. I like this. Nature, … but with character and attitude!
By the way, what did you think, Ellis, of Nobuyuki’s haibun ‘Eyes of Dragonflies’, I wonder? Go to the new page ‘Longer Haibun’ for a read? He’d appreciate your ‘writer’s comment’, I’m sure. So great to have you with us!