Blue dragonfly and water lilies

This is a quick reminder that my 2015 nature photography calendars are now available for saleYou can choose from five different nature themes: a year in Southern California, bees and other insectswater lilies, flowers and blooms, and water. These 2015 photo calendars make a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member. I thank you for your purchase and your support.

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I love dragonflies but they’re quite hard to find and photograph since they don’t like to sit still. Did you know dragonflies are the fastest insects in the world? They can even fly backwards, hover and make U-turns at full speed. I guess those two sets of wings come in really handy when they’re hungry. And they do eat a lot of bugs, which is convenient for us.

It was my lucky day a few months ago when I spotted this blue dragonfly standing on a dead leaf over a pond covered with lily pads. I was even luckier to have some beautiful water lilies to include in the background of my pictures. I first captured the blue dragonfly with a pink water lily in the same shot.

Blue dragonfly and pink water lily

Blue dragonfly and pink water lily

Close-up of a blue dragonfly and pink water lily

Close-up of a blue dragonfly and pink water lily

Then I just had to point my camera a bit to the left and capture the same blue dragonfly with a white water lily in the background. How nice is that?

Blue dragonfly and white water lily

Blue dragonfly and white water lily

I can’t put even a finger on a dead leaf without breaking it, but it seemed like a nice stand for this dragonfly.

Close-up of a blue dragonfly on a dead leaf

Close-up of a blue dragonfly on a dead leaf

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Black Friday: my 2015 photo calendars are 65% off

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the time with your loved ones. I’ll be back next week with some new nature photos to share.

If you’re looking for great Black Friday deals, I’ve got one for you. My 2015 nature photography calendars are 65% off today! Simply use code ZAZBLACKDEAL at checkout in my Zazzle store.

You can choose from five different nature themes: a year in Southern California, bees and other insectswater lilies, flowers and blooms, and water. These 2015 photo calendars make a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase. I thank you for your purchase and your support.

Click on the calendar links below to purchase the calendars of your choice. Thank you very much for your purchase and your support. 

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – A YEAR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 San Diego calendar - front cover

2015 San Diego calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER LILIES  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water lily calendar - front cover

2015 water lily calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – BEES AND OTHER INSECTS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 bee and insect calendar - front cover

2015 bee and insect calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – FLOWERS AND BLOOMS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 flower and bloom calendar - front cover

2015 flower and bloom calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER IN SAN DIEGO  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water in San Diego calendar - front cover

2015 water in San Diego calendar – front cover

How to save 50% on my 2015 photo calendars this week

Happy Thanksgiving week!

My 2015 nature photography calendars are available for sale and this week you can save 50% off by using code ZWEEKOFDEALS at checkout in my Zazzle store.

You can choose from five different nature themes: a year in Southern California, bees and other insectswater lilies, flowers and blooms, and water. These 2015 photo calendars make a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase. I thank you for your purchase and your support.

Click on the calendar links below to purchase the calendars of your choice. Thank you very much for your purchase and your support. 

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – A YEAR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 San Diego calendar - front cover

2015 San Diego calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER LILIES  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water lily calendar - front cover

2015 water lily calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – BEES AND OTHER INSECTS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 bee and insect calendar - front cover

2015 bee and insect calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – FLOWERS AND BLOOMS  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 flower and bloom calendar - front cover

2015 flower and bloom calendar – front cover

Buy this 2015 12-month calendar – WATER IN SAN DIEGO  – VIEW individual photos in a large slideshow

2015 water in San Diego calendar - front cover

2015 water in San Diego calendar – front cover

Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers

This is a quick reminder that my 2015 nature photography calendars are now available for saleYou can choose from five different nature themes: a year in Southern California, bees and other insectswater lilies, flowers and blooms, and water. These 2015 photo calendars make a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member. I thank you for your purchase and your support.

Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my photos, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I have shared pictures of red bottle brush flowers before but when I ran into several bottle brush trees that displayed pink flowers a few months ago, I couldn’t resist taking a lot of pictures. There were so many pink bottle brush flowers on the first bush I encountered, they almost looked like Christmas ornaments.

Pink bottle brush flowers in bottle brush tree

Pink bottle brush flowers in bottle brush tree

Can you count how many pink bottle brush flowers are in this picture? Would you believe there were even more before I cropped the picture? That is some happy tree.

Pink bottle brush blooms

Pink bottle brush blooms

Of course, bees are very fond of those bottle brush flowers, so it’s easy to take a picture of the blooms with bees on them.

Bee collecting nectar on pink bottle brush flower

Bee collecting nectar on pink bottle brush flower

You can easily understand from their unusual shape why these were named bottle brush blooms.

Bright pink bottlebrush flowers

Bright pink bottlebrush flowers

By the way, I took this set of pictures last August. I don’t want you to think that we’re getting that many blooms right now. Although, bottle brush bottles seem to have an erratic blooming schedule in San Diego, depending on the fluctuating temperatures. So you really never know what you may see.

Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers

Floral Friday Fotos: pink bottle brush flowers

This last picture features another bee on those pink bottle brush trees. I hope you’ve enjoyed this splash of bright colors on this floral Friday.

Close-up of pink bottle brush flowers

Close-up of pink bottle brush flowers

Tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus)

I want to start by reminding you that my 2015 nature photography calendars are available for saleIf you’re looking for a unique Thanksgiving or holiday gift to give a teacher, a friend, a colleague, or a family member, this is a great choice. I thank you for your purchase and your support.

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Butterflies are cool looking insects and they do a great job at pollinating flowers. But I find them challenging to photograph, especially since I don’t have a super fancy zoom lens or a tripod. Unlike bees, they won’t let me get too close without taking off, and they don’t always keep their wings wide open long enough while resting on flowers. Oh, and they love to stay on flowers that are out of reach, so I can’t photograph them from a good angle.

Still, I was pretty lucky to find this beautiful, yellow tiger swallowtail butterfly (more formally known as Papilio glaucus) a few weeks ago. Somehow, it landed on the same kind of bright pink flowers I photographed that bee fly the same day, even though those bushes were in different areas of the botanical garden. Those flowers must be tasting delicious. The first flower cluster this tiger swallowtail butterfly picked didn’t make for a great picture, but he did help me out a bit as he kept hopping from flower to flower.

Tiger swallowtail butterfly on pink flowers

Tiger swallowtail butterfly on pink flowers

This was much better already than the first picture I took.

Yellow tiger swallowtail butterfly drinking nectar

Yellow tiger swallowtail butterfly drinking nectar

This tiger swallowtail was nice enough to display its beautiful wing markings for me to take one last picture of it quickly before it took off.

Close-up of a tiger swallowtail butterfly on pink flowers

Close-up of a tiger swallowtail butterfly on pink flowers

Are you a butterfly fan, or do they creep you out?