Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro

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I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Macro Photography! Remember you can click on each photo to view a larger size.

The funny thing is, Let’s Be Wild used a dragonfly to illustrate this week’s challenge theme. Hey, wait, I’ve got one of those too!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro - blue dragonfly
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro – blue dragonfly

And to continue with insects, I’ve got bees too.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro - bee on a wild rose
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro – bee on a wild rose

I also love taking close-ups of flowers, in the case below a yellow lilium.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro - yellow lilium
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro – yellow lilium

And finally a beautiful hibiscus, showing off his pistil and stamens.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro - hibiscus pistil and stamens
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Macro – hibiscus pistil and stamens

This blue dragonfly is my first

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Believe it or not, I’ve never photographed a dragonfly until recently. It’s not that I’ve never seen one, but I usually don’t have to have my camera with me. These missed photo opportunities happen a lot, by the way.

Most of the dragonflies that live in San Diego County are the large, bright orange species (don’t ask me for their official name). I still have to take photos of them but I think I know of a few spots where to look. that’s when I find the time to get there.

I got lucky the other day though. Very, very lucky. It was the end of the day and my kids were playing in the backyard. My eldest looked on the other side of the fence and said, Hey, look at that dragonfly! Well, I looked and looked but couldn’t see it. And then I saw it. The gears in my brain started spinning really fast. Gosh, I wonder if I can run inside, get my camera, turn it on, set it, and be back in time to take a picture before it flies away.

Well, not only did I have time to do all this, but I had time to take lots of photos, which is a good thing because many of them turned out blurry, focusing on everything but the dragonfly. But I did find one picture I really, really like. Not bad for my first blue dragonfly photo, don’t you agree?

Click on the photo of this blue dragonfly to view a larger image.

Blue dragonfly
Blue dragonfly