Blue dragonfly and water lilies

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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

WordPress weekly photo challenge: the hue of you

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “the hue of you”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

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I love anything colorful and I enjoy most colors out there, but I know that pink, purple and blue tend to be my favorite. I love wearing these colors and I enjoy spotting them in nature as well. Here are a few of my favorite colors that make me happy every time Mother Nature uses them on her color palette.

This has to be my most favorite color to find in nature: magenta. It really says, I’m happy!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the hue of you - lampranthus productus iceplant
WordPress weekly photo challenge: the hue of you – lampranthus productus iceplant

Magenta and purple together look very pretty too.

Close-up of pink manuka flowers
Close-up of pink manuka flowers

Who can argue that all shades of purple look beautiful?

The hue of you - purple wildflowers
The hue of you – purple wildflowers
The hue of you: purple flower looks like fireworks
The hue of you: purple flower looks like fireworks

And fuchsia is nature’s burst of laughter, as in this pink water lily.

Pink water lily
Pink water lily

Floral Friday Fotos: more pink water lilies

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. Remember you can click on the photos below to see them in a larger format. If you enjoy my images, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I featured some pink water lilies a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to capture more of them on camera recently. The sunlight was very bright that day in comparison to my other photo session, so these pink water lilies look quite different in the end.

Floral Friday Fotos: pink water lilies
Floral Friday Fotos: pink water lilies
Floral Friday Fotos: pink water lily
Floral Friday Fotos: pink water lily

By the way, check out the green frog popping its head out of the water in this last picture (bottom right).

Group of pink water lilies
Group of pink water lilies

Macro Monday: pink water lily with bright yellow center

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful pink water lily. I love the bright yellow center of water lilies, with their thick pistils sticking right up.

Macro Monday: pink water lily with bright yellow center
Macro Monday: pink water lily with bright yellow center
Close-up of a pink water lily
Close-up of a pink water lily