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

Pink water lilies

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I recently got the opportunity to photograph more water lilies. I guess it’s full blooming season in San Diego right now. These water lilies ranged from very light to very bright pink.

Here’s a nice selection of these water lilies and lily pads. Remember you can click on each image to view a larger format. Enjoy!

Pink water lilies and lily pads
Pink water lilies and lily pads
Pink water lilies on pond
Pink water lilies on pond
Bright pink water lilies
Bright pink water lilies
Light pink water lilies
Light pink water lilies

Did you like the original water lilies? There’s more where it came from

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Do you remember the photo of the water lilies I took at San Diego’s Balboa Park? The one I used for the month of August in my 2013 photo calendar? Well, I went back to my memory card and looked if there were more photos good enough to share. I found a few, so here we go.

Remember to click on each photo for a larger view.

Here’s the whole patch where my water lilies came from. I like capturing reflections in the water. Unfortunately it’s not always easy to find a good angle to photograph the water lilies from to get their best shot, as well as an interesting building reflection, so it can be tricky. I think this photo came out OK.

Water lilies at Balboa Park in San Diego
Water lilies at Balboa Park in San Diego

Here’s the photo of the three pink water lilies on the right, the one I used in the calendar.

Pink water lilies at San Diego's Balboa Park
Pink water lilies at San Diego’s Balboa Park

And here’s a photo of the single water lily closer to the front of the first picture.

Pink water lily and lily pads at the pond in Balboa Park, San Diego
Pink water lily and lily pads at the pond in Balboa Park, San Diego

This pond at Balboa Park also displays white water lilies but I think pink beats white any day when it comes to standing out on the green lily pads. What do you think?