Wednesday, October 13, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Pond Critters

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*Thanks to Randy (from Randy & Meg's Garden Paradise) for ID'ing the blue dragonfly as a Slaty Skimmer, and the Black striped dragonfly as a Common Whitetail.


Today I am thankful for the pond in my neighborhood, for the native plants that have been added there, and for the critters that frequent it.



Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble

29 comments:

  1. Super shots !!!
    You have dragonflies I've never seen before.
    The grasshopper got my attention.

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  2. Jan,
    Enjoyed your dragonflies! The blue one is a Slaty Skimmer and the last one is a male Common Whitetail

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  3. Hi Jan. What wonderful pictures of the Dragonflies. They are just to fast for me and it is rare for me to get a good picture of one. Yours are terrific. There are so many kinds and they are so colorful. My what a scary grasshopper. LOL! We do not have many here anymore.I see one once in a while but nothing like when I was a kid,ages ago.
    Have a wonderful week.

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  4. Hi Patsi, thanks for stopping by;-)
    Randy, thanks for the ID's--much appreciated:-)
    Lona, I think it all depends on the time of year, and what the environment is like. Right now there are very few at the pond. These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago when they were plentiful.

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  5. Wonderful images!I liked the dragonfly with the banded wings.

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  6. Jan,
    What gorgeous Dragonfly photos! They never cease to amaze me with their aerial acrobatics, and I could sit by the pond and just watch them all day. Also, thanks for all your great comments over at Beautiful Wildlife Garden! We sure do appreciate your support.

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  7. Hi Lotusleaf, thanks for stopping by!
    Carole, I am so fascinated by the dragonflies, as well. I really do like the Beautiful Wildlife Garden blog...it's always enjoyable to visit;-)

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  8. Dear Jan, I am always captivated by Dragonflies. The iridescent colour of their bodies and wings is somehow totally magical. I love the name Slaty Skimmer and how perfectly that describes such a beautiful creature.

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  9. Great photos of your dragonflies - so different from the ones we have here!

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  10. Jan, all your photos are very good, but the dragonfly shots are amazing. I can't catch the little guys being still enough for their photo op. I am thankful that you did!

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  11. Dear Jan, I have been totally unsuccessful at taking pictures of dragonflies. Well done! Pam x

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  12. Jan, I love your second photo especially . . . all captures are great! I can never catch those dragonflies. We are so lucky to have Randy!! Lovely to have a neighborhood pond. ;>)

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  13. Hi jan

    Wonderful photos of the dragonflies.

    Great shots.

    Have a nice weekend
    Gunilla

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  14. Way cool Jan! Someday I will get a pond and have visitors like this! gail

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  15. Wonderful photos Jan! I love those dragonflies. I haven't seen any around here recently, but we had lots earlier in the summer.

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  16. Marvellous stuff, Jan. Your photos are brilliant. I just loved the Common Whitetail Dragonfly ... rather handsome!

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  17. I'm also fascinated with dragonflies and we had so many of them around here during the summer. Your photos are amazing.

    Lucky you to have a pond in the neighborhood. There's always something interesting going on by water.

    Thank you so much, Jan, for the kind comment you left on my blog a while back. Without ever having met you in person, I know you have a big heart.

    donna

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  18. The last one always reminds me of something that should work on an aircraft carrier or at the race track.

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  19. I love dragonflies! They come to my little pond and it thrills me so!

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  20. what wonderful photos and so clear. take care, Judith (Precious Moments)

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  21. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Michelle

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  22. Hi Jan, how on earth did you manage to get those wonderful dragonfly photos. I never realized that dragonflies still about so late in the year, but we still have them in our garden, too.

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  23. Hi Jan, Love your pond critters. Lots still going on in your neck of the woods.

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  24. I especially love the architectural qualities of the first shot! The angular lines of the leaves really complement the dramatic lines of the grasshopper, and it even has a great pyramidal composition! I know grasshoppers eat the plants, but I usually leave them as part of my little ecosystem. There are plenty lizards, toads, treefrogs, birds and nonpoisonous snakes that appreciate the protein!

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  25. Such charming critters you saw at the pond! I like seeing bugs in the garden, even the creepy ones, just because they are so interesting. EXCEPT FOR JAPANESE BEETLES! I'm writing a post about the pond too, but focusing on fall colors and sunset. You'll see!

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  26. Great pictures, I love the multi color dragonfly

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  27. What beautiful photography! I LOVE the dragonflies...they are very special to me :-)

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  28. Lovely images. I love the grasshopper photo. I tried yesterday to photograph one without success. They are just to darn hoppy.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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