Thursday, July 19, 2012

Las Libélulas

Flame Skipper
I have many favorite words in Spanish.  Today, here's one of them.  "Lee-bay-loo-lah".  Now go ahead, say it outloud. It's fun, isn't it?  It's your Spanish word for the day and our photo theme.  Some of us love getting pics of birds or butterflies or people.....but the one thing I think I've seen in almost everyone's post is the magic of a dragonfly.  It's the one unifying factor of the blogger world.  No matter how hard I try not to film them, it always seems to backfire.......because quite simply, they are amazing.  These shots were taken from June up until now.  For more fun info on them, check out Jill's post on their historical significance with people.
Blue Dasher

Mexican Amber Wing



Blue Dasher

12 Spotted Skimmer

Common Whitetail Skimmer

30 comments:

  1. They are magnificent. Not something I see on the rim.

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  2. A cacophony of dragonflies, actually, they are beautiful.

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  3. Your dragonfly shots are awesome. What a great collection. You know I was expecting their to see their names too. Great shots.

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    1. :) Can I admit to being lazy today?:) Several I've labeled in past posts, but there are two(the red and the yellow) that are newer shots. I was visiting a rose garden in the middle of the city when these numbers were found flying around me. I am curious about the yellow one.....I haven't seen this number before and it was a cool find:)

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  4. Hello,
    Nice shots!!
    These dragonflies are always beautiful creatures to photograph.

    Greetings, Marco

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  5. Yes, las libelulas are beautiful and the name sounds pretty in Spanish. The German name is pretty too "Libelle" I always think of ballet dancers, they are so light on their wings and so beautifully ethereal.

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  6. I've been working so hard 11 hours a day that I'm so tired lately to even visit my own blogs. Oh well. However this caught my attention and reminded me of something I read some time back. So here's a special science lesson just for you.


    High Oxygen Levels Spawn Monster Dragonflies


    Now if you can read past many of the religious assertions and other storytelling metaphysics in the article, it does have some interesting points of past possibilities. It should also tricgger some creative possibilities in the form of practical applications in Earth's restoration, but don't count on it.

    I find the ancient Earth fascinating. It was far more bio-diverse in every way. I've spent a long some reading of the ancient Redwood forests which seem to have been everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, even your northern Arizona. But the Arctic is the most interesting. Especially since the Global Warming has reveal large stump fields and burried redwood logs. The incredible thing though is not just the redwood findings, but the fact that the wood is so well preserved. It's real mummified wood as opposed to Petrified Forest rock as your Navajo Petrified Forest.

    I remember the first time I road that Disneyland Train which traveled the Park's perimeter. It takes thru a trip in Dinosaurus land. The first primeval world you come to are all those giant fern forest with those two foot wingspan Dragonflies. What an incredible find to discover such a fossil. So the experiment done was nevertheless interesting despite whatever version of storyline the researchers chose to spin it.


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  7. Śliczne i w różnych kolorach. Mnie się jeszcze w tym roku nie udało "złapać" aparatem ważki. Jakoś ich nie ma. Pozdrawiam.
    Cute and in different colors. To me this year has failed to "catch" the dragonfly camera. Somehow they do not. Yours.

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  8. I too love that word. I'm hoping I can remember it long enough to use it! Great photos, too. I'm headed over to Jill's place!

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  9. It's amazing how many people (and cultures) love dragonflies! I checked out Jill's post, very interesting. I became so fascinated with dragonflies that I wrote a middle-grade fantasy story in which dragonflies are really the dragons of ancient times. I also created a "dragonfly" pond in my backyard and am happy to say that I have some massive and rather scary looking nymphs crawling around in it. I'm trying to get some good underwater photos of them and will blog about them when I do. Needless to say I love this post of yours and the gorgeous pics :)

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  10. Stunning collection of dragonfly photos! Their transluscent wings are ethereal. It’s a difficult choice but my favorite is the second one. I like it when their young form is called “nymph”, “spirits of nature” in another meaning.

    Yoko

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  11. Thank you for the lesson: I repeated the word Lee-bay-loo-lah each time I looked at each one of your wonderful pics. All shapes, all colors!

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  12. These shots are amazing! I have always loved dragonflies but it wasn't that long ago that I realized how many different types there are. Each one is so stunning! I am so thankful for people like you that can bring us such beautiful close ups of these beautiful creatures.

    Thanks for the shout out. I guess great minds think alike. ;)

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  13. Hey, another word for my vocabulary...Spanish for so many things in nature sounds better than the English! The one perched on the tip of the Velvet Mesquite is so delicate, yet ready to take off. So many libélulas this summer, tho we missed good rain again...now drier.....

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  14. Beautiful collection of dragonflies. Many words do sound better in spanish.

    We don't have as many different ones in our yard.

    It's so common to mingle spanish and english around here that I have to remember to add translations where needed in the blog.

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  15. Awesome pictures! Dragonflies are such fun to watch.

    Thank you for some new Spanish words. :-)

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  16. the 3rd shot is just wonderful!

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  17. oh my...they are so gorgeous
    ha..and what's with that moon shot....
    looking for a haiku?

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  18. Chris these are amazing. I can never photo a dragonfly (probably because it requires some techno type of "close-up" picture-taking knowledge).

    I have a few favorite Spanish words of my own: taco, burrito, enchilada, cerveza and margarita!

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  19. You're right Chris there is definitely something magical about the dragonfly, I think it may have something to do with their gossamer wings and the way they flit about a little like Peter Pan's Tinkerbell!

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  20. Oh, now I'll be saying that word all day. I think I'll call Tracy up just so I can say it to someone else. It is a wonderful word. Dragonflies are an immense favorite of mine. I have to watch saying things like that because Tracy says everything is my favorite...birds, flowers, songs, bees...the list goes on and on. And, apparently, so am I. :)

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  21. These are absolutely wonderful pictures of dragonflies, you have caught the iridescence of the wings so well. I think the second shot is my favorite.

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  22. Some stunning dragonfly and lighting shots there, especially considering dragons are just so hard to photograph. I gave up and just do birds, bigger to focus on!

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  23. Your shots of the dragonflies is outstanding, Chris.

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  24. Yes it does sound like a fun word to say:))
    You got some wonderful pictures here - those wings look amazing!!

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  25. Love the Spanish word - I'm still repeating it :) Great dragonfly images Chris. They are so hard to take photos of - always on the move but such beautiful creatures.

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  26. OMG... I am on bug wing overload. Beautiful!!
    He could have made those wings just functional but no. I never stop being amazed at the intricate beauty in creation.

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  27. Hi Chris, I love your photos of Las Libélulas..... NEAT word!!!!!! I'll have to say it to my friend --who also speaks Spanish!!!!

    I'm not a dragonfly person --but they really are beautiful. Your photos are some of the BEST.
    Betsy

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  28. beautiful shots!! they really ARE magical! and if you get close enough...they have the cutest little faces...such intricate wings. i love all your pictures!

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  29. Beautiful. I saw a dragonfly the other day. Don't know where it came from as there isn't much water around.

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