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Another Pond Day

2008.07.17
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Blue Dasher Dragonfly
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Blue Dasher
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Widow Skimmer Dragonfly
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The dragonfly larva, before it gets wings, swims around in the pond. Yet another one of the creatures "in progress" in this habitat.
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It wasn't until I got home and put this up on the screen that I realized what it was: a truncated dragonfly, probably mostly eaten by one of its several predators (bird, reptile, or amphibian). As a result, I now think it looks rather more like a primate -- a sort of alien orangutan climbing a rope.
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Little Wood-Satyr
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Creamy phlox
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Wineberries
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Pearl Crescent butterfly on Black-eyed Susan
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Small sunflowers
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When Peter held these guys up, it reminded me of the days when he used to play with finger puppets. The painted turtle seems to be waving hello to the baby snapper.
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This painted turtle was as big as a serving platter.
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I hung out with a group of five Canada Geese born this spring. They had some funny ways of keeping cool.
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They spend an awful lot of time preening.
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Still a little amorous activity taking place in the pond.
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Another creature in transition
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"Can I come out now?"
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A life cut short, decomposing back into the pond.
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Grey Catbird
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I watched a different bird go after this moth until this bird cut him off in the air and snatched it for himself.
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Sometimes, all you can get is a silhouette -- even after waiting for 20 minutes for the bird to hop out of the shadows. This is an Eastern Towhee.
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This was our third day at the pond this week. Peter reconnected with his friends the baby turtles, and I got some better shots of dragonflies!
10 Comments
????? What a tremendous variety! Those dragonfly shots are first rate - that debodied one bizarre!

Thanks for the wineberry shot - don't have those here - I thought maybe it was a different name for something we do have but they look different altogether. Was this a last photo before they disappeared?
????? · 2008-07-17: 22:35
CJLata I love these shots. What a great way to spend time with your son.
CJLata · 2008-07-18: 00:29
????? again, great photos! i'm very impressed with your knowledge of the species!
????? · 2008-07-18: 16:10
emilith9 Amazing.
The last one is my favorite.
emilith9 · 2008-07-18: 18:45
miclaud A very beautiful serie! The #5 is curious...
miclaud · 2008-07-18: 21:34
Mikusagi Beautiful dragonflies! I've always been fascinated with their larva... Beautiful butterflies too! Well, beautiful everything!
Mikusagi · 2008-07-19: 13:52
astrobrojler #5 is one of the most disturbing shots that I've seen on Photoblog. Strong and outstanding.
astrobrojler · 2008-07-20: 13:49
eljapa Wow, what a set!! You have to show me that pond one day, i could spend hours and hours shooting pictures. How can you get so close to a dragonfly, amazing and so beautiful, #5 is so weird... is that for real??? tssss its strange!
eljapa · 2008-07-20: 16:23
ncshutterbug This is SUCH an amazing set. I love each and every one of them. The amorous frogs photo is so gorgeous - beautiful greens, and I can almost touch the water. #5 is bizarre indeed - and I immediately thought the same as you. It looks like a monkey indeed! I wonder if it can survive like that?

Absolutely gorgeous set. I love them all.
ncshutterbug · 2008-07-22: 17:26
Lynda Lovely nature set.
Lynda · 2008-08-14: 10:41
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Category: Animals
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Tagged: pond insects reptiles amphibians nature turtle dragonfly frog goose geese butterfly
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