Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Golden Dragonfly and the Wood Ducks

They weren’t together but we saw them both on a hike at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon.

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The Golden Dragonfly was the first sighting on the day…

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at the beginning of the trail.

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We had never seen one so large!

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I cropped this one so that you could see the details in his wings.

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And it’s pretty rare for us to get a good sighting of the Wood Ducks that swim in the swamp side of the trail.

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We usually hear them and sometimes get a glimpse of them swimming.

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But they stay back in the Cypress trees in dark areas that are hard to photograph.

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This photo shows the little swirl…showing where he’s swimming.

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And now I’ll show you one..

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right after another…

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to give you a good idea of how beautiful they were…

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once upon a hike….

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at Blue Run Park!

What a magical day!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

32 comments:

Sandra said...

it truly is magical, both dragonfly and wood duck are so beautifully detailed in their design and colors.

Susie said...

Diane, I absolutely love the great shots of the dragonfly. You did a wonderful job showing the wings. The wood ducks marking look amazing. What a beautiful creature. Blessings for a fun weekend. xoxo, Susie

ann said...

Your wood ducks are wonderful. The photos are so good. I have a passion for wood ducks. We have them in Colorado, but not this far north. We have dragon flies, especially with the pond and they are fun to watch and photograph. Lucky you to have such beautiful places to hike and enjoy.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great photos of the dragonfly! Gorgeous!!

Betty Crow said...

Love wood ducks! You sure got some great shots!

Debbie said...

WoW!! awesome images today...so much beautiful detail in the close-ups of the dragonflies!! the wood duck are gorgeous - how can they be real, right??!! i have only seen them once and it was so thrilling. you got some great shots of them!!

happy saturday, have a wonderful weekend!!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh my, what fantastic photos. The dragonfly is so special, dainty and fragile. How wonderful to spot two of them. And the wood ducks - I could never get enough of them. I've never seen one, though I hear there are some at a pond not far from here, but we've never been there at the right time. Hope your weekend is wonderful my dear - we have rain and 54 degrees - after a week of sunshine. Adore your header!

Terri D said...

Magical indeed! Great photos of the dragonflies and those ducks are gorgeous!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I would be tickled over these dragonfly captures, beautiful photos. Great sighting of the wood Ducks, they are so pretty. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Thank you for the comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend!

happyone said...

Amazing detail of the lacy dragonfly wings. The look so delicate.
Those wood ducks have such beautiful coloring. A perfect name for them because they look like they've been carved out of wood.

Linda Walker said...

wow, lovely details on that closeup of the dragonfly! They are amazing aren't they! The ducks are beautiful too...in a couple photos they almost don't look real! You got some nice, up close and personal shots! Impressive! Hope all is well Diane...I've been away from blogland for a while. Just starting to catch up! Have anice weekend,
xx
Linda

Inger said...

Those are very special pictures pf the golden dragonfly. Magical indeed.

Arlene Grimm said...

I love Dragon Flues. Great pictures!! And you WON the giveaway on my blog today. If you will email me your address at agrimm55@hotmail.com I will get it in the mail to you Diane. I thought I had your address from another give away but I cant find it.

Lowcarb team member said...

I enjoyed seeing the ducks ...
The dragonfly shots are all absolutely stunning.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

All the best Jan

Ricki Treleaven said...

I absolutely love wood ducks. I should paint a couple! LOVE Your photos!!!

xo,
RJ

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Fascinating pics of the ducks. They are so interesting to watch. Nice shots of the dragonflies.

Andy Wilson said...

Very nice,

Linda said...

Wonderful photos! Your dragonflies look like fine jewelry!

Hootin' Anni said...

I am SOOOO jealous!! over a decade now I've been on the hunt for wood ducks. And your photos are STUNNING!

Thanks for joining & sharing this post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin.

Mildred said...

Truly magical photographs! Both the dragonfly and the ducks are beautiful. Have a blessed day. xo

Jeannie said...

I have never seen a Golden Dragonfly nor have I been able to get close to those in my yard. Learn something new every day.
Thanks,
Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry.blogspot.com

It's me said...

Wowww beautiful ....Great pictures ...love Ria x ❤️

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I can't believe the size of the dragonflies down here--know I have some good photos of the blue ones and green ones and have seen the golden ones flying, but not sure I have gotten a good photo of them yet!!!
Love the photos and love the duck photos--it is always fun to finally get a photo of something you see so often but not close enough--
enjoy, di

Sam I Am...... said...

What great photos you got and of things I have never seen! I think we had wood ducks up North but I never saw one and I have never seen a golden dragonfly. Their wings are so delicate...it is just amazing! TFS! Have a great week!

Maggie Ann said...

These creations are exquisite! To God be the glory, great things he hath done....

Connie said...

The lace on the wings of a dragonfly are amazing . . . Doesn't God do wonderful work :)

A Colorful World said...

Gorgeous dragonfly shots, and such lovely ducks as well!

Ariadne said...

Oh that dragonfly is as if it jumped out of a fairy tale!AriadnefromGreece!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

The wood ducks are so pretty and the golden dragonfly delicate and fragile.....lovely shots!

Jeanie said...

I don't know what you did to get those dragonflies but they knock my sock off! Those are simply magnificent photos. Bravo. (Love the wood ducks, too!)

Red Rose Alley said...

That is one gorgeous Dragonfly. Your pictures are so clear showing details of this beautiful fellow.

~Sheri

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am so glad I have you on my Feedly list, because otherwise I would have missed this post somehow. And it is wonderful! To see wood ducks in the wild is more than wonderful -- they really are incredibly beautiful. And that dragonfly! Wow. You really found gold on this hike!! Loved this.