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07-30-2014 - Canyon de Chelly National Monument        Link to Photo Without Frame
I believe this is Argia fumipennis, known by its common name of Variable Dancer.  (Order Odonata, Family Coenagrionidae).  If so, a possible refinement of the identification is a male of the sub-species A. f. violacea, based on the blue tip.  A common name for that subspecies is Violet Dancer.  The females of this species are brown. If I've erred in my identification, I hope someone more knowledgable will set me straight.  DP211-2014  Posted July 30; processed ditto I could easily have seen this damselfly before and not realized it.  It's quite petite, and unless seen up close, or in an enlarged image, you wouldn't know it was violet.  It seems to be a fairly common, widespread species.  Hiding in plain sight, you might say.  For an alternative shot, more from above than from the side, see here:  http://smu.gs/XdvvJT.  Seen on the boardwalk in Mill Creek Park, Dexter, Michigan Taken July 29, 2014 Title:  Violet Damselfly - Variable Dancer  I'm glad so many of you got a kick out of my post yesterday of the non-fishing fisherman.  It ended up being the most viewed of any of my DailyPhotos posts so far - by a wide margin.
The  Dingle lighthouse is maintained by Dingle Harbour Commissioners and was built in 1885 for a total cost of €747.88. Its purpose is to guide boats to the seaward of the Crow Rock which may be seen off Eask Tower to the west.  There is a nice walk from the Skellig Hotel out to the lighthouse which follows the edge of the harbour.
Rare view of a blue whale raising its tail during a dive  Blue whales are so large that you only very rarely see their tail during a dive, unlike the humpback whales that routinely raise their tails when diving.  Off Isla Carmen, Sea of Cortez    Its a fun challenge trying to get good photos of sea mammals since where and when they surface is quite unpredictable.  Sometimes, when the water conditions are calm, you can see them underwater, just before they surface, as a distortion on the surface of the water - that results in the best shots.   A collage of the sequence of the tail raise can be seen here, along with some blue whale, humpback whale and dolphin shots: http://goo.gl/seZWws  30/07/14 www.allenfotowild.com
Wednesday, July 30, 2014  "COME RAIN OR COME SHINE"  "She who has roses in her garden must surely have roses in her heart." ~ Unknown  SOOC, uncropped; flash didn't fire  Friendship, Joy, and Good Health..............  "Long associated with the sun and its life-giving warmth, yellow is the age-old spokes-color for warm feelings of friendship and optimism. In many Eastern cultures, the color represents joy, wisdom and power. But while any yellow flower will send a lighthearted message, the history of the yellow rose in particular has an optimistic, serendipitous character that really makes it the complete package."  "By the 18th century the worldwide love of roses was in full swing, but they were only cultivated in shades of pink and white. At last, the elusive yellow rose was discovered growing wild in the Middle East, and the European love affair with yellow roses was born. The early yellow rose lacked the sweet scent for which the rose is famous, however, which was not to be tolerated. So, as cultivation methods were developed and refined, the beloved sweet-and-spicy rose scent was soon introduced and the yellow rose achieved all its optimistic and aromatic glory."  ~ Reprinted texts from here: http://www.proflowers.com/blog/history-and-meaning-of-yellow-roses  Have a bright and cheerful day!  Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum 115 South Bayou Avenue Cleveland, MS  (photo taken 6/25/2014)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
July 30 - Wooden Bridge  I processed this image from my archives.  Last fall I posted one in the dailies that was a color one and from a different angle.  I decided to post  this black and white version today.  The color version can be found here: http://www.jmannimages.com/Country/i-XgbBZPh   Thanks so much for your comments on my Three Mule Deer image I posted yesterday!
July 30, 2014  Thanks to everyone for the comments on the "Girls - Just Having Fun" shot yesterday.  I am very grateful and appreciative.  I had a really crazy day yesterday and little time to do fun stuff myself, so I'm sorry that I wasn't good at commenting on your photos.  I'll try to be better in the coming days.  This is a single portrait of Granddaughter Ashlee from she & her girlfriend's shoot - trying to look like a modern day Lois Lane.  She wouldn't have a clue who Lois Lane was, but this was her "photo journalist" dress.    It was a fun day.  You all have a fun day too!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
Port Townsend Marina
Small Spreadwing Damselfly One of many along the paths of the Danube Island.
July 30.  Old Chevrolet.  Was so excited to see that my neighbor finally exposed this truck.  He always had a car parked in front of it, now I got to see it!
7-30-14
Desolate World  Jul 30 The lake recedes as the drought stakes its territory.
30/07/2014  I'm not a real dog person but this little guy is so adorable! My next door neighbor has two of these and they are so friendly and Ruthless had to go to his owner's Dad, but his new doggy is called Spot, a Boxer pup , and so beautiful! Ruthless doesn't get on well with her  small grandchildren. I miss him. Oh well, I have my kitties and a cockatiel named Elliott , or ET!  Happy Monday!  xxxx
29.07.14 - Weird World :)  This is another shot from the punch and Judy Festival in town at the weekend, such a lot of fun!  Thank-you for your kind words on my shot yesterday, most of my time is being taken up by Tell Them of Us now, I will keep you updated.
07-30-2014 - Canyon de Chelly National Monument      

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