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Morning Warm-Up

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Morning Warm-Up
Morning Warm-Up


Basking in the morning sun, a blue dasher dragonfly "recharges" his flight muscles for a busy day ahead - mostly comprised of a couple hundred laps around the pond at Zilker Botanical here in Austin. Dragonflies are voracious carnivores and I've read they can consume their weight in various small insects in about 30 minutes time ... sorta the way I wish my metabolism could handle a tray of freshly baked raspberry-filled donuts.. :)

Have a Happy Tuesday!

D&M

Resub 04/14
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Lorna Shutter
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    WOWEE, Ms. U.S.A.!!! What an amazing Macro you have here! The colours are so beautiful and your detail is superb!!! I love everything about this image! I'm sure we'll see it again! Absolutely gorgeous! What if we split the tray of donuts?! LOL! :D


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10/9/2012 5:10:37 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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I am laughing out loud about those donuts. Funny.... but so true.

A magnificient macro, Val. Gorgeous.


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10/9/2012 5:39:11 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Fabulous macro, Val! And I hear you on the doughnut thing!


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10/9/2012 5:43:10 AM

 
Don Christiana
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Val, this is a stunning macro image. You have captured all the wonderful colors and details of the dragonfly along with the florals and perfect background. I know this will be back as a gold winner.


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10/9/2012 6:05:58 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Valarie,Grand prize winner my friend.That is absolutely beautiful.Excellent clarrity!!!


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10/9/2012 6:13:58 AM

 
Susan Williams
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Wow, this is a fantastic image, Val. The details and colors are gorgeous. We'll surely be seeing this again. Outstanding work!


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10/9/2012 6:41:23 AM

 
Terry Cervi
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I could go for a raspberry donut right now paired with my freshly made cup of Pacific Rim Extra Bold! Instead I have to settle for my Fage yogurt with peaches. LOL. What an amazing shot, my friend!! You've captured some amazing detail in this outstanding macro!


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10/9/2012 6:45:25 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Hi Val, your work never ceases to amaze me, my friend!!! Someone mentioned gold and I have to agree!!!!
By the way, my metabolism is sort of the opposite from that of the dragon fly, but I could never turn down a freshly baked "anything", lol...


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10/9/2012 6:51:30 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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I'm with Gord on the metabolism and the baked goods. LOL. What a show stopper you have here. Most certainly has to be a winner.


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10/9/2012 8:07:28 AM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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WOW, this is absolutely gorgeous, Val! Love those colors. Our dragonflies seems to always land on a stick around here which doesn't always make for a great capture. This is fabulous!


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10/9/2012 8:09:46 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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This many-faceted gem of an image, along with your almost poetic description make your entry a joy to experience.


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10/9/2012 12:03:33 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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All I can say is "phenomenal" & "beautiful"! Good luck with this, Val!


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10/9/2012 2:35:47 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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This is absolutely a winning image, Val! The colors, clarity composition and the soft background are exquisite! Love your description and I will have a donut too!


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10/9/2012 10:02:54 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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I agree with everyone..this gorgeous glutton is destined for Gold! Bring on the donuts, we'll all celebrate!


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10/9/2012 11:15:25 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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I am in absolute AWE of this outstanding image,Val!! Details,colours,clarity and composition are fantastic!! We'll see it again and again!!


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10/10/2012 3:18:32 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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WINNER VAL. This is one of the most amazing macros I have seen in a long time from the translucent wings, royal purple color, exquisite details on the dragonfly and overall composition and presentation. Magical for sure.


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10/10/2012 9:13:44 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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Wow! Gorgeous image Val! I'll take six of those raspberry filled donuts....


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10/10/2012 9:19:21 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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I'd like to eat like a hummingbird..LOL Very nice of that beautiful colored dragonfly to land on such a pretty flower for you!! Awesome!


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10/11/2012 1:55:38 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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I'd like to eat like a hummingbird..LOL Very nice of that beautiful colored dragonfly to land on such a pretty flower for you!! Awesome!


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10/11/2012 1:55:39 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Thanks much everyone - always appreciate the stop-by! :) :)


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10/11/2012 4:17:37 PM

 
Nadia Paul
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This is just stunning Val - the colours and light are magic and the details beautiful - winner my friend! Oh, is it too late for my order of donuts lol!


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10/11/2012 5:52:20 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Wonderful clarity, Val!


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10/11/2012 7:56:34 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Super superb capture, Val!!!


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10/13/2012 5:27:10 PM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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Raspberry filled are my fave's too. What an amazing macro Ms.Val, lighting and detail are exceptional.


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10/14/2012 4:44:51 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Super color, comp and clarity Val..perfectionj!

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10/14/2012 7:45:49 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Fabulous Dragonfly macro image, Val! Love the color, and sharp details!


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10/16/2012 7:00:30 AM

 
Julie Burnett
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Like everyone else, I'm FLOORED by this, Val!! Simply an amazing image, and a winner for sure!!


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10/18/2012 5:02:56 AM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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You have a terrific gift of bringing out the beauty in your captures Val. This image exhibits elegant colors that I find so engaging. Love the fine details and colors of the dragonfly beautifully highlighted by the background.


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10/18/2012 4:28:07 PM

 
Teresa Moore
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AMAZING!


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10/18/2012 7:10:32 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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I've been away and so I am just getting to this now, Val! But it is SPECTACULAR!! Amazing macro of this DF - the clarity and detail are out of this world and the colors are fantastic! Love the purple flowers, the blue DF and that glorious background and light! More GOLD for sure!


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10/18/2012 9:55:58 PM

 
PATRICIA A. CASEY
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I don't know how I missed this one Val...lovely, lovely! I'm sure we will see this one again.....a winner in my book....what a gorgeous dragonfly....


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11/9/2012 5:01:43 AM

 
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5/30/2014 12:29:07 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on another great POTD, Ms.V!


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5/30/2014 1:04:30 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats and very best luck with this super beautiful capture, Val!!!


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5/30/2014 1:50:22 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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BIG CONGRATS, Val- hope to see again.


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5/30/2014 2:06:18 PM

 
Debbie Bray
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Another beauty, Miss Val, this is also superb! Wonderful work, I love the purple flowers in this lovely image as well!!


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5/30/2014 2:11:58 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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I don't know how you do it, but you sure do it well, this is amazing!! Congratulations on the finalist, this is truly beautiful. Go grab a raspberry doughnut and celebrate!!


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5/30/2014 3:45:38 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Amazing detail and color ... Congrats, Val!


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5/30/2014 6:49:24 PM

 
Nadia Paul
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Glad to see this beauty sporting a badge Val, although it should be gold - congrats!


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5/31/2014 7:03:23 PM

 
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