August 1, 2011
Whoo hoo - I got one!!! After seeing all of the wonderful dragonfly shots, I finally had about 3 seconds to catch this one in our yard. I just love seeing all the shots that the SmugMugers post of these wonderful creatures, so it was a thrill to get this one. I've only been lucky enough to get one other one (or at least a decent picture of one) about a year or so ago, and according to Papamugger, that one was a Damselfly. I'm going to have to defer to Papa to tell us what this one is, as I have no clue.
Check it out in X2 - it's pretty cool. I love the way it looks like they have 'helmets' on.
Thanks so much to everyone for all that really nice comments on the Chicago at night shot , I was just overwhelmed with the response and really, really appreciated them all very much.
I'm posting tomorrow's shot a little early as I'll be on the road - driving this time, so won't have much time to post. I'm hoping to comment tomorrow evening though.
Have a great week!!!
Follow up: Papamugger says that this is a Checkered Setwing that is found mostly in Texas and Oklahoma (is that a red OU helmet on his head?). Thanks for the information from the Dragonfly King!
July 7, 2011
This is the last of the four balloons that were flying in line down the Rio Grande Gorge. Being able to take a hot air balloon ride was one of the things on my "Bucket List" that I'm now able to scratch off the list. But I can tell you that the ride was so much fun, that I'll do it again if I ever get the chance. It's so quiet and peaceful being above the earth early in the morning. It's a very cool experience. I'd highly recommend it to all Smugmuggers.
Check out the detail in the larger sizes - processed with Topaz Adjust using the mild detail filter.
Thank you all for your comments on yesterday's balloon shot, they are very much appreciated!
July 6, 2011
Here's another shot of the morning ride in the hot air balloons. There were 4 balloons. I took this shot of the two lead balloons from the 3rd balloon that we were in, and there was another balloon behind ours. We are flying down the Rio Grande Gorge and this shot was taken about 7:15 in the morning. As you can see the lighting was a little tough, but I liked the way the river and the bridge are still in early morning shadow as the balloons rode high in the sun that morning. We actually did fly down very close to the water a little bit further down the river, and it was cool to be able to see the rushing water from the air. Check this out in X3 as the details are easier to see in the larger size.
Thanks to everyone for your comments on the gas pumps yesterday, they are very much appreciated!!