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Wild Thing...I Think I Love You

As I have been working at cleaning out my photo folders this week, I found that I was collecting Dragonfly Photos over many months' time...




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This section is all about wildflowers and such today with mouse-over captions [scroll mouse over images for text --I don't think the mouseover works with the Lightbox Enlargement tho, just the blog post only]. Kinda an eclectic array of photos from the past several months as I continue to delete some from folders. From Springtime in and around the Coastal Bend, to the summer's Button Bush; found on the islands, in-town parks and so on. Mostly what Bud and I see when we go walking and birding. Other than birds.  My favorite here is the cat tail---










If you're reading the mouseover captions, the last image, the seaweed [sargassum]....it's a nasty time of year on the beaches! This happens yearly; seasonal. The seaweed is an unending nuisance for beach-goers. Several yards out to sea with the ocean currents, the water is a sickly brown-yellow with this weed washing in to shore. It smells like something from the sewer, and the odor really isn't pleasant to us humans...but boy, oh boy, the shore birds love it!! The two counties that cover my local area have heavy equipment on the beaches daily to scoop it up...but to no avail...new washes in as they work the area. Oh, and by the way, it's edible and supposedly a good dietary source...Bah!!! Stinky, nasty smelling, like limburger cheese...I don't eat either!!

Texas Seaweed Nutrition Facts

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  1. HI Anni great shots of the Dragonflies and also of all the flowers. Have a wonderful weekend..

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    1. ...thank you kindly Margaret.

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  2. Good Morning, Anni! Wonderful captures of the dragonflies.. And the wildflowers are gorgeous. I think the one called bottlebrush is my favorite.. Very pretty. Thank you for linking up to my critter party, have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thank you Eileen...and thanks for hosting.

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  3. Great shots of these flighty insects, Anni! I still cannot find a link to I'd rather be birding, but will keep trying... Have a great day.

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    1. ...thanks Jo. I left you instructions today hoping that will help you.

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  4. I loved your photos...dragonflies and flowers are beutiful!!
    Have a happy weekend!

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  5. Dragonflies are so cool! I like the flowers too - the button bush is very unusual. Yuk to seaweed!

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    1. ...yuk indeed. Yes, that Button bush is pretty, I agree.

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  6. Love that esperanza picture and those dragonfly pictures are amazing!!

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    1. ...glad to read of you enjoyment visiting with me.

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  7. I read those seaweed facts and think I'll skip it, too. But I loved your pretty flower pictures. I moused over them and think I'm in love with the beautiful button bush. :-)

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    1. OH yes...skip the nutrition value and consider it bird food.

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  8. Well I think the best critter is the mouse over caption ha ha I love these, very clever. I think your dragonfly photos are wonderful.
    Wren x

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    1. ...thank you. The mouseover is a fun thing, but I don't do it often.

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  9. My husband and stepdaughter eat seaweed at Japanese restaurants...I don't get it. Yucky! I always think of it as the thing you have to walk around when you're on the beach!

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    1. ...yep, and all the contaminants within.

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  10. Nature pictures always make me feel happy. These are nice, especially the button bush shot!

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    1. Ms. G ---it's been a long time since you've stopped by. I was thinking that perhaps you may be moving to your summer place? I'm gonna hop over to Connections More and see what's new. Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the post.

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  11. sweet dragons and blooms. :)

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  12. Love dragonflies and your pictures are great. So hard to photograph.
    I hear or read that dragonflies eat mosquitoes and to encourage them to your yard, get some bamboo poles and place them about four feet high in the ground for them to lite on. Our grandson and I did that and the dragonflies did use them. Need to get me some more bamboo poles because we have too many mosquitoes. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z.

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    1. ...great idea. That explains why so many dragonflies are seen around bamboo in zoos. Now I know, thanks to you.

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  13. I adore having a dragonfly hover close!

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    1. ...wehn out chasing balls? Or golfing? On a hot sizzling day when the mower dies?

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  14. Excellent dragonfly shots, and beautiful blooms.
    Karen & Beep

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  15. I love the bottle brush plant and the button bush. Never heard of the button bush, but it is very cool looking! I am loving the mouseover thing!!!

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    1. ...the button bush is a great attraction in the gardens here. Thanks Ginny.

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  16. Hi again Anni, I remember now that you're several hours behind me here in East Africa. I'll link tomorrow when I know the link is open. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Greetings Jo

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    1. ...will look forward to your linking then tomorrow!! Thanks Jo.

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  17. Flora is spectacular

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    1. ....a good time of year this season for flowers!!

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  18. I love both the dragonflies and the flowers. The seaweed sounds like nasty stuff. I don't think I would eat it either.

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    1. ...nope, me no go for consuming seaweed, when you think about all the 'yucky' stuff in the ocean these days.

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  19. Beautiful series of photos.

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  20. Cool shots of the dragonflies! Love the button bush plant, too. (I think that's the name)

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    1. ...thanks Gail. Yep, the white round blossom is the button bush blossom.

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  21. What a nice collection of images! I love flowers,so this was right up my line.

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    1. ...thanks Ruth....glad you enjoyed the flowers.

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  22. Enjoyed your blog today...interesting info on that coast seaweed♪ I liked your choice for the thumbnail in the hop...http://lauriekazmierczak.com/gondola/

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  23. Hi Anni. Snap .... Dragon on the menu here as well. Loved viewing all the pretty flowers. I've never tried seaweed and I guess it will stay that way!

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    1. You and me both...seaweed can be for the birds so to speak as far as I'm concerned. LOVED your dragons today Frank.

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  24. love your selection of flowers Anni. I need to clean out my folders too.

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    1. it's been hot and humid and sometimes rainy, so cleaning out folders was on the 'to do' list. lol. Thanks Felicia.

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  25. I have picture I taken an never done anything with them...Haven't seen a dragon fly this year.
    There interesting insected.
    Coffee is on

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    1. ...is your area in a drought too, then? Seems when it rains the dragonflies come out to consume the mosquitoes.

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  26. I don't know what I find more fascinating, the picture of the button bush or the size of that pile of seaweed

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    1. ...well, knowing the odor of the seaweed, I'd opt for the button bush. lol

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  27. Beautiful dragongflies, flowers, and a good laugh. Love the cat tail!

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    1. Actually....I WAS gonna use that photo of the cat tail for Rubbish Tuesday.

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  28. Your dragonflies are great, I like the one with the blue eyes, and their smiles. I also like the bottlebrush from when I lived in San Diego.

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  29. Lovely flowers and gossamer-winged beauties.

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  30. Amazing photos, good job!

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  31. Stunning photos, Anni! I was wondering - do your post tittles have anything to do with song lyrics? There was one from "We've Only Just Begun" and this one sounds like it came from a David Cassidy's song?

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