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With all the wonderful rainfall we've been getting, the dragonfly population has exploded!! Early in the morning, our front yard is quite literally a massive invasion of them, and they're consuming all those nasty Texas-sized mosquitoes!! But, I must admit, if I see one from the corner of my eye, those dragonflies seem the size of hummingbirds; they're so huge...



...oh, and by the way, quite a while ago, I mentioned to Ginny that in our yard we have two hybrid hibiscus bushes [they're going bananas this year!] that have much smaller blossoms AND they have variegated leaves...from white and green dappled pigments to light pink, green, white and rose colored leaves. Ginny asked me to share them in photos. I finally remembered to get some pictures to give a show n tell ---


[linking up to TODAY'S FLOWERS]



SCIENCE TIDBIT: Did you know there are only TWO days in a year that the sun rises DUE EAST?!!! That is the on Sunday this year...the Autumnal Equinox and then next year on The First Day of Spring!!! - the Vernal Equinox
    from EARTH-Sky this is quoted: "No matter where you are on Earth, you have a due east and due west point on your horizon. That point marks the intersection of your horizon with the celestial equator – the imaginary line above the true equator of the Earth. At the equinoxes, the sun appears overhead at noon as seen from Earth’s equator. That’s the definition of an equinox: it’s when the sun crosses the celestial equator, as seen in Earth’s sky. That’s why the sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on the day of an equinox. The sun is on the celestial equator, and the celestial equator intersects all of our horizons at points due east and due west. This fact makes the day of an equinox a good day for finding due east and due west from your yard or other favorite site for watching the sky..."



...and speaking of Texas:




Due to the large number of jobs moving from California to Texas, the Lone Star State has compiled a "Californian to Texan" translation guide...
CALIFORNIA
TEXAS


Delicate Wetlands
Swamp

Arsenal of Weapons

Gun Collection
Cruelty-Free Materials
Synthetic Fiber
Assault and Battery
Attitude Adjustment
Heavily Armed
Well-protected
Narrow-minded
Righteous
Taxes or Your Fair Share
Coerced Theft
Commonsense Gun Control
Gun Confiscation Plot
Illegal Hazardous Explosives
Fireworks for Stump Removal
Nonviable Tissue Mass
Unborn Baby
Equal Access to Opportunity
Socialism
Multicultural Community
High Crime Area
Fairness or Social Progress
Marxism
Upper Class or "The Rich "
Self-Employed
Progressive, Change
Big Government Scheme
Homeless or Disadvantaged
Bums or Welfare Leeches
Sniper Rifle
Scoped Deer Rifle
Investment For the Future
Higher Taxes
Healthcare Reform
Socialized Medicine
Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater
Conservative
Truants
Homeschoolers
Victim or Oppressed
Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing
High Capacity Magazine
Standard Capacity Magazine
Religious Zealot
Church-going
Reintroduced Wolves
Sheep and Deer Killers
Fair Trade Coffee
Overpriced Yuppie Coffee
Exploiters or "The Rich "
Employed or Land Owner
The Gun Lobby
NRA Members
Assault Weapon
Semi-Auto (Grandpa's M1 Carbine)
Fiscal Stimulus
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Same Sex Marriage
Legalized Perversion
Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting
Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs

65 comments :

  1. Hi Anni...

    nice macro photos !! Amazing :)

    Greetings and enjoy your weekend

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  2. I love your dragonflies- haven't seen any here yet, but I did hear an army of frogs croaking last night, so maybe they'll eat up some mosquitoes, too.

    Love your hibiscus- they are just about perfect for this climate.

    And the Texas California list? STILL laughiing!

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    1. Ya...anything or anyONE who consumes mosquitoes is always on my GOOD list. :o)

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  3. And I also want to add there's a comment for you by one of my friends on my last post~

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    1. ...thanks, I visited with Jennifer today.

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    2. Thank you Anni! I love your Texas/California list. We would be considered truants in California. Thank you for helping us to get through all of that artfully crafted lingo that keeps the politics empty of common sense!

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    3. ...thanks Jennifer, for stopping by today.

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  4. Love your dragonfly photos....:)
    One thing I got upset with our handsome Gov. Perry was when he started urging folks from Calif. to come out West !!!

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    1. ....oh bj, you and I agree 'bout the Gov....he IS nice to look at isn't he?

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  5. You got some amazing dragonfly pictures! Your hibiscus is so pretty. I wish they grew well here.
    I say again - I love Texas! That list was the best.

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    1. I ♥ Texas too!!! Y'know, hibiscus survived Colorado winters...they 'died off' but came back in the summer. Maybe you should try one once.

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  6. I had no idea that the sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox! Thank you for this very interesting little tidbit. I wonder if that's why the rumor started that you can balance an egg on that day. And I love hibiscus! Thanks for the pictures. :-)

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    1. ...now I did not know that about the egg balance thingie!! We both learned something today. ;o)

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  7. i like our dragons here, too. :)

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    1. ...there's so many 'bout now, it's like a military force. LOL

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  8. That's a herd of dragonflies! I LOVE your CA to TX chart! Have a great weekend!

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    1. ...enjoy your weekend too Terri

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  9. Great macro shots of beautiful dragonflies ~ great post too!

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    1. I'm happy to know you enjoyed the post today!

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  10. Terrific dragonfly captures!

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  11. Wonderful shots of the dragonflies and flowers.

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  12. Lovely shots of the dragonflies and your hibiscus flowers. I like the translation guide.

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  13. Great post Anni, love the translation guide and the photos of the flowers, also the science info. Have a great weekend. We're off to pick up our English friends in about an hour.

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    1. How fun!!! Enjoy the visitors!! I know you will.

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  14. Our hibiscus is going crazy this year, too! I've so enjoyed their bright red blossoms. Too funny on the Calif to Texas translations. Big lols!!

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    1. You wonder why the season is so good for hibiscus then?

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  15. Hi Anni of course we love your photos but the CA to TX translation is hilarious!!
    Hugs madi and mom

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  16. Those do look like some pretty big dragon flies and the hibiscus are gorgeous.
    Loved the translations too

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    1. ...they ARE very large here in Texas.

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  17. Your flowers are so beautiful. And very funny how they changed California words to Texan! lol. sandie

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    1. ...nah, I think it's the other way around, Texas was here firs. LOL

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  18. I love dragonflies. We have them in our yard, my daughter is scared of them - lol

    Nice pictures :)

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    1. I can understand her fear.

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  19. Guess if I wanted to get up at sunrise tomorrow, I could use the sun as a fine compass. However, I don't think that's going to happen. What is a yard flower for you would be a hothouse indoor plant for me!

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    1. We used to have them in the ground in Colorado...very few, and right up on the foundation of the house. They'd die off, but come back in the late Spring.

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  20. I sure would like to take such nice pictures of dragonflies as yours! Love 'em. Also feel like I would never fit in CA but TX sounds just right.

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  21. Thank you so much for posting your flowers, they are just beautiful!!! The equinox thing has always confused me a bit, Phil was just telling me that on both equinoxes, day and night are equal all over the world, THAT is hard to believe!!

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    1. You're welcome. And the sunrise/sunset stuff is confusing to Bud also.

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  22. Dear Annie,

    you're beautiful photos again.
    I do break something not every day in my blog, because I have back pain and can not sit.

    Much love for you by Matilda ♥

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    1. ...sorry to hear of your back pain. That can't be ANY fun.

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  23. Wonderful dragonfly shots! Love those little dragons when I can get them to sit still. :)
    LOVED your California to Texas translation!

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    1. ...they DO flit around a lot don't they?

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  24. The dragon fly captures are superb. Especially the one against the blue sky!
    Your hibiscus shot too is terrific!

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  25. You always make me giggle!
    I like the dragonflies.
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  26. P.S. Forgot to say how much I enjoyed your dragonfly shots, they are superb!

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    1. ...glad you liked the dragons Ginny.

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  27. I live in California and would fit in very well in Texas, I agree with the Texas definitions. Love dragon flies.

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    1. With the TX version, it makes more sense. LOL

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  28. I was born and raised in California and agree with some and not others, cute though. We finally got rain yesterday, we had been a month with none and after the wet summer a month was much too long! Great pictures. Hope you had a grand weekend and Happy Autumn!

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    1. well, it was supposed to be funny. At least I thought it was. LOL Happy Autumn to you too.

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  29. Awesome dragonfly captures, Anni! Have a happy Sunday!

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    1. Thanks Eileen...loved your island photo share this weekend.

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  30. Send me some of your Dragonflies ... we have lots of mosquitoes for them. Actually, we have had quite a few come in and have a feast in the back yard and I am always so happy to see them. Love your pictures ... they are so hard to picture.

    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures
    Texas

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    1. Bud and I went birding this morning, and there were TONS of dragonflies everywhere we looked....but the mosquitoes were 10 times aplenty!!

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    1. Hope you have a great week too Denise

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  32. lol the post on CA n TX it is about the truth, lived in CA for year 3 monts way different than home lol thanks for the smile, I caught some awesome Red Dragonfiles in CA they say the red ones are only out there...Ill post pic of it soon

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