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50 Macrophotography / Microphotography of the Dragonfly ~ Macrophotographic Images of Dragonflies

Updated on April 26, 2012
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Of all the insects, dragonflies have to be my personal favorite. So I am pleased to lead you on a journey through the macrophotography of dragonflies. Through the use of macrophotography, we will view dragonflies up close and personal, and observe details that we often do not get the chance to see in our everyday lives.


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Where wings and body meet! Click on the image to display a larger image.
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Macrophotography makes this possible by providing images that are larger than life. And being an image, we don't have to worry about the dragonfly soaring away. We will be able to view them at our leisure. And so our journey begins.


Though the use of macrophotography, we will be able to view their compound eyes, their intricately detailed and long, delicate, membranous wings, and body parts that appear to be armor-like.


We will be able to view the dragonfly like never before, seeing the hairs on its body and the segments of its legs.


We will see the dragonfly as it devours its prey and as it basks in the sun.


We will also have the privilege of seeing dragonflies that are many different colors from many different parts of the world.


To watch a 32 second Wildlife Theater video displaying various types of dragonflies, click here. This video shows many different dragonflies and some of their interesting head movements and mannerisms.




The dragonfly below is an example of one of the vibrantly colored species.

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The dragonfly reminds me of a helicopter, and it is able to hover in mid-air just like a helicopter. It is a skilled aerial acrobat and is able to catch its prey (other insects) on the wing. Many different species of dragonflies exist, most being found near bodies of water.

The dragonfly has a three part body, just like all other insects: a head, a thorax and an abdomen. The abdomen of the dragonfly is extended and slender. The dragonfly also has two huge compound eyes, three pairs of legs and two pair of wings.


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In the image of the dragonfly above, look at the interesting texture of the frons (nose and mouth parts). It has a very interesting dimpling.


As you view the images below, look closely at the delicate veining of their membranous wings, the facets of their compound eyes, their mouth parts, their segmented and barbed legs, their segmented bodies, and the hairs on various parts of their bodies.

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The display of color shown in this photo is truly amazing. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.The delicate spots of color on this dragonfly are a treat for the eyes. Click on the image to display a larger image.Stunning Green Eyes - Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.The compound eyes and furred face and body are clearly displayed by this image of a common Darter Dragonfly. Notice also the very small antenna. Click on the image to display a larger image.The legs of this dragonfly has a vibrant blue stripe. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.
The display of color shown in this photo is truly amazing. Click on the image to display a larger image.
The display of color shown in this photo is truly amazing. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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The delicate spots of color on this dragonfly are a treat for the eyes. Click on the image to display a larger image.
The delicate spots of color on this dragonfly are a treat for the eyes. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
Stunning Green Eyes - Click on the image to display a larger image.
Stunning Green Eyes - Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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The compound eyes and furred face and body are clearly displayed by this image of a common Darter Dragonfly. Notice also the very small antenna. Click on the image to display a larger image.
The compound eyes and furred face and body are clearly displayed by this image of a common Darter Dragonfly. Notice also the very small antenna. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
The legs of this dragonfly has a vibrant blue stripe. Click on the image to display a larger image.
The legs of this dragonfly has a vibrant blue stripe. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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The image below clearly shows the compound and colorful dragonfly's eyes. It is also easily to view the furred face and the barbed legs. By clicking on the image below, a much larger image will be displayed for a even better look at this dragonfly's characteristics.


The beautiful wings of this dragonfly contrast well against its green backdrop.  Click on the image to display a larger image.
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Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.This fuzzy whiskered guy looks like he could use a shave. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.The delicate pattern of this dragonfly's wings is displayed well in this pose. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Dragonfly consuming a moth.
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This fuzzy whiskered guy looks like he could use a shave. Click on the image to display a larger image.
This fuzzy whiskered guy looks like he could use a shave. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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The delicate pattern of this dragonfly's wings is displayed well in this pose. Click on the image to display a larger image.
The delicate pattern of this dragonfly's wings is displayed well in this pose. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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Dragonfly consuming a moth.
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In the photos grouped below, several of these dragonflies are consuming a catch. Also notice the various color patterns on these dragonflies.

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Dragonfly eating a Bumble Bee. Click on the image to display a larger image.This dragonfly is enjoying a casual meal. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Macrophotography of this dragonfly allows us to observe the colors on the plate behind the eyes.Notice the intricate pattern on the body of this dragonfly. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.The dragonfly's antenna can be seen in this image. Click on the image to display a larger image.This dragonfly's mouth is messy because it is in the process of eating an ant. Check out the pattern on this dragonfly's eyes. Click on the image to display a larger image.
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Dragonfly eating a Bumble Bee. Click on the image to display a larger image.
Dragonfly eating a Bumble Bee. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
This dragonfly is enjoying a casual meal. Click on the image to display a larger image.
This dragonfly is enjoying a casual meal. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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Macrophotography of this dragonfly allows us to observe the colors on the plate behind the eyes.
Macrophotography of this dragonfly allows us to observe the colors on the plate behind the eyes. | Source
Notice the intricate pattern on the body of this dragonfly. Click on the image to display a larger image.
Notice the intricate pattern on the body of this dragonfly. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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The dragonfly's antenna can be seen in this image. Click on the image to display a larger image.
The dragonfly's antenna can be seen in this image. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
This dragonfly's mouth is messy because it is in the process of eating an ant. Check out the pattern on this dragonfly's eyes. Click on the image to display a larger image.
This dragonfly's mouth is messy because it is in the process of eating an ant. Check out the pattern on this dragonfly's eyes. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.This dragonfly is dining on a bee it has captured. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Rare is the photo that displays the underside of a dragonfly. Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.Click on the image to display a larger image.The nose's coloring on this dragonfly brings the nose of a cat or dog to mind. Click on the image to display a larger image.
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This dragonfly is dining on a bee it has captured. Click on the image to display a larger image.
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Rare is the photo that displays the underside of a dragonfly. Click on the image to display a larger image.
Rare is the photo that displays the underside of a dragonfly. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source
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The nose's coloring on this dragonfly brings the nose of a cat or dog to mind. Click on the image to display a larger image.
The nose's coloring on this dragonfly brings the nose of a cat or dog to mind. Click on the image to display a larger image. | Source


The video below contains additional macrophotographic images of dragonflies. Some of those images are very stunning.



As a dragonfly completes its life cycle, it goes through an incomplete metamorphosis. When the egg that has been laid in the water hatches, the larva emerges and lives in the water. This larva is called a nymph.

As the nymph grows, it sheds its skin. This process happens many times and each time it emerges larger. When the nymph has reached full maturity, it crawls from the water breaking free from its shell to become a mature dragonfly.

The dragonfly existed as a nymph for 5-6 months followed by an existence as a mature dragonfly for a few weeks.


Below, you can watch a video as a dragonfly nymph crawls from the water followed by its transformation into a dragonfly.


Through the macrophotography of dragonflies, we have observed the dragonfly in all of its marvelous glory.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey through the macrophotography of the dragonfly and will consider joining me once again in another macrophotographic journey:


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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Wow. That last video is amazing! I always wondered how dragonflies were born. This is crazy! Thanks for sharing another awesome hub! Voted up, etc.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      brittanytodd - I'm glad then that I included that last video, although it was not macro based. Last year I rescued one that had fallen while hatching and I allowed it hang onto my hand for about half an hour while it finished the process. I have pictures of it happening somewhere. I was so cool.

      I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for dropping by!

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Wow! That is so cool!!!

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      lzlpio90 5 years ago

      Incredibly awesome!!! this is the first time i've got to look into dragonfly's close up features... very stunning especially their eyes...

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      brittany - I thought so. I have a koi pond that I built in my back yard, so I see lots of dragonflies.

      I that it was cool myself!

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      5 years ago

      Voted up. Great hub.

      Now dragonflies: their shape is a gift for fashion houses designing brooch jewelry!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      lzlpio90 - I am pleased that you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting. I am glad to bring you face to face with a dragonfly through the use of macrophotography.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - I have seen some dragonfly brooches but have not owned any. I am not into a lot of jewelry and If I do were it, I tend to wear the same things over and over. Generally pick it up at thrift stores or garage sales.

      But I love the dragonfly and I thought the macrophotography I was able to find to go with this hub was really good.

      thanks for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      Okay, I see; now I'm understanding more your other comments about earrings, too.

      There are some great jewelry creations around, anyway, based on insects such as dragonflies, beetles, etc. Some of these are quite ornate and thus thoroughly optional.

      I guess for many ppl (though not all, of course) there are some items of jewelry, such as the wedding ring, and earlobe studs, etc. which have come to be regarded as just so indispensable that it would be unthinkable otherwise; but it's good that we are all different, isn't it?

      Blessings.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - if we were all the same, it would definitely be boring. I guess you can say a wedding ring is not optional for me and as far as jewelry goes that is often the only jewelry I wear.

      I do admire the beautiful jewelry, but that's about it. I guess I'm dull and boring in that respect.

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      5 years ago

      Hey, boring no! You and what you show of yourself in the Hubs are very, very interesting.

      Just that for some ppl having studs embedded in the earlobes really is the default setting, I guess.

      Anyway, dragonfly brooches look good, too.

      Blessings.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - I will take that as a compliment. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      YW. And you must know whether you 'need' to fill your holes, I'm sure.

      What can be nice for some ppl is an earring and brooch set, with similar designs.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - both statements are true!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      This is amazing. Beautiful macro photo's of the dragonfly, awesome videos and information. Thanks!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      MartieCoetser - Thanks for dropping by to visit. I am very happy that you found these to be interesting.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Dragonflies are absolutely beautiful creatures and macrophotography shows all that wonderful detail and colour, fabulous!

      I couldn't get the video working, so I will come back to watch that.

      A great hub, thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Movie Master - I'm glad to see that you enjoyed the hub. I checked both videos and did not have any problems. Not sure what the issue was with that.

      Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      I think, anyway, that, for jewelry, the dragonfly shape lends itself more to brooches than to earrings — unless, that it, you like the really bold, swinging pendant earring look.

      Blessings.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - I actually a pair of dragonfly earrings. They are swinging but are very small, the dragonfly being about 1/2 inch long.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      5 years ago

      Sorry, did you mean you own a pair? (maybe missed a word out.) If they are yours you are talking about, they sound like nice ones.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - yes I own a pair. They each dangle down with a leaf dangling behind them. They are very petite.

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      5 years ago

      They sound like they are really nice. There's something just gently elegant about the ones that dangle. (Anyway, just imagine, about the earring collection you've acquired after you went for ear piercing, which you wouldn't be able to wear any more if you let your holes close up!)

      Blessings.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow Cindy!! I must say these photos are absolutely mind blowing.. who knew that dragon flies have fuzzy lips like horses do! LOL! That is what they reminded me of anyway. The photos are stunning..thank you so much for sharing these. Voted up, and all the way across. Loved this!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - I like them, and yes that is perhaps something that I should consider. Thanks.

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      5 years ago

      I always say for earrings/sets of ear piercings, go for it!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Jamie - I can see that - that dragonflies look like horses, especially with their hairy looking muzzles.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I had a hard time stopping myself from adding more and more. Thanks for the votes and for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      You know, looking closely at the dragonflies, their aerodynamics seem almost like a helicopter's! I reckon behind every invention there is actually a principle of nature behind it!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - I have thought that the thickest part of their body looks like a helicopter. Great observation!

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      5 years ago

      Yes, well, Wittgenstein, who worked out the mathematics of helicopter power (size of rotor and amount of lift, weight of engine, amount of power, etc.) must have come to conclusions similar to the way a dragonfly works, I think!

      It's amazing, really.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      It really does sound amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

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      5 years ago

      YW. Yes it is amazing! (And maybe your dragonfly pendant earrings will now remind you of just how amazing it is!)

      Blessings.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - they may do that!

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      5 years ago

      I suppose I should stop commenting in this vein, really, but: you didn't realize that adjusting earrings for nice, pierced ears could be such fun, did you?

      Blessings.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, f! I appreciate it! I must do what is best for me and my situation! Thank you!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi homesteadbound

      I like looking at Dragonflies from a distance.

      I was about 8 years old when one landed on my shoulder while I was playing in the lake at my grandparents cottage.

      I never saw a dragonfly up close before and I didn't know what had landed on me.

      I froze because I thought I was going to be stung.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Sueswan - I can understand your fear that was established at such a young age.

      But they are really fascinating creatures.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      Oh, yes, what's best for you, always. Blessings.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      YW. You must know, after all, how uncomfortable your piercings are, sometimes. Blessings.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - they get swollen and feverish even though healed years ago.

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      5 years ago

      Sorry to hear that. I do think your local piercing/tattoo parlor or salon would be able to give you good advice and help with lotion or cream ideas, though. They are dealing with these issues the whole time with all the people that want to get pierced.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some of them have amazing colours!! loved the collection and voted up!

      -carrie

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      carriethomson - I agree! Some of the colors on these creatures was indeed amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour through the macrophotographic world of the dragonfly. Macrophotography is amazing!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This was a fantabulous idea! Beautiful - I love dragonflies. I did enjoy getting to see their wings and the up close views:). You know, I also had to laugh because I noticed the beautiful scroll you used - and so I stopped and gazed at it too:) LOL. No I'm not a hub addict:) haha

      I am super impressed - this was a lovely idea!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Gorgeous hub! These are some beautiful creatures. Loved it~

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      RealHousewife - I am super-pleased that you enjoyed these super-sized images. I have always been fascinated by macrophotography because you can see so much more because it's larger and because it's not moving! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      tammyswallow - I agree with you - these creatures are really gorgeous. They are one of my favorite insects. I have a Koi pond i built in my back yard and we have lots of different ones flying around all the time. Thanks so much!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      homesteadbound - I enjoyed looking at your macro photography - I too love to photograph insects and in particular dragonflies with my macro lens. Nice one - thanks for sharing.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      homesteadbound,

      I just LOVE hubs like this. I need to develop an interest in this.

      As for your writing . . .I really love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

      2, I loved the way you worded this hub.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Proud fo Vote Up and all of the choices.

      6. I loved your topic of this hub.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Cindy Murdoch 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

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      Cindy Murdoch 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

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      Cindy Murdoch 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

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      Cindy Murdoch 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

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