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Old Mar 26, 2010, 6:01 AM   #1
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Out hiking in Cherokee National Forest yesterday, and noticed a small hatch of some tiny Mayflies. These insects spend several years in the creek, feeding on diatoms and such on the rocks. When they hatch, they only last one day as adults. Here are a few views of one, taken with Pentax K-M and Sigma 105 macro lens. Thanks for any comments, critique & suggestions!
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Old Mar 26, 2010, 8:05 AM   #2
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You really nailed him! And he was kind enough, using extrapolation, to spend a "year" of his life posing for you...

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Great photos. Not sure I have ever seen one of these before. Quite interesting.
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really like 2 and 4 the best because you can see the entire subject, amazing macro.

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Old Mar 26, 2010, 3:55 PM   #5
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holy crap ..... nice , crisp , sharp very very detialed thanks for sharing .
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Old Mar 29, 2010, 6:13 AM   #6
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Dave - Thanks! Yes I did take up a big chunk of his lifetime - but he didn't seem to have anyplace else to go anyway...

Jeephotog - Glad you liked him! We see these guys most often around fast mountain streams, and (despite the name) not all species hatch in May. Some as early as March, some as late as August. Some of the bigger species hatch in huge numbers!

Jeff - Thanks for the helpful feedback!

Simple - And thanks for looking! Glad you enjoyed these!
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I just bought a Nikon 3000. I have an old Nikon macro lens. Do you know anyone who can help me figure out if I can still use this.?

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NGTV did a documentary on these guys a while back. Seems their whole purpose in life is to be fish food. heheheh

Nice shots, mole!
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Henry - sorry that I can't help you, I know very little about Nikon lens compatibility. You might try posting this question over at the Nikon DSLR section of the forum.

Gary - In any case, that's what all the fish think!
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These are great Mole!
You work wonders with that KM & lens combo.
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