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Old Feb 15, 2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default ...another beautiful day in the park

Today was a beautiful weather day in contrast to the snow over the weekend. I visited a nearby city park which is a historical area http://tinyurl.com/75fbxou commemorating a section of Arlington which was a lodging place for what was once the largest community of native Americans in the state of Texas.

I found these in Village Creek Historical Area, Arlington, TX USA.

Once again the E-P3 & Zuiko FT 70-300 was my combination choice.


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You definitely know the spots. Arlington today is this hodge-podge of small communities and areas the city has just swallowed up over the years. Never heard of that one.
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There are 88 city parks, last year I started late and did only 21. I am hoping this year to do most of them but I get so caught up with the ones like Veteran's, SW nature preserve, Randol Mill and River Legacy that I tend to ignore ones I've not been to.

I pass by Village Creek a couple times every week, see it and say, "....go there" then forget about it until the next time I go by it. Anyway it will be a fun place to go to a couple times this summer.

The parks and recreation dept has a great online guide that I use for the parks I don't already know.............. http://tinyurl.com/85y2em8
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Great shots Bob.
(I think the butterfly is a variety of the Morning Cloak Butterfly. The blue hash marks above the red identifies it.)
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Great shots Bob.
(I think the butterfly is a variety of the Morning Cloak Butterfly. The blue hash marks above the red identifies it.)
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Thank you Steven, I tried all my favorite 'lookup' places but did not find this butterfly described nor, of course, did I describe it well enough to find it.

This is why I like photographing nature, there always is so much to learn. This is the first Mourning Cloak I've seen, it is beautiful, large, and a bit mysterious regarding its front two legs giving it the appearance to us 'novices' as having only the four legs. Reading about this butterfly I've learned that many others including the Monarch are in a category of brushy-footed insects, I had never noticed before this.

Anyway, I've again learned from my outing, it was a beautiful day in a park.
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The Mourning Cloak is well described at this link ==> http://tinyurl.com/7h99v8b

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Nice shots Bob. I guess the four thirds 70-300 is a pretty sharp lens and much cheaper than the micro if you want to sacrifice weight over price which I certainly could live with albeit buying the adaptor.
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The extra weight actually helps steady the entire outfit. The Pen plus the micro 75-300 can be a difficult outfit to use because it is so light. The new multi-directional IS system in the E-M5, which includes stabilizing the image in the viewfinder just like an in-lens IS system, along with the better high ISO performance is a real breakthrough for the Micro 75-300.
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...........yes it does and with the large grip mounted to the P3 it works without notice. It is quite a good balance.

Once one becomes accustomed to the focus time which is on par with the E-3 with the occasional 'hunt' caused by wanting to be too close to subject, this combination is a real treat for results.
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