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Old May 19, 2009, 6:18 AM   #1
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Back from another trip to nearby Holston Mt - some great days in sun & rain & clouds. Wanted to share a variety of shots, and, as always, solicit suggestions for improving. First some flowers.
Here's a group of Canada Mayflowers - a northern species that just barely does come this far south:
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Old May 19, 2009, 6:19 AM   #2
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The pink lady's slippers are still blooming at the higher elevations. These moths were resting on one:
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Flame azalea is always a "bright spot" in the high country:
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And the Clintonia has just started blooming:
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Old May 19, 2009, 6:22 AM   #5
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There were a few "critters" slow enough for this slow photographer to capture - like this Little Wood Satyr, perched on a poison ivy leaf (insects don't get rashes!):
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A tired dragonfly (I think it's an Ashy Clubtail):
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And a Chipmunk (perhaps he was scared by the "nut" with the camera):
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Lots of non-flowering plants growing well in the rain:
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There is also a (very well hidden) waterfall - it takes lots of tough off-trail hiking to get to North Fork Stony Creek (on the side of Holston Mt). Do you prefer the vertical or horizontal shot?
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And a view of the clouds coming in (yes we did get wet!)
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