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Old Jul 5, 2009, 2:32 PM   #1
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Well summer is in full swing here in the sunny south! Parks so busy that I have had less time for photography. Here are a few recent shots, mostly macro, mostly nearby...
First a quick shot to show that our wild blackberries are at peak ripeness (and all the wild critters and "human critters" are enjoying them!)
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Old Jul 5, 2009, 2:34 PM   #2
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Since a lot of folks here have enjoyed posting and viewing Odonate (dragonfly & damselfly) pictures, I thought you might like to see their "baby stage" too. Here is the nymph/naiad of a clubtail dragonfly, followed by what it will look like as an adult:
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Here is a Skimmer dragonfly nymph/naiad, followed by its adult stage:
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Summer is the perfect time for lots of insects - they love the heat & humidity and abundant vegetation (and/or tourists) for lunch! Here's a small Damselfly, a Dog Day "locust" (cicada), a Bee Fly, and a Black Locust Leaf Miner beetle:
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Summer meadows are full of varied bloom, great dinner for many butterflies (Fritillary & Pearl Crescent)
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And of course the Bats are glad that summer is insect season - more lunch for them!
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Sure hope you enjoy the "hike" through the summer meadow. Will be glad for any suggestions for improvement!

(PS - plan to head out for another mountain hike tomorrow...)
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Neat pictures! We don't have the same variety, right now everything is pretty brown. We do have some insects about but few butterflies this year. No water for dragonflies where I am. Can't believe how ugly the nymphs are, especially when the dragonflies are so pretty.
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Wonderful photos, as expected from you.

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Nice work Mole, you sure keep us entertained! 2.
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