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Old Jul 17, 2009, 9:32 PM   #1
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Just a few random shots taken while "out on the trail" this week.
The frequent storms have kept us all busy with cleanup work. One small "almost victim" was a flying squirrel caught in the fence. Got one quick shot before freeing him and tending to some minor wounds:
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 9:34 PM   #2
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Not sure what this Black Vulture was doing on the grill. Perhaps he was searching for the grocery store (store is an old photo taken with my old Canon Powershot - just for fun...)
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Lots of butterflies out between the storms. Here are several - a pair of mating Least Skippers, a Red-Spotted Purple (mimic of the Pipevine Swallowtail), a Tiger Swallowtail, and a Northern Pearly Eye. Notice how tattered the pearly eye's wings are - probably from birds trying to grab him, and fooled by the eye spots into grabbing the wrong end of the 'fly!
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Our state Wildflower is the Passionflower. Lots of them blooming right now in the old fields. When the sun comes out again, will be watching them carefully for Gulf Fritillaries.
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We have several wildflowers in the genus Silene. This one is called Starry Campion, but it has a close relative called Catchfly. Maybe we should rename this one catchfly too (see 2nd photo)!
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And one more - a common Junebug. These guys usually emerge from the ground after a good soaking rain. Despite the name, we usually don't see them out before July in our region.
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Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think, and any suggestions...
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Hi mole,

Great stuff, as usual. I always learn something new from each of your posts.

My only suggestion would be to shoot and post more. . .

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Hi Mole -- once again, a beautiful series. I spend way too much time behind a desk, and I wish I could get out into the mountains just a bit more often. Please, keep posting your wonderful pictures!
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Mole-

Another great series. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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