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Old Aug 27, 2009, 5:46 AM   #1
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East TN is enjoying a late summer warm sunny spell (soon to be ended by more storms this weekend). Had a few moments between trail work and school groups to photograph some of the "fruits" of the bright warm sun.
First a few views of one of our late-season Damseflies - a female Ruby Spot. Like many of these 'flies, she seemed much less wary of approach from the water than from the land, so I waded out to get "up close and personal" with her. Which shot do you prefer?
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Nearby at the same pond, also perching on the willow herb, was a much shier "damsel" - a Slender Spreadwing. The lighting was tougher on this one, because of the perch she chose. Do you find that bright reflection spot too distracting?
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This friendly little gal was also enjoying the bright sun, and guarding a just-hatched egg mass. Isn't she cute?
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Our sunny meadows are full of Ironweed bloom right now - and the pollinators are really enjoying its abundant nectar and pollen. Which shot of this Fritillary do you prefer?
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The wet meadows are also full of Equisetum, also called horsetail. This particular species is locally known as "scouring rush," because it is rough and full of silica, perfect to use for scouring out the pots when you wash your dishes at the creekbank! If you look carefully, you can see that it is shedding spores.
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A few weeks ago, I posted some photos of Bur Cucumber new leaves and tendrils. My good friend Vole asked what the flowers look like. They have just started blooming. Here are two views of their tiny greenish flowers -any opinions on either?
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Hope you enjoyed this "sunny stroll!"
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I like the second one of the Ruby Spot damselfly. I know it's not much different than the first, but it seems darker or something on my monitor.

The slender spreadwing is nice. I didn't even notice the spot till you asked.

I won't even say anthing about that hairy thing!

The fritillary I like the second shot. I was more focused on the flower in the first one.

The pollen in the scouring rush is amazing. Are you using the 18-250 for these?

I like the first of the Bur Cucumber flowers. It looks more natural.

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I like # 1 the best as I find the colors a little more vibrant.

The Slender spreadwing shot is great. I took a picture of one earlier this year but not as nice as yours as it had too much motion blur due to the wind.

I am never in an environment where I have water access to take damselfly pictures. I would not dare take my camera into the lake in Maine as it drops off to quickly and I would be afraid of losing footing and soaking my gear. At the quaking bog that I visit there is a vernal pond but the water is highly acidic.

I like # 1 of the Fritillary. The flower did not seem to distract me.

Some how spiders and cute don't seem to go together. Nice picture though.

Another nice set!

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nice, love the butterflys best, not so keen on the spider though lol
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