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Old Nov 12, 2009, 5:40 AM   #1
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Default Fat Rodents, Skinny Birds, Old Houses

Have not had much time for photography the past few days, between the torrential rains, and some other job obligations at the park (and at home!).
Just before the storms moved in though, I did have a chance to enjoy (and photograph) an amazing sunrise (a harbinger of the storms to come).
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Was out on the trails a lot (between the storms), picking up and clearing out the storm damage. Many birds were out and active - seemed to be enjoying all the new habitat created by falling limbs.
First shot is not that good, but the best I've taken so far of a red-bellied woodpecker. His red "bellY" is usually not even visible in the field.
Then a few shots of one of my favorite birds - a feisty little Carolina Wren.
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During the drizzly weather after the storms, was checking out some of the old homesites near the park. Both of these are long untentanted (although I had the pleasure of meeting the last residents of each home many years ago). But the second is still being kept up by some of the kinfolk.
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If you look carefully just to the right of the old truck's headlight, you might notice something odd near the foundation of the house. Here's a closer look.
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Came back the next day with my long zoom to get a better picture. Our local Groundhogs are definitely getting fat for winter!!!
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It's not just the groundhogs who are getting ready for winter. Most of our insects are getting slow & sluggish, busy laying eggs but easier to approach.
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And the thickets are full of ripening seeds - to insure the survival of each species of plant.
This is the seed-head of a Teasel plant - originally brought to our country as part of the felting industry, now a common old-field plant.
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Hope you enjoyed this late-autumn stroll with the fat rodent (groundhog) and friends. Glad for any suggestions for improving!
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Mole, I love this series specially the old house and the groundhog. was that taken with the 600mm? if so, you sure are using it well!
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Another lovely series thankyou, I agree with GW the barn and that way to cute groundhog are my favourites, all fabulously photographed.
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