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Old Nov 19, 2009, 6:55 AM   #1
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After all the brilliant color of mid-autumn, East Tennessee is gradually fading toward the grayer season. Early yesterday was drizzly, damp & dark, but overhead were amazing cloud patterns, and literally hundreds of vultures!
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Out on some of our local trails (working to keep them safe for hikers), I decided to look for evidence of green life on this gray day. Was amazed at the number and diversity of green shades - mostly the foliage of spring wildflowers (like hepatica & wild ginger) and the lush mosses & lichens on rocks, as well as the hardier ferns.
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Creeks are still running high and lovely, and gray weather is perfect for photographing them!
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Down at our park lake, the bold Great Blue Heron was "showing off" a bit - first at the dock and then on top of one of the boats!
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I'm still trying to get a good shot of our park's Grebes. This little fellow caught a huge (for him) fish - he certainly seemed to enjoy it, but I still could not get close enough, or focus fast enough, for a good shot. Do you think these are too soft, or are they usable?
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And of course, no gray day at the park lake is complete without looking at our Mallard Ducks. First is the male. I have lots of detail shots of these guys, but wanted a certain mood in this shot. Do you think it works?
The female photo is more for the details and her personality!
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Hope you enjoyed this late autumn wander in the park. Thanks for any suggestions/criticisms!
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Another excellent series. Makes me rather ashamed that I stayed indoors during a recent chilly, cloudy day.
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So enjoyed the "late autumn wander in the park" with you. Gray days do lead to a wonderful result for colors, don't they? The greens were so rich on my monitor, and the little waterfall caused a gasp of wow. Thanks for including us.

And, BTW, tried to reply on your earlier post of a hike a few days ago, but could not get on long enough to make it work. It, too, was an incredible hike.
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Hi mole,

Another great series!!!

It's always a pleasure to take these "walks" with you.

I think that the Grebe shots are fine -- obviously closer would be better -- unfortunately, that's a LOT easier said than done. The only "feeding" shots I've gotten were with a pretty big fish also -- It's so hard to predict where they will surface that by the time you spot them and get the VF on them, they've already swallowed any small fish they have caught.

2008 was a good Grebe year for me, but this last season was pretty dismal. Probably my best Grebe shots were :

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...e-fishing.html

Nice work on all !!

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