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Old Mar 5, 2010, 6:37 AM   #1
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Have been out on the trail past few days monitoring park wildlife populations, and continuing trail repair work.

Here are three views of some of the wildlife signs along the trail: Racoon tracks, Otter tracks, and the remains of a Hawk's meal (Gray Squirrel fur scraps).
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Old Mar 5, 2010, 6:39 AM   #2
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Have been trying to get a better handle on our park's moss species, so here are a few shots taken for identification purposes. The brown things are spore cases - some of our mosses are already shedding spores!
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Of course, this cool damp winter has been great for many fungi - lots of moisture and lots of dead things for "lunch"
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Lengthening days as spring approaches means some of the earliest flowering plants are sprouting. Not much bloom yet, but here are:
Daffodils sprouting at an old homesite (memories of a garden over 100 yrs ago), Winter Cress about to bloom, Hepatica still hanging on, and several views of new growth on the tiny Stonecrops.
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Continuing to add to our photos of tree bark, here's a fine old Beech and a (typically) lumpy Boxelder:
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And finally, a few views of some of the Limestone formations on the trail - the source of all the rich soil that feeds all these fine green lives...
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Looking for warmer temperatures and maybe some sunshine soon - perhaps some spring blooms before too long. Hope your winter is ending safely with many chances to wander outdoors.

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Nice series Mole, good to see the signs of renewal starting to show somewhere.
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Such great detail in those photos Mole!
Are you using the 105mm?
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A nice selection - it always amazes me how you can come up with interesting pictures of these natural scenes.
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