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Old Mar 10, 2010, 6:14 AM   #11
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Our resident not-too-shy GB Heron was also enjoying the morning sunshine. I took LOTS of photos (may post some more at the Wildlife section). Here are a few samples:
Ok, I am convinced... Tennessee has to be the perfect all-year-round state for scenery! Thanks for sharing these... Wonder what is next.
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Old Mar 10, 2010, 7:03 AM   #12
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I love that lake shot, mole. Looks like you shot the sunset with a mirror. At first glance at the GBH on a log, I thought it was a 'gator heheheh I thought, "Now, that guy has some chutzbah!" Then, these ol' eyes caught it.
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I really like the great blue shots and the first one

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On the way out to the trail repair work, noticed how nice some of our local barns are looking in the sunshine. Which of the two views of the second barn do you prefer?

Hey Mole, The second shot by a large margin! I like it when you make these test easy.
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Yesterday was an incredible springlike day - high in the mid 60's F and much sunshine. Of course I was out on the trails a lot - sharing nature with children and repairing some erosion problems... (and did bring the camera along!)

Here's how the day started:

I love the ambiance in both these shots. really like Ned's pano version too.

The first bif, pic was a shock when I looked at the EXIF. 300mm hand held @ 1/60th sec! unbelievable. if the focal point was the head instead of the wings it would have been a great shot! Still can't believe how well it turned out.

The flying caterpillars are spot on!

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Our resident not-too-shy GB Heron was also enjoying the morning sunshine. I took LOTS of photos (may post some more at the Wildlife section). Here are a few samples:

The posses and background really make these special.
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these are really impressive. I wil trade you jobs?
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There is already a waiting list for mole's job. Get in line.
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I like the butterfly best. Lovely shots of the sunrise, too. I can't decide on the barn. Each image bothers me in some way, but I can't put my finger on it.

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Thanks for all the kind & helpful comments!

Ned - That is a very nice crop - will have to try it with the original... Indeed Tennessee is a great & scenic state year-round!

Gary - It's rare to catch our lake so still, but it sure was a wonderful mirror that morning (today we're expecting 30-50 mph winds!). That old log has become a favorite perch for GBH and for Cormorant - sometimes squabbling over squatter's rights!

Hans - Thanks so much!

GW - Thanks for the barn input, and all the kind comments. I agree, sure wish the focus had been on GBH's head... Result of my slow reaction time, and the slow manual focus on the A* 300.

NMRecording - Thanks for the very kind offer, but am not yet ready to trade... Might ask me again in the midst of the summer tourist season!

Pboerger - I am blessed with a great job (over 30 years in the parks now, and still getting paid to "play all day long!")

Patty - Thanks so much. I appreciate your honest reactions to the barn shot. If you figure out what bothers you, please do let me know!
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