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Old Mar 20, 2010, 9:48 AM   #1
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Yesterday was a GREAT sunny spring day! Was quite busy with park work, but not too busy to pause & enjoy...

Early morning was full of bird song, all busily defending territories and attracting mates. Looks like this male Bluebird wants some female to yield to his attractiveness!
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Song sparrows were especially vocal - and such a pretty song too!
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This Mockingbird was enjoying an early morning drink before resuming his "concert."
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And the GB Herons were soaking up the early morning sun...
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Later in the day, out on the trail, noticed a few new blooms. These Hepaticas are among the earliest of our woodland flowers, usually blooming up on limestone cliff areas (as these were), and usually pollinated by small beetles.
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Hepaticas have a range of colors, from white to pink to purple to blue.
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Wood Anemones also started blooming yesterday. Some folks call these "windflower," because they shake at even the slightest breeze. That makes for a lovely view, but some frustrating photo attempts...
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On the way back from trail work, paused to admire a neighboring barn, with a fine old truck "out to pasture" nearby.
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Plan to spend most of the rest of today out exploring for some more early bloom. Hope your new season is starting well too!

Thanks so much for any comments, suggestions, critique...
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And the GB Herons were soaking up the early morning sun...
My son was commenting to me what an amazing photo this that you took. "Amazing photo", he said. Very nice effect. Ned
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