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Old May 4, 2010, 7:10 AM   #1
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A quick trip up to Jones Falls this past weekend. This is a nearly 100' waterfall located just off the AT at Buck Mountain - not well known except to through hikers. It's also the best place in our region to spot a rather rare wildflower called Fringed Polygala.
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Painted Trilliums and Showy Orchis were also in full bloom along the trail.
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And the flowers were full of pollinators - from Pipevine Swallowtails to tiny bees.
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Despite recent heavy rains, the falls were not that full, but still quite fine. Here are several different views (did some climbing about on the nearby ridges). Would appreciate any input on these!
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On the way back, noticed some activity at a roadside Bluebird Box. This Tree Swallow decided it was a swallow box, not a bluebird box!
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Will be back up at Buck Mt and Roan Mt this weekend to lead some hikes for the Spring Naturalist Rally, but not able to take many photos. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for any comments/critique!
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Mole, all your photos are so nice that I have trouble giving CC except to say how nice they look. the only shot I see that could use any help is the second bee shot, highlights are a little blown. Other than that they're beautiful! and all your Falls are too.
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Old May 4, 2010, 9:08 AM   #8
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your series is beautiful as always. Nice shots of the falls. asolutely gorgeous!
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Wonderful story telling as always. I do wonder though if you ever get any work done whilst on the trail
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i really liked the bee macros. the 2nd one is stunningly clear and good dof.

and your waterfall shots are always nice. i really liked #2 for the pleasing lines and lush greens in the background and #4 for the hint of blue sky adding a nice spring feel to it.
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