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Old May 4, 2010, 8:17 AM   #1
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Storms have passed, and the sunshine returns to East Tennessee. Mid Spring is a great time to be out & to see the ever-increasing return of life to the landscape!
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From tiny Green Tiger Beetles to big old GB Herons, all are out and scurrying!
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Old May 4, 2010, 8:19 AM   #3
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The fields are yellow with abundant buttercups - not good for grazing, but fine to look at.
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Old May 4, 2010, 8:21 AM   #4
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Red Tailed Hawks watch those sunny fields carefully for some rodent snacks...
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Old May 4, 2010, 8:23 AM   #5
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And some of my favorite "bugs," the Dragonflies and Damselflies, are emerging in good numbers!

Here are some Dragonflies:
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And some Damselflies laying eggs:
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Old May 4, 2010, 8:25 AM   #7
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Mid Spring is also full of varied blooms here in East Tennessee. Here is a Lyre-Leaf Sage (in the mint family), and some Crossvine (smells like maple syrup, beloved of Hummingbirds):
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And then, my favorite mid-spring bloom, Lady's Slipper. Our park only has the pink species, but I will be up the mts looking for the yellow species soon. Here are several views. Any preferences?
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Much to see and enjoy and protect here in the East Tennessee ridges. Hope you enjoy these views, and enjoy the views of your region's resources too!

Thanks for any comments/critique!
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And then, my favorite mid-spring bloom, Lady's Slipper. Our park only has the pink species, but I will be up the mts looking for the yellow species soon. Here are several views. Any preferences?

something about #3 stands out to me, the DOF is different, I like it.
Also like #4 real well.
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