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Old May 26, 2010, 7:06 AM   #1
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Although the calendar says spring, we can see (and feel) the rapid approach of summer here in the East Tennessee Hills. It's warm and green and rich in warm-season life.
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All the lush green means plenty of dinner for many & varied caterpillars.
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And warm sunshine coaxes many kinds of butterflies out of their pupae and into the fields.
Here's a Tiger Swallowtail, a Northern Pearly Eye, and 2 views of a Silver Checkerspot enjoying a Daisy.
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Some butterflies are just plain pretty, others a bit odd looking. How do you like this American Snout butterfly? (or is it a Jimmy Durante butterfly?)
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Hot summerlike weather is also perfect for dragonflies. A lot of new ones are emerging now. Here are three views of a Slaty Skimmer (one with a bit of lunch in his mouth!)
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Here are two that a lot of people confuse. First is a female 12-spot Skimmer, other is a female Common White Tail. Can you see the similarities and differences?
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Our park is home to a rather rare dragonfly - only found in the southern Appalachians - called a Cherokee Clubtail. A few were out yesterday - chasing the Spangled Skimmers!
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While out checking on park insect populations, I almost stepped on a Hen Turkey sitting on her young! Was so startled that I didn't even think of a photo until after most of the family had run off into the tall grass. But here's one glimpse of Junior, and of the nest as well.
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Although the calendar says spring, we can see (and feel) the rapid approach of summer here in the East Tennessee Hills. It's warm and green and rich in warm-season life.
Absolutely outstanding, Mole! Beautiful composition... really like the way you composed this... Your composition skills are spot on, and your photos really draw one's eyes into the picture. Thanks!

The exposure is spot on as well. Well done!

All the best.

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Hope your season is also progressing well, and that you enjoyed this little glimpse of almost-summer in E TN.

Thanks for any comments, critique and suggestions!
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