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Old Jun 22, 2010, 5:12 PM   #11
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On the way back, noticed some clouds moving in.
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 5:12 PM   #12
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Fortunately, we reached the trailhead before the storms arrived, and got home in time for this fine ending to the rains...
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 5:13 PM   #13
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Just one more shot - got a glimpse of this Dragonhunter enjoying a meal of a pair of Skimmers - not a great photo, but perhaps a good illustration of why these big dragonflies are called Dragonhunters!
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 5:14 PM   #14
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Looking forward to more summer rambles in the hills of TN! Sure hope your new season is also rich in discovery...

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 8:52 PM   #15
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Another great series! The butterfly pictures are just amazing. And how wonderful to end the day with a rainbow.
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 7:27 AM   #16
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Another lovely and educational series Mole !

What an amazing flower that Passionflower is ... I've never seen that before. Great shot of the Monarch and loved the framing of the Eastern Tailed Blue. I like both of those toad shots however the sharpness of #1 sways me because of the background and focus. If the #2 shot had been really sharply focused on it's eyes then that would have been my choice.
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 12:37 PM   #17
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All great shots and

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Headed on out to Flint Rock, searching (unsuccessfully) for some more rare plants.
This brought a big smile on my face, all stuff you shoot is rare for me.

Thanks for sharing your world

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Old Jun 23, 2010, 1:10 PM   #18
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I don't think I've ever commented on your posts, Mole. But I've enjoyed every one of them, and I look forward to seeing more. All great shots!

I like the second toad shot best. I think it's a perfect Edward G. Robinson mug shot.

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Another great series, Mole!
I agree with Kevin, on the frog pics.
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 6:47 AM   #20
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Harriet - Thanks so much for your kind comments! It was indeed a great rainbow - I definitely need more practice in rainbow photography (this one looked much better than any of my shots). Any tips gratefully accepted!

Frogfish - Thanks for your helpful, specific, and kind words! I agree that toad #2 should have been focused better, still working on better manual focus with these macro shots... Passionflower is actually a pretty common plant here in East Tennessee - most often seen in sunny old fields. Leaves are food for a number of butterfly caterpillars, flowers good nectar source for bumblebees & hummingbirds. Name "passion" for the older meaning - suffering. Was used by early missionaries to teach of Christ's passion/suffering (supposed to resemble a crown of thorns, with some of the floral parts resembling nails, etc.)

Ronny - Thanks for the smile! All of these are common plants here... And I always enjoy seeing your photos of your (very different) corner of the world!

Mike - So glad you enjoyed these (and others). Toads do have some fine facial expressions!

GW - Thanks so much!
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