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Old Jul 5, 2010, 7:22 PM   #1
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Not a lot of spare time for photography this week - parks are certainly busy around July 4th!
But the bright summer sun keeps calling me out, and I found a few moments to visit some nearby summer fields, etc.
Here's a little green farm pond, just a short 10 mile bike ride from the park, and completely covered with duckweed!
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Old Jul 5, 2010, 7:26 PM   #2
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Despite (or maybe because of) the thick green scummy "pond cover," this little pond was FULL of dragonflies!
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The Blue Dashers were busy chasing each other, then perching with their "tails" up to dissipate heat (entomologists call this "obelisking!")
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Pedaling on down past the pond, we passed plenty of well-cured hay. Abundant rain early in the season, and recent heat & bright sun, will mean a great crop for East Tennessee livestock. Here are two views of one field - any preferences?
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We noticed something odd in one of the fields - a Granddaddy Long Legs with a larger than usual "cargo." These critters usually eat decaying insects, rotting fruit, and such. It looks like this one found a dead dragonfly!
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On to another summer marsh - this one created by beaver activity. Still have not gotten any good photos of the beavers, but did spot a new (to me) dragonfly. It's TINY (less than an inch long) and is said to be a wasp mimic. It took a lot of creeping through the tall grass to get close to these shy critters. Here are several shots "up close and personal" with an Eastern Amberwing. (any preferences?)
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Dragonflies sure are great "bug catchers!"
Back at the park, we spotted another fine "bug catcher" snoozing on a sunny tree trunk. Isn't he cute!!
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Will be gone again much of this coming week, helping with a special event in the Great Smoky Mts National Park. So thanks in advance for any comments, critique & suggestions. And thanks for coming along on this ramble through some summer fields and wetlands!
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Wow! you have a gold mine for dragonfly shots there Mole. Outstanding job.
All are great but, very impressed with the Amberwings.
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Nicely done! I know some people will find them creepy, but I like the bats. I think the first and second Amberwings are my preference for that set, but they are all good.
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