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Old Aug 11, 2010, 8:12 PM   #1
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Here are a few more photos from some of our recent East Tennessee hikes this past week.

Cardinal Flower has just come into bloom in many of our wetlands. I will soon become a "magnet" for hummingbirds and various butterflies. (That old 35-105 sure does a good job on capturing red...)
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Another recent "bloomer" in many local woodlands is Cranefly Orchid. Have tried many times to get a decent photo of this delicate bloom, but never been satisfied. What do you think of these latest attempts?
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Also emerging in good numbers lately is one of my favorite butterflies - Northern Pearly Eye. They are very shy, hard to approach, but such fine delicate patterns...
Here are several views from a few of our hikes.
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Not a lot of new dragonflies out lately, but have not checked my two favorite marshes for about 2 weeks. We did see a fair number of Great Blue Skimmers out at Cutshaw's Bog.
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And a few Tiger Spiketails out in the late evening fields...
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Some of my family think I hike as slow as these guys - but only when I have my camera out!
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We went searching for Monarch caterpillars on the abundant milkweed. Found another caterpillar instead. Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars also eat milkweed, and also get protection from predators from the chemicals in milkweed. But they are furry, not smooth, and often feed in groups like this.
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We did take time to enjoy the great summer views from the high places as well. Here are some views along the AT at Firescald Knob and White Rock Cliffs.
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Hope you enjoyed these views along the trail, and that your wanderings are also full of discovery!

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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I love hairy caterpillars ! Some excellent shots there Mole - very interesting !
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