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Old Aug 21, 2010, 6:13 PM   #1
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Recent storms have meant some trees down on some of our trails. Took about a day to saw them out of the way. Also took some time to take a few photos along the way.

Blocked trails means fewer hikers, so more spiderwebs go undisturbed.
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And the Box Turtles were free to wander without fear of our clumsy human feet. (Look carefully for an unusual reflection in her eye!)
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Hikers didn't get poked by all the thorny thistle leaves, but the butterflies were sure enjoying thistle nectar. You can tell by all the blue that the first few are a female tiger swallowtail. (which pose do you prefer?) Others are spicebush swallotail and monarch.
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It was great to see the clearing skies as well as the cleared trails! Now all trails are safe for hikers, so come and enjoy them!

Thanks for any comments, critique & suggestions!
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Stunning as usual..................
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What an invite - sure wish I could be there! Your pictures are just awesome!
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Wonderful butterfly shots and other very interesting shots ! However if asked to choose just one it would be the last. I can imagine that this pose may not work for all butterflies as some display best when the wings are unfolded but for the Monarch the colours are still beautifully displayed and in this pose the head & feeding can clearly be seen, enhancing the attraction.
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Recent storms have meant some trees down on some of our trails. Took about a day to saw them out of the way. Also took some time to take a few photos along the way.

Blocked trails means fewer hikers, so more spiderwebs go undisturbed.

There is something about the first one that captured my eyes. Very well done, Mole!

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And the Box Turtles were free to wander without fear of our clumsy human feet. (Look carefully for an unusual reflection in her eye!)
Great shots! They really are. The only thing I might add is that I would have made the shell in the "foreground" a tad more in focus... Not being critical, jus think it would add to making the picture better... but great photos, Mole

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Hikers didn't get poked by all the thorny thistle leaves, but the butterflies were sure enjoying thistle nectar. You can tell by all the blue that the first few are a female tiger swallowtail. (which pose do you prefer?) Others are spicebush swallotail and monarch.
The last photo is so wonderful, they all are... but it the last photo with the colour of the butterfly... the plant... just beautiful, absolutely spot on.
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