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Old Oct 11, 2010, 6:00 AM   #1
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Not a lot of photography time this past week - busy with trail work, school groups, etc. But did have some time to notice a few more autumnal signs.

Here's a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, curled up on the bloom of its host plant - Passionflower.
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 6:01 AM   #2
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Swamp Milkweed was such a butterfly magnet in the summer. Now it's ripe and spreading seeds...
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Pickerel Frogs are still out sunning along the creeks, but will soon be burrowing down into the mud, and not seen (or heard) from again until early spring, when they begin their strange, "snoring" calls.

(PS - do you prefer the broader view, or the cropped photo?)
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Autumnal tints are begiining here in the East Tennessee hills - mostly the Blackgums & Sugar Maples...
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But even the water lilies and cinnamon ferns are beginning to show their fall colors.
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And, of course, autumn is the season for Autumn Meadowhawks! These tiny, bright dragonflies are not too hard to approach, and pretty feisty characters - chasing bugs twice their size!
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Looking forward to more bright autumn days in the East Tennessee hills, and hoping to share some more good fall hikes soon.

Hope you enjoyed this little ramble, and thanks for any comments, suggestions & critique!
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Always great photos from you.

I like the cropped frog photo better.

This DF is hard to photograph because of the way it holds its wings - the second one doesn't work well because it is hard to make out two if the wings. Lighting on the last two DFs is great!
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 12:49 PM   #9
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excellent series! I like them all
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Another great series, Mole!
Great job.
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