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Old Jan 11, 2011, 6:24 AM   #1
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Default Another cold snow day

East Tennessee has been experiencing more than our usual amount of cold & snow. Been busy with various park projects, as well as keeping our trails clear and safe. But had a bit of time to enjoy the snow & cold as well.

Checking after snows for tracks helps me "keep track" of park wildlife populations. The tracks can tell "who" has been there, and also what they've been up to. Here are a few sample tracks: A deer who slipped a little bit, a red fox (was right near one of our most active fox dens - hope to get some photos of the young'uns later this season!), a raccoon, a grey squirrel (a good example of track pattern - which can help us identify even the not so clear tracks), and a mink (in the sand at the lakeshore)...
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We've had several mornings of temperatures below 10 degrees F, which means plenty of ice along the lake shore. Makes for some tough conditions for the "critters," but interesting patterns too.
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I have a hard time photographing scenes under grey skies, but here are a few attempts. Any suggestions for improvements?
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All it takes is a few breaks in the clouds to bring out the richness of our snowy landscapes...
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 6:33 AM   #5
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Plan to be out "making tracks" in the park again today. Hope you enjoyed these wintry views, and that our paths will meet sometime soon in the rich wintry hills!

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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I have a hard time photographing scenes under grey skies, but here are a few attempts. Any suggestions for improvements?
I think you did a great job with the gray sky, really like the lone green tree cluster against all the white

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Mole,

I have no suggestions on how to improve your photography. You are a master. Some stunning shots. You and your K2000 are an awesome photographic combination.

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Great shots, Mole!
I too, like the evergreen tree in the snow. Nice work!
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LOVE the 1st thin ice picture. also, the green tree. i think that one looks like a book cover. (perhaps for the book you should be writing? ) the back cover would be the other reflected tree!
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Very interesting .... I have no idea what tracks those animals make so thank you for showing / explaining.

My favourite shot was the white snow covered tree on the bank and it's reflection.
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