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Old Feb 4, 2011, 6:51 AM   #1
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Been out on many short trails lately - very changeable weather recently means a number of trail repairs needed. Not a lot of time for photography, but some time to notice the "bits and pieces" of interesing details along the way.
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Tulip Poplar trees have cones of seeds that gradually come loose and fly away. Some birds also enjoy pecking at the cones to remove and eat the seeds. In either case, by this late in the season, only the outer few rings of seeds are left on the branches.
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Coldest mornings are the best for checking animal dens. If there is a live "critter" in the den, there will be some frost (frozen moisture from the animal's breath) around the den opening. Here's a detail from a chipmunk den (lots of breathing going on down there!)
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Cold sunny days in the young forests are also great for watching bird behavior. Many of the small birds form mixed flocks - perhaps for mutual protection as well as to see who is finding the best food sources? All winter long, we fine Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches & Brown Creepers working together. Bluebirds have just recenly started to join these "feeding parties."
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Although it's still winter, we begin to notice more signs of "vegetation life" in this late part of the season. Birch catkins are beginning to swell a bit, and some new fungi are sprouting on the decaying logs.
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And some of the small springs and seeps are flowing again, although frequently "interrupted" by one more freezing.
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One of these fine sunny winter days, I was cycling out to a nearby school to share some nature education, and noticed how well the wintry sky complemented a few of the nearby old barns...
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Another not-so-sunny morning, cycling to another school for schoolyard nature studies, and enjoyed a fine sunrise across the rural East Tennessee landscape. (2nd is HDR - not sure that I like this effect - what do you think?)
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Have many more outdoor rambles (and outdoor work) planned for the days and weeks of winter ahead, and hope to have time to share some of the scenes with you.

Hope you enjoyed this little wander, and that you will share your comments, critique & suggestions.
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Very nice set of images, I also have mixed feelings about the HDR, I always learn a lot from your images and comments. I like the compositions

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