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Old Apr 19, 2011, 6:38 AM   #11
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And there are certainly plenty of new leaves this spring to help feed all the hungry caterpillars (and all the other hungry grazers).
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Old Apr 19, 2011, 6:40 AM   #12
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My trusty little K-m has been acting up lately (perhaps a result of a recent little slip on a slippery trail), so I hope I will be able to post more photos of this fine spring season soon...

Certainly hope you enjoyed these springtime critters and plants, and will share your comments, suggestions, and critique!
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Old Apr 19, 2011, 8:32 AM   #13
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Flowers & waterfalls are great for other people on here but not really my thing .... however I love it when you start posting your insect (esp. Dragon/damselfly) shots ! And those are some beauties of the Dragonfly and mating Butterflies.

I also really love the first landscape shot with the reflected trees in the lake/river and a lovely shot of the trail too. Thank you for posting all these Mole !

p.s. Not sure if you've seen it or not but there is a superb documentary being shown on Animal Planet that I've watched twice this week, called Alien Insects, about another one of my favourites, The Praying Mantis. Worth searching out if anyone is interested.
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Old Apr 19, 2011, 1:14 PM   #14
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Mole,
Superb photos; as always by you. They have given me spring fever, with no relief in sight; we had snow yesterday.
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Old Apr 19, 2011, 3:19 PM   #15
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Mole you got some amazing detail in the closeups, lots to enjoy here. I also liked the landscape. Hope the Km is ok, you do wonders with it.

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Old Apr 19, 2011, 8:33 PM   #16
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Hi mole,

Looks like what I remember as spring!

I wouldn't really know, as it low 30's here and we just had a hail storm. . . and I had to brush snow from my car yesterday though there was no real accumulation on the ground.

I didn't look back to compare, but my first impression is that your flowers look crisper here.

As to the Columbines, I like #2 the best. This may seem contrary to my preference for the context in the little tree shot from a few posts back, but in this case, I think that the intricacies of the flower and the colors just jump off the screen with the plainer background, and the patch of green at the bottom is just right.

Another great series!

Keep us updated about your camera. I'd hate to see you miss some great spring photo ops.

I'm pretty sure you're aware of him, but there's a great Pentax specialist camera tech in Sharps Chapel, TN named Eric Hendrickson who comes highly recommended by a number of Pentaxians. A call or email might be a good idea.

If it appears that your camera needs significant repair, PM me, I might be able to offer a solution.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 7:12 AM   #17
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Kevin - Glad you enjoyed the "bugs"! Our dragonfly season is just starting - expecting many more in the coming months. Glad you liked the landscape glimpses too.
(PS - thanks for the info on the Mantis show. Not owning a TV I will probably miss it, but hopefully others who see your post will check it out.)

Jim - Your region is certainly lovely in the spring, just a little slower in arriving! Glad you enjoyed these southern spring glimpses, and hope they will tide you over until yours arrives.

Hans - Thanks for your very kind words. Looks like the K-M is not doing so well, but still limping along for a while longer.

Scott - Thanks so much for the specific input on the flowers - that was my favorite of the columbine series too! Perhaps the "crisper" look is due to using a tripod more than previously...
Sure do hope you are surviving the last bit of your northern winter, and that spring will come to you soon!

As for the camera - I was hiking on a rather slick trail, and briefly lost footing at a very slick creek crossing. Camera hit on side and got wet. Now the flash button does not work (cannot raise the flash at all), the manual/autofocus button is stuck on auto (no manual focus with auto lenses), and from time to time camera just shuts down, but will start up again if on/off switch is toggled a few times. Yes, I do know about Eric (Sharp's Chapel is here in East Tennessee) - he repaired a damaged DA 16-45 lens for me. Not sure if the K-M is repairable, or if cost will be prohibitive. It already has about 70,000 clicks on it, so may be close to end of its useful life anyway. Will need to start saving towards a new camera, or towards a repair. Thanks for your concern!
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Old Apr 21, 2011, 3:13 PM   #18
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Damnit, I was about to post some ferns and bugs but can't compete with these LOL

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Looks to be a great Spring for you this year - these are great as usual and I look to seeing more. Ii particularly admire the first larkspur and the azalias.
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 6:14 PM   #20
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Tachikoma - You certainly can compete - I've seen your excellent work! Besides, this isn't really a competition, is it?

Penolta - Thanks for the kind comments. Yes, we are experiencing an amazingly abundant and diverse spring blooming season. Will post some more soon...
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