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Old Apr 29, 2011, 6:03 AM   #1
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As you may have read in another recent thread, my K-M is just limping along. But I was able to get an AMAZINGLY good deal on a used Pentax K20D, and am just learning to use this much more complicated piece of equipment.

First impressions, it is heavier but not noticeably so, even on long hikes. There are lots more controls, which I am just beginning to figure out. Seems better able to capture wide dynamic ranges than did the K-M, but colors are not as brilliant. Perhaps I just need to learn more PP!

Here are some sample photos. Please feel free to be as critical as possible.

Most of these were taken up on Buffalo Mountain, as I continue to document plant species returning after the forest fire.

Black Locust and Bristly Locust are both woody members of the Legum (beans and peas) family, with similar flowers. But Black is a tree, and Bristly a small shrub. Both are helping the soils at Buffalo Mt, since they (like most legumes) are nitrogen-fixers - can convert nitrogen gas to nitrate fertilizer!
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The Orchids on Buffalo Mt are thriving, despite the after effects of the forest fire. Here are Showy Orchis (showy indeed!), and several views of Pink Lady's Slipper (any preferences?)
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Some rather odd flowers of the mid-spring season: Cross Vine (leaves come off vine in cross pattern, there is a cross pattern in the pith of the stem, flowers smell like maple syrup!), and Spotted Mandarin (rather rare in our region, but abundant in a few protected places up on Buffalo)
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All the sunshine up on Buffalo Mt make it great for sun-loving "critters," like this Garter Snake and this American Toad.
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But even the shade-loving wildlife like this Millipede can still fine some refuge in the sheltered hollows. Those yellow spots are a warning - these "bugs" are rather poisonous - don't eat them!!
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And speaking of bugs, there are a number of "butterfly magnet" blooms on Buffalo Mt. Pipevine Swallowtails love the Flame Azalea!
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Tiger Swallowtails find plenty of nectar in the Fetterbush blooms...
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And Spring Larkspur seems to hold special appeal for the Spicebush Swallowtails...
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Not sure what species of Bee this is, but it sure was enjoying the Mock Orange blooms on the cliffs!
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Hope you enjoyed this glimpse of spring's progress in our region...

I know I have a lot to learn about proper use of the new camera, but it is a fun challenge!

Please do give me some suggestions, critique, or any other helpful ideas!
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