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Old May 10, 2011, 7:04 AM   #1
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Default A Few shots from the Roan Rally

Back from the Roan Mountain Naturalist Rally, and busily preparing to train park system summer interns. But had to share a few snapshots mostly from the Roan Rally.

Could not take a lot of photos - the hike leader really needs to focus on the people and the resource, not the camera...
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But did take time to notice the amazingly abundant Pink Lady's Slippers - one of everyone's favorite native orchids!
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Even the common plants, like daisies, are abundant in bloom this year. By the way, the name comes from "day's eye" - the sun is the "eye" of the day...
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Trails at Roan were rich & green...
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And led to wonderful vistas of the high country, only now swelling with the green of spring...
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We were also delighted with the small discoveries, like this tiny (about 1.5 inch long) Southern Pigmy Clubtail. He was amazingly bold - I used my A 35-105 and was able to get this close before he took off!
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Small ponds were full of toad eggs. You can tell these are from toads - frogs tend to lay their eggs in masses, salamaders in clumps, and toads in strings.
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Back home from the weekend, spotted a log out in the park lake that must be the best fishing spot! (It's funny how the heron and cormorants always keep some distance apart...)
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And checked a nearby marshy pond for new dragonflies & such. Here are a small (not yet identified) damselfly, a just-emerged Ashy Clubtail, and several views of a male Pondhawk.
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And a few views of a recenly-emerged Spangled Skimmer...
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