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Old May 15, 2011, 4:48 PM   #11
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Hope you enjoyed these green views of Greene County, and that you will continue to pray for the people of this rich land who are still so devastated by the recent tornadoes.

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Old May 15, 2011, 6:56 PM   #12
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Spectactular Mole! Always enjoy your images...the compositions, color and clarity are outstanding! I especially like the 2 of the "little bog".

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Old May 15, 2011, 11:10 PM   #13
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Another wonderful series! Really love your second group, how green it is!

And the first picture, that butterfly looks so tiny.

Of your bog pictures, I don't think I have a preference between the vertical and landscape ones - they are both good. I really love the third one, but then I always love the close-ups.

I like the symmetry of the second Showy Skullcap, just because its somewhat different than a normal flower shot, more creative. Both mountain laurel shots are good - they say such different things. The first one with the mountains in the background is very appropriate, gives you a feeling of place very nicely.

I like the first three Pink Lady's Slippers more than the last one, though there's nothing wrong with it. The first one stands on its own merits. There are things I like about both the second and third ones - I like the second one with all 4 flowers in focus but find the background a bit harsh (I run into that all the time). I like the small dof in the third one, the background is not at all distracting, it's a more creative shot.
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Old May 16, 2011, 12:05 AM   #14
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I love all your photos, as always Mole. I think I mentioned in on of your earlier threads that I'm very fond of Pink Lady Slippers, and I am very much looking forward to seeing them put on their lovely show up here in a few weeks. I had never heard of cedar apple rust, and its dependence on two seemingly unrelated tree species is fascinating. I also had no idea that crayfish carry their eggs. I never thought about it, but if anyone had asked, I would have guessed that they drop their eggs in the gravel on the bottom of a stream.
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Old May 17, 2011, 10:20 PM   #15
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Jehan - You are too kind! Thank you. That is a fine little bog - you should come see it sometime!

Harriet - Thanks so much for the very helpful and specific critique! Definitely agree with the skullcap - took a few snapshots of the typical arrangement, and then noticed this one-sided group and had to pause and take LOTS of photos... To me, the last Lady's Slipper group is more illustrative of the growth form and habitat (maybe good for a field guide), but the one you preferred is also my favorite just to look at. And yes, those are indeed tiny butterflies, and they really seem to enjoy licking sweat off of sweaty children!

MtnMan - Found another great group of Pink Slippers up on Holston Mt last weekend, while searching (semi-successfully) for some rare orchids. Might post those photos this weekend (currently too busy with training sessions to deal with photos properly). Glad you enjoyed the natural history "tidbits" along with the photos! Crayfish carrying eggs under the tail seems to help keep them well-oxygenated - fresh water comes every time the crayfish moves...
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Old Jun 8, 2011, 6:10 PM   #16
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I think that I have no favorites here. This series is, to borrow a previous poster's word, spectacular!!! They are great pictures individually and together make a wonderful series. (I know that is not really helpful, but I'll put it this way in the traditional family phrase: "Ooh! Ahh. Oh!!")

Sorry... I feel bad putting such a silly comment on such great pictures but you know what I mean!

And, I never knew that about cedar apple rust either... fascinating!!
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 9:27 PM   #17
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Blue Sky - indeed I do know what you mean - Thanks!!!
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