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Old May 24, 2011, 5:46 AM   #1
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Back from a week of training park system summer staff, and just in time to clear trails of fallen trees from recent storms! So I'm still sorting through a number of recent photos, and will post as time permits.

Here are some from a few spare hours in between last week's training sessions. Most taken at Virgin Falls State Natural area, a lush green wilderness in White County Tennessee.
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This dripping landscape is perfect for ferns. Here are Royal Fern, New York Fern, and several views of Cinnamon Fern (any opinions on the varied DOF of the latter two Cinnamon?)
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Spring wildflowers come early to Virgin Falls. By mid-May, most of the bloom is complete. But we did find some Indian Pink still in bloom, and a strange viny cousin of milkweed called Climbing Milkvine.
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Of course, wet green places are perfect for amphibians. Here are a few views of a (very tiny) Cricket Frog. (was playing with different perspectives - any preferences?)
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And a very young Bullfrog who came to visit...
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Drizzly and damp is not perfect weather for flying insects. But we did spot one Clubtail (still working on the species name...)
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Of course, the main appeal of Virgin Falls State Natural Area is the waterfalls. Here are several views of the main falls - which flows out of one cave, and then into another!
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And some views from nearby (over at Fall Creek Falls) Piney Falls...
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This is just a glimpse of the incredible richness of this (one of many) state natural areas. Hope you enjoyed the brief tour, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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I definitely missed these the first time around!!! I wouldn't forget that Cricket Frog- he is awesome!!!! I also like your "action series" of the bullfrog- that's great and I'm sure that was not easy to catch! I really like his eyes, too.

I think I like the second picture of the Indian Pink the best.

That bridge shot is like an optical illusion... I like it!!

And your waterfall pictures are, absolutely, beautiful.

Thanks for these- I really like them!!!
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