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Old May 30, 2011, 10:26 PM   #11
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What a delightful hike, Mole! I didn't even tired or bitten by any bugs. Thanks for bringing us along. I wish I could make a helpful suggestion, but I can think of nothing that would improve these photos.
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Old Jun 1, 2011, 8:58 AM   #12
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Wonderful series, Mole!
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MtnMan - so glad you enjoyed the hike - it is indeed a rich and varied place, and not too difficult a trip...

GW - Thanks so much. Sure do hope & pray you get the health situation straightened out, so I can take you to enjoy Unaka Mt for yourself. It's so much more beautiful than any photo...
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Great series of photos! I enjoy your pictures so much, being an occupant of the Florida lowlands.

By the way, which lenses were you using for this series?

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Elliot - So glad you enjoy these views of the high country! Hope you can come visit sometime...

Most of these were taken with Pentax A 35-105 - my favorite lens for many woodland scenes - really nice color and sharpness, and fairly easy to manual focus. Some of the close-ups (for example, the snail) were taken with Sigma 105 macro. The butterflies were with Sigma 70-300 APO. First two Rhododendrons (with the green blurred background) taken with Pentax A 70-210 (a fun little telephoto with great color). Oh, and a few were taken with Pentax DA 16-45. (glad I have a spacious backpack!!)
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Can't think of anything original so will just echo GW - wonderful series.

However, to my ageing eyes at least one of those Dead Man's Fingers looks far more like another part of a man's anatomy!!!
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Wow!!!! I love this series!! (Especially on a hot sunny day like today; some of those cool green pictures make you say Ahhhh and almost cool off a little bit, haha.)

I guess my very favorites are the dragonflies mating, the snails (the detail is amazing, the shells are so beautiful aren't they!!), and the musk turtle (I never heard of or saw such an animal before- it's like a cross between a toad and a turtle!) But very hard to choose.

Because, those views are beautiful!!! And that's a great picture of a cicada. And the rhododendrons too.

Ha, I guess I'm really done now :-)
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Keith - so glad you enjoyed these! There are indeed some amazing and sometimes bizarre fungus forms...

Blue Sky - Thanks so much - glad to have given you this cool green breeze! Snails were my favorite of the day as well - worth the whole hike...
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