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Old Aug 31, 2011, 8:03 PM   #11
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And we were surprised to find that Milkweed Tussock Moth larvae will eat the pods as well as the leaves. This group was enjoying a higher elevation milkweed called Poke Milkweed (leaves look a bit like pokeweed leaves).
(PS - again - any preferences between the two views?)
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Common Wood Nymphs are still quite active and numerous on the forest floor, but a bit tricky to sneak up on...
Isn't it amazing how much they look like a fallen leaf, with eyespots added!
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One of our tiniest late season butterflies is the Eastern Tailed Blue. I've posted far too many snapshots of these cute littl'uns already, but this is the first time I've gotten some fairly good shots of them mating. Which of these poses do you prefer?
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 8:10 PM   #14
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And another of my favorite (and posting way too many) are American Toads. Here are a few almost identical shots, playing a bit with DOF and lighting (using a scrap of paper for a reflector on some). Any preferences?
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 8:13 PM   #15
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Once again, a much too long thread with too many photos...

Suffice it to say that our return hike was fine and uneventful, and we do plan to return and check out more of Iron Mt in the future.

Hope you enjoyed the hike, and will share your comments, suggestions & critique!
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On your micro work what lens do you use and what was the setting for the ant and caterpillar? How do you keep everything in focus ? Wind always nails my stuff.
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Mole,

like always great series.

I love the Ant & the Caterpillar.

Congratulations.
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Excellent series Mole - I like Toad #3 best !
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Great photos Mole. I never tire of joining you on your rambles through your beautiful mountains!
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Bowenp - My most commonly used lens for macro is Sigma 105 macro. Sometimes also use Sigma 70-300 "macro" for more skittish subjects. Also have a set of extension tubes that work well with the A 35-105 for macros. Whenever possible, I use a small tripod to help control camera movement, and try to arrange the angle of the shot so that as much as possible of the subject is in the same plane. Even at f11 (like the caterpillar shot) DOF is pretty thin on any macro. Will agree that wind can be a problem, especially with spring wildflowers. Wind is often less (and dew prettier) early in the AM. Sometimes I can arrange my backpack as a windbreak too...

Armando - Thanks so much - so glad you enjoyed these!

Kevin - Thanks for the feedback on the toads. Glad you liked the hike!

MtnMan - Thanks for your very kind words. I had planned another good long hike tomorrow, but we are expecting LOTS of rain & thunderstorms... So hope to have some more hike pictures soon, but not tomorrow...
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