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Old Sep 15, 2011, 7:52 PM   #1
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Summer's end here in East Tennessee is damp & foggy - perfect for the ripening things. Even the shortest morning stroll is full of damp, ripe discoveries. Here are some very ripe Spicebush berries and Queen Anne's Lace seeds...
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Was out the other morning, just before taking a crowd of schoolchildren for a nature hike, and trying to add to the park's files of local flora. Noticed we had no photos of common Red Bindweed, even though it's a common late-season wildflower at nearly all the tall field edges...
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The morning damp had painted some amazing patterns in the abundant spider webs...
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Thanks to my new 35mm macro, was able to get a nice close look at the "fog jewels" on one little web.
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Hikes were all done by later afternoon, and of course all the "fog magic" evaporated. But we did notice this Micrathena gracilis (spiny spider) busy with web repairs (fog drops are pretty, but they can damage the web)...
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Old Sep 15, 2011, 8:03 PM   #6
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Looking forward to more fog mornings to search out and share the common discoveries of this almost-autumn season. Hope you enjoyed the little stroll, and that your feet didn't get too wet!

Thanks for any comments & critique.
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What a wonderful spider Mole ! I think I'd have a macro lens on him/her in no time !!
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Nice, mole. I finally saw some wet spider webs last weekend to photograph. But, mine aren't any where as pretty as yours.

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Kevin - They are really cute, and really common spiders in our East Tennessee forests. These were just quick shots, no time to carefully set up a true macro. Might try one soon, if time permits. Maybe you can come visit here someday, and enjoy our amazing Tennessee spider diversity!

Patty - Glad you enjoyed the webs. These were mostly taken with my new (used) DA 35mm macro - seems to have some really fine color and sharpness. Have also found that my best wet spiderweb shots come just as the sun is coming through the fog, but before it's had time to evaporate much of the water (hope that makes sense...)
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Kevin - They are really cute, and really common spiders in our East Tennessee forests. These were just quick shots, no time to carefully set up a true macro. Might try one soon, if time permits. Maybe you can come visit here someday, and enjoy our amazing Tennessee spider diversity!
You know Mole I would really love that, thank you for the kind offer. Chances are it won't be happening anytime soon though more's the pity, with family duties taking precedence (daughter/parents in UK, son in Belgium, Sister in NZ) !
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