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Old Mar 29, 2012, 7:46 PM   #1
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Have been down many local trails already this spring, and enjoyed a number of "critter encounters" along the way.

Kildeer are small upland plovers that do NOT kill deer! But their voice sounds like "kill-deer..." This one was checking out a local meadow as a potential nesting spot.
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Speaking of nesting, our local Great Blue Heron rookery is getting busy again. No sign of nestlings yet, but will return in a few weeks to see...
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Groundhogs (also called "woodchucks") are not the wisest of mammals. They are not too hard to sneak up on - the trick is to move while they are looking down, and stand still while they are looking up. This one let me get close enough for a few fairly good shots...
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Even after he decided to flee, he left rather slowly, and kept looking back at the crazy man with the camera!
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Found a new (to me) overlook above McPheeter's Bend on the Holston River recently, while checking for rare plants on a ridge above Kiner Creek. Won't be much of a view after the trees are leafed out, but a nice perspective on a typical rural East Tennessee scene right now...
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And also, on that same trip, took time to notice the smallest waterfall on Kiner Creek. We always seem to rush on up to the big falls, and never before paused to enjoy this little (only about 6 foot high) waterfall. A good reminder (to me) to take time for the "ordinary" scenes.

Any preference among these views?
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It will probably be a while before I have time to stop by here again - spring is a busy time in the parks! But sure do hope you enjoyed the critters and the views, and that you will share your comments and critique!
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Groundhogs (also called "woodchucks") are not the wisest of mammals. They are not too hard to sneak up on - the trick is to move while they are looking down, and stand still while they are looking up.
I sometimes do that when birding and there is no cover .... problem is some birds have up to a 320 degrees FoV (pigeons) !

Love that shot of the Holston River. And that misty shot is gorgeous, look at the DR in that shot, bushes & trees properly exposed for detail, as are the clouds.
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Kevin - It sure is a lot more difficult to sneak up on birds - especially with their "panoramic vision!"

Glad you enjoyed the landscapes - this green spring season is full of great views...
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Wonderful series! There are some ground hogs that are as bad as squirrels, begging from every tourist that goes by. I've seen this mostly in national parks.
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