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Old Jun 17, 2012, 4:47 PM   #1
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As East Tennessee's springtime heats up to summer, our landscapes are rich with the fruits of the hot sunny days. Some of those "fruits" are the varied small wild creatures that bring their "fresh faces" to the new season.

Ashy Clubtails hatch in late Spring, but stay around all summer long. This one sure looks happy for the summer sunshine!
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Like most cold-blooded animals, Black Snakes sure seem to enjoy the early summer sun. And summer sun makes them rather lethargic and easy to approach. This one (mentioned in the June challenge) just about licked the front of the lens!
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And here's another cold-blooded friendly face... Our Snapping Turtles are out wandering the early summer days, busy with the business of egg-laying.
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Speaking of beautiful faces - our resident Black Vultures sure do seem to enjoy the warm sunny mornings! (And it looks like the gnats enjoy hanging around the vultures too!)
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Here are some faces of the almost-summer waterbirds...

First a Little Green Heron - we spotted him as we were bicycling past a nearby wetland. He only posed for a quick snapshot.
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And a few Goslings (baby Canada Geese) - they are growing fast these hot summer days!
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Early Summer evenings in our park campground are "prime time" for the much-too-tame Raccoons. This one has not yet learned to read the signs on the trash dumpster...
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Here's a summer "critter" with a false face! Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars are marked on the upper back to resemble a face, probably to scare/surprise predators. (You can see his real head/face in the last photo).
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Hope you enjoyed these "face to face" meetings with some common East Tennessee animals (even though the snail is hiding its face!), and that you will share your comments & critique.
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What a variety of subjects you sure have been making the rounds. A really fine bunch of shots and very little that I see for critique other than the slight tail clipping on the caterpillar and coon. The nats around the buzzard is great as well as the great detail of the dragonfly head. A fantastic set of shots Marty !!!!!!!
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