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Old Oct 10, 2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default A few Autumnal Details

Our East Tennessee summertime was cool and wet, so we had hoped for a very bright autumn season. However, September was hot and dry, and many deciduous leaves are just turning brown and dropping.

So it won't be a very bright foliage display, but East Tennessee autumn is still rich in discovery. For example, autumn is the best season for orb-web spiders. This late in the year, both the spiders and their webs are large and abundant, and great at trapping the early morning fog-drops...
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We see plenty of good-sized Black Rat Snakes in the autumn - out enjoying some welcome sunshine. Cooler days make them slower and easier to catch. This one was nice enough to let me crawl in "up close and personal," and then catch him to show to some excited school children.
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Our local Cormorant population is doing quite well this fall. One of their favorite roosts is a large dead oak along a popular walking trail in the home park's campground. It's a short, easy trail, and so a great place to bring park visitors to observe these and other wild creatures.

Here are a few of the "cuter" cormorant poses from recent days...
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Here's a sad but common sight this time of year. Not sure which predator it is, but we often find dead Moles along the trails in early autumn. Apparently the moles don't taste very good, but some predator kills first, and then realizes he's gotten a bad-tasting meal...
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Let's move from death to new life. One of our smallest native odonates - the Fragile Forktail damselfly - is busy with the business of egg laying these cool autumn days. Here are several views of some busy momma forktails.
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To give you an idea of the size of these little "bugs," here's a quick shot of one with a common housefly perched nearby.
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Will be "out on the trail" a lot the next few weeks, and hope to be able to bring back a few more autumnal images.

Hope you enjoyed this little stroll, and thanks in advance for any comments & critique!
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Fabulous stuff as usual, thanks for sharing.

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I really like the Cormorant shots nice detail on those dark feathers.

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