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Old Mar 25, 2014, 8:59 PM   #1
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Default Early Spring at Rocky Fork

Was out scouting at Rocky Fork wilderness area recently, preparing to lead a guided hike up to the Hidden Lake. Was pleased to find many spring signs here too, including this Bloodroot bloom about to open.
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Carolina Spring Beauties were blooming abundantly. It's a tiny plant, with a tiny flower, but certainly worth a close look. And apparently that little beetle thought it was worth a close look for some pollen...
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Hepaticas were almost done blooming at Rocky Fork. Here are some of the last few...
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Not sure what kind of fungus this is, but it was sprouting in profusion on several large fallen logs.
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Even the sandstone cliffs were rich in green life.
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Birchfield Camp Fork was rather low, but lovely and cool.
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The streams, seeps and springs were full of salamanders. Since salamanders require pure, clean, cool water with high oxygen levels, this is a good sign of the health of the streams. Healthy streams are a good sign of healthy land around the stream. This Desmognathus (I think it's a Seal Salamander) was very patient with the annoying photographer.
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Hope you enjoyed these few glimpses of one little corner of this 10,000 wilderness area. Thanks in advance for any comments & critique!
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Wow I can't wait for spring in Michigan. Nice job on the small flowers, that 50 does wonders, I got one for Christmas but it hasn't seen much use yet. As always you do wonders with water
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Hans - Thanks for taking time to comment! Yes, the FA 50 macro is just right for wildflower photography. Hope your spring arrives soon, so you can enjoy using your new lens!
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