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Late Spring "Critters"
Lens: Tokina 400, FA 100 macro, Tamron Adaptall 90 macro plus 2X TC Camera: K20D Photo Location: East Tennessee 
Posted By: mole, 06-11-2014, 06:10 PM

Thanks to a VERY busy beginning to summer season here in our Tennessee State Parks, I have not had the time to stop by here for almost a month. Also not much time to process the (far too many) photos from late spring through early summer. But here are a few samples of the "creepy crawlies" of May in the East Tennessee hills.

Little Wood Satyrs are an abundant late spring butterfly of the green meadows. They're small and shy, but sometimes pose long enough for a quick snapshot.

Great Spangled Fritillaries are much bigger than the satyrs, but are also rather "flighty" and shy.

Daisy Fleabanes are a late spring "butterfly magnet." Here are some Pearl Crescents working their "tasty" blooms.

And here's the crescents' larger cousin, the Silvery Checkerspot.

As spring heats up to summer, the native Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) are emerging from their aquatic stage in good numbers. The pond shores are alive with Blue Dashers - dashing about after insect prey or after each other.

Ashy Clubtails are also a rather early-emerging dragonfly. They spend a lot more time perching than dashing.

Each 12-Spotted Skimmer seem to pick one favorite perch, and return to it again and again after each "skirmish" across the pond.

One of our rarest dragonflies, the Cherokee Clubtail, has chosen a meadow and stream at the home park for one of its favorite haunts.

Damselflies, the dragons' smaller, more delicate cousins, are also abundant these days. Here's a Fragile Forktail laying eggs and an Eastern Forktail resting after pursuing a tiny insect.

And here's a Southern Spreadwing and an Aurora Damsel perching nearby.

One more spring "critter." There's a tiny, spring-fed pond at the home park that is home to innumerable Green Frogs. They are very shy and very observant - usually all we see is the splash when they hear us coming and dive. But after about 10 minutes of waiting, this one came up far enough for a few quick poses.

Hope you've enjoyed a few glimpses of the nearly-summer creatures, and hoping for more time to process and share a bit more of the rich beauty of our region. Thanks in advance for any comments & critique.

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A superb series of shots showing lots of detail and colour.
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Truly great work, Mole! This series is an inspiration to any aspiring macro shooter.
Thanks for posting!
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Yep, the quality and diversity of your photos is always refreshing. As much as I've hiked, I've looked at many of the things you've shared and had no name for them, despite a lot of reading. Thanks for sharing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TonyTurley Quote
Yep, the quality and diversity of your photos is always refreshing. As much as I've hiked, I've looked at many of the things you've shared and had no name for them, despite a lot of reading. Thanks for sharing.
Awesome series
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Really great set. I can only imagine how much patience and time these took to get :-)
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Wow, great set! You've been busy.

My driveway is full of fleabane, it's kind of amusing. the wild parsnip that's taking over is becoming a nuisance, though...
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Wow - these are sharp and detailed. Expertly done!


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thanks Ranger, these are terrific and all are spot on and such great colors.
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Eaglem- Thanks for the very kind words!

Ron - Thanks so much. Macro is indeed lots of fun, and opens up such worlds of discovery.

Tony - We are both blessed with great places to hike, full of amazing details.

Rkappleby - Thanks!

Jgblodgett - Some patience, more just being in the right place at the right time. Lots of these perching dragonflies will choose a favorite perch, and it's just a matter of waiting a few minutes until they return.

Ter-or - Glad you enjoyed these - and yes, it sure is a busy time in the parks these days...

Jer - You are too kind!

Bob - Thanks so much!
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Amazing amazing amazing! Excellent shooting. Such gorgeous colour, clarity, compositions. Very pleasing to view in every way. That 3rd spotted skimmer is awesome. all great but the second daisy and checkerspot image is my favourite I think. The one above it has lovely bokeh.

You are quite talented!
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Another incredible series, Ranger! Thank you for taking us along to see these wonders.

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