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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 05:42 PM  
Landscape Fairy Pools sunset, Isle of Skye
Posted By mole
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The master of delicate tones and balances at work again! Thanks so much for sharing your images!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 05:40 PM  
Nature "The whole H.R. Giger thing is so last century, but do what you gotta do..."
Posted By mole
Replies: 2
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Very nice curve of the vine - the semi-ephemeral supported by the ancient. Puppy is cuter though!!

(So when are you going to bring your heavy-weight camera and enthusiastic assistant up here to Northeast TN?)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 05:35 PM  
Nature Bark Bokeh
Posted By mole
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Well, whatever the species, it certainly is an amazing study in natural textures!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 05:33 PM  
Nature Spring Dragonfly
Posted By mole
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Wonderful detail on the little damsel. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 05:32 PM  
Landscape How about a few Tennessee Waterfalls?
Posted By mole
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
An awesome location! Hope to see you "out on the trail" one of these days!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 05:31 PM  
Nature "Bug" Watchers
Posted By mole
Replies: 7
Views: 585
Thanks so much!



Slime flux smells even worse than it sounds - sort of decay and sour together...



Thanks!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 05:29 PM  
Macro Monarch Life Cycle
Posted By mole
Replies: 14
Views: 651
Thank you!



Glad you enjoyed these.



And thanks for taking time to comment!



I am blessed to live where these small discoveries are an everyday occurence...



You are too kind!



Thanks!



Thank you!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 06:36 PM  
Nature "Bug" Watchers
Posted By mole
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One of the most pleasurable parts of my job is sharing nature discovery with young people. They are capable of such intense concentration, and notice so much about even the "common and ordinary" things. So here are some childrens' random "ordinary" discoveries from the past few months…

Many butterflies enjoy a snack of salt and other minerals. This Eastern Tailed Blue was licking a sweaty finger!





West Virginia White butterflies prefer Spring Beauty nectar:





While Pipevine Swallowtails visit Spring Larkspur for their snacks:





Here's another Pipevine Swallowtail working the Turk's Cap Lily blooms on Camp Creek Bald. You can see the pollen on his wing!





Oaks are prone to a disease called "slime flux." It's a bacterial infection of the sap. Some butterflies are attracted to the smelly ooze - like this Question Mark, just rolling up his tongue after licking the flux:




All I noticed was the Red Trillium, but the children noticed the arachnid visitor:




Speaking of arachnids, this one has caught a "delicious" Spreadwing damselfly. Once again, I would have walked right by, but the youngsters noticed it immediately:




We kept the children at a safe distance from this little lady! Mrs. Black Widow is in the midst of a Tent Caterpillar meal:




Here's one of our native mantids - the Carolina Mantid. She's just caught a rather "spicy" meal of bee!




Perhaps that's why this bee is sticking her tongue out! Or maybe she's just feasting on goldenrod nectar:




Here's another insect at the "goldenrod restaurant." Locust Longhorn Beetle larvae eat Black Locust tree bark. But the adults prefer pollen:





Look carefully at these fungi, and you'll see what the children spotted. Those dark "stripes" are snail tooth marks!




I am always amazed and humbled at the powers of observation of a small child. Hope you enjoyed these glimpses through their eyes, and that you'll share your critique!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 06:09 PM  
Macro Monarch Life Cycle
Posted By mole
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Out on the trail one fine sunny day, we happened to notice a Monarch caterpillar about ready to pupate (you can tell by the "J" shape that she's ready to become a chrysalis):




A day and a half later, her appearance was a bit changed:




While in its pupal case, an insect larva turns to "bug soup" and then reorganizes itself into the adult. It's been less than two weeks, and you can begin to see the color of the wings:




Later that same day, our newly emerged friend is out and almost ready to fly:





Her first flight brings her to a nearby Butterflyweed (orange milkweed):




I felt quite fortunate to be able to spot this little friend and follow her progress. Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of the Monarch life cycle as well!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 06:05 PM  
Macro Thimble-shaped beard - Husker's Red - Penstemon digitalis
Posted By mole
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Sure does show off the "beard" well! Raynox does a fine job (in your capable hands)!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 06:04 PM  
Nature Double Take
Posted By mole
Replies: 1
Views: 289
Your deer look to be as bold as ours - little or no fear of humans. Very nice composition on the "two headed" deer!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 06:02 PM  
Travel A seven day autumn hike with a tent, one camera and two lenses
Posted By mole
Replies: 12
Views: 699
Fascinating landscape - thanks for sharing. Interesting use of old utility poles, and wonderful fog scenes. Favorite for me is the first pano shot - very nicely done!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 06:00 PM  
Nature Flying Carpet
Posted By mole
Replies: 10
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Fascinating to see the action through your chronophoto technique!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 05:58 PM  
Landscape One for Jacquot and Br'er Mole
Posted By mole
Replies: 9
Views: 447
A delicate and lovely rendition - thanks so much for sharing.

Also brings back many memories - a local High School teacher used to coordinate trail volunteers for Porters Creek Trail - several of my children worked maintaining this trail when they were teens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 05:52 PM  
Nature If design govern in a thing so small....
Posted By mole
Replies: 5
Views: 410
So you're using a 6X7 film camera now? Must be a very nice light load to carry down the trail!!!

The light in #1 really makes it stand out for me!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 05:51 PM  
Landscape How about a few Tennessee Waterfalls?
Posted By mole
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Sorry you missed Ozone Falls - was it a time of very high water or was it icy? Hope you can come back and see it for yourself sometime...




Thanks! Glad to be back for a bit. Hope your dried apples came out well. Yes, I do enjoy looking for little landscapes...




Thanks so much. Second one (Sill Branch Falls) is an easy hike off of Clark's Creek. You should come check it out someday.



Indeed a beautiful place to live - are you a fellow Tennessean?



Glad you enjoyed hiking the "easy way," but these few snapshots can't touch the beauty of the reality. You'll have to come visit!




Thanks so much!




You are too kind!




I am definitely blessed!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 05:46 PM  
Nature Some of Rupert's Friends
Posted By mole
Replies: 6
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Correct! Also often called ground squirrels - they create very elaborate subterranean dens.




It's a fine old lens, especially stopped down a bit.




Thanks!




Otis can stay in Texas, our squirrels are not nearly so bold!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2017, 05:43 PM  
Nature Frog (& Toad) Song
Posted By mole
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Thanks so much!




Yes, a little effort and a lot of mud! But plenty of pleasure too.




Sure is a pleasant sound! I got several videos of these guys too, but not sure how to post them...




Indeed a bit of a challenge - this is the first year I've had some success. Peepers are very sensitive to the slightest movement (even my teeth chattering in the cold mud!)




So glad you enjoyed them!




Sure is quite a chin! But look how different he looks when it's deflated:





Thanks so much for your kind words.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 06:05 PM  
Nature Little Round Fruit
Posted By mole
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Some excellent color with that fine old lens (and some fine eyes as well!!)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 05:59 PM  
Landscape K-1 does Northern Lights
Posted By mole
Replies: 36
Views: 2,067
Amazing - both the natural phenomenon and your talented capture of each detail. Thanks so much for sharing!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 05:54 PM  
Landscape How about a few Tennessee Waterfalls?
Posted By mole
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Thanks - that's one of my favorites as well! You should come see it for yourself sometime - Hampton Creek Cove is far more beautiful "in person" than in any of my little photos!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 05:51 PM  
Nature Some of Rupert's Friends
Posted By mole
Replies: 6
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East Tennessee is blessed with many mammal species, including several of Rupert's rodent friends. Eastern Gray Squirrel is our most common species, but Fox Squirrel numbers are increasing lately.







We had a bumper crop of hickory nuts and acorns, great news for all the nut-gnawers. Here are several shots of Chipmunks, resting between nut-gathering expeditions, up in an old dying oak.








And finally, not a rodent, but a somewhat LARGER nut-eating creature. (One of the picnic areas at the home park is under a grove of mature oak trees.)

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Anyone care for a little picnic? Thanks for your comments & suggestions!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 05:41 PM  
People Radioactive not sure if 50 or 55
Posted By mole
Replies: 4
Views: 544
What a great face! And great job capturing the emotion!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 05:39 PM  
Black & White Like a Thief . . . . .
Posted By mole
Replies: 12
Views: 581
Prayers for your wife's speedy and complete recovery!

PS - tell her to stay away from your bony friend with the big teeth ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 05:37 PM  
Black & White The latest model of bikes
Posted By mole
Replies: 19
Views: 1,189
Even if it weren't that fast, I sure would stay out of its way!!

Nicely spotted and nicely captured as well!

(I'm coveting that classic leather saddle...)
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