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Old 07-22-2014, 03:31 PM   #11
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More great shots.

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Catbird I see everyday lately. Has been searching through the leaf debris in the front yard after I put the logs in.

Huntsman on cup plant. They can get over the water moats where ants are not able to.

Found out about these sand wasps lately. Being mostly sand here at the bottom of an ancient lake.
I have a fondness for catbirds...I know jack does too. His comments about his resident catbird coincided with one showing up daily in our yard. The catbird seems fairly friendly and curious...kind of like chickadees.

As for the huntsman, I had to open the photo to see what it was--I grew up calling them daddy-long-legs.

Nice wasp. It is cool to see all of the various species that there are. Since starting the habitat gardening/restoration, I've noticed that the common wasp is just one of who knows how many species.
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Here's one from years past, July 2009, sitting along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain waiting for thousands of purple martins to come in to roost beneath the causeway bridge.

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Wow! Look at that color!

Great shot. Did you see the purple martins return? Any pictures?
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Gymell, your photos are stunning
They sure are...I have to wonder what other photos Gymell has in store for us!
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:11 AM   #14
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I was out checking on some plants on a gravel ridge that ends on our property today when some purple flowers caught my eye. It was Monarda punctata (spotted beebalm or dotted horsemint):

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A closer look at the flowers revealed an intricate and colorful flower structure:

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Sometimes you just have to look a little closer with some of our native flowers.
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good point NEWisc, nice pictures
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They sure are...I have to wonder what other photos Gymell has in store for us!
I have lots of photos, not many taken in July/August though because the bird activity definitely slows down at this time of year!
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I have lots of photos, not many taken in July/August though because the bird activity definitely slows down at this time of year!
Well, you can post your photos in any thread...and save your photos because you can still post any of your past photos in the appropriate month as that month's contest starts.
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I was out checking on some plants on a gravel ridge that ends on our property today when some purple flowers caught my eye. It was Monarda punctata (spotted beebalm or dotted horsemint)...

Sometimes you just have to look a little closer with some of our native flowers.
Very cool, NEWisc!

I've only seen it once in a book...your photos give me a much better idea of its unique beauty.
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Well, here are a few from me, though I think Gymell has it this month with that hummingbird.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:33 PM   #20
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As an aside, recently even if I am uploading a photo that has already been partially compressed and is well within the acceptable guidelines for file size, the photos are getting hugely compressed, down to 100kb or so. This was not happening last year, but I am not sure when it started. It definitely affects photo quality for contests, however. Is this a WG thing or is there something on my end I need to do?
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