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Old 07-27-2011, 12:21 PM   #91
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Mycena leiana is looking much closer but mine is definitely different...It's the puckers underneath that's going to throw it from that pool.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:29 PM   #92
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Getting down to the wire so I need to pick my entries. Especially since I'll be leaving Friday AM for another cross-country drive, once again with dogs, cats, birds and crazy aunt!

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Because I don't want hava to hava to crack the whip...and because I really, really like this picture. Since I first posted this I've identified this as an Arabesque Orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca). What a wonderful name, eh?

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This is from two years ago. I know that I've posted pictures from this series before so I checked the July POM contests from the last two years. Not only did I learn that this is my first July POM, I was reminded that I've been on this site for less than a year and a half. It seems longer (in a good way).

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Two more from 2009. These are two different moose from two locations in Alaska. The first was one of two calves browsing with their mother by the side of the road. They all seemed decidedly unconcerned with me and the other person taking their picture. The other, a yearling in velvet, just barely caught my eye as I drove past. It's amazing that such a large creature could be so inconspicuous.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:56 AM   #93
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Ohhhh.... I like that orbweaver. Way cool.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:02 AM   #94
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Ohhhh.... I like that orbweaver. Way cool.
So do I, Equil, very much but...that's not the photo I intended to submit. I meant to post the close-up of him that I showed in the "Bugs on Blooms" thread. Since I can't edit attachments I'd like to withdraw that version from the contest and replace it with the one below. Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:13 AM   #95
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Great shots, Bulu. I like the look and the name of your orbweaver.

Moose! Cool...not something I've ever seen other than in pictures/videos.
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Very nice photo of the weaver!
The yearling moose makes me want to go up to him and pet his soft soft nose.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:47 PM   #97
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I haven't taken many photos at all this year, but here are three from this month. These were taken at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Preserve in the SW suburbs of Chicago, went there with my daughter and her four kids. Had a good time, and my oldest granddaughter spotted a Northern Water Snake in a low-hanging shrub by a pond, so I got a shot of that, plus a shot of an amazingly homely, very large Snapping Turtle that stuck its head up to see what was going on. And finally, a Buttonbush flower cluster, they were starting to bloom when we were there.

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Ooooo Just like in the jungle movies.
Snapper sure has a lot of growth upon him. Must not leave the water much.
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John,

I guess when you take photos like that, you don't have to take many!

Great additions.

The snake is my favorite, I think.

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The Snapping Turtle's head was huge, probably a big female. And yes, it looks like it hasn't been out of the water in a while. It was kind of spooky, it would just pop up for a few seconds, then disappear again, only to pop up again a minute or so later. The murky water made it more unsettling as you never knew where it would be, although sometimes you could see lily pads moving as it moved around under them.

I like the snake photo too. I wish I'd brought my telephoto with that day for a closeup. I cropped quite a bit to get that image.

The pond where the snake was is a small pond that's got thousands of goldfish in it, so the Water Snakes love it. We saw another one there too, but it was little and wasn't nearly as photogenic I took a few shots of it, but they are nothing special. The one I posted was the best one.
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