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Old 10-12-2011, 10:23 PM   #11
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That first one is the best capture I've seen in a long, long time. It's an absolutely marvelous photo!
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #12
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~October 2011 Photo of the Month Contest~-latemonarch.jpg
One of the last monarchs of the season, surely.
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One of the last monarchs of the season, surely.
Nice, amelanchier! I love your habitat in the background. Congrats on your monarch.

I'm happy to report that I saw one or two this past week and got some photos of one that looks "brand new"...perhaps it is one of "my own" caterpillars all grown up.

I can't wait to have large masses of wildflowers in my habitat--so far I've got a nicely expanding spot full of asters and goldenrods and full of pollinators. Every year I'll expand that area and start new ones throughout the habitat until I have something like you have.
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Nice grasshopper closeup!
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Nice grasshopper closeup!
Thanks. I was taking flower pictures and he was just sitting there on the rock near my feet, so I snapped a couple pics. I cropped the best one.
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Thanks. I was taking flower pictures and he was just sitting there on the rock near my feet, so I snapped a couple pics. I cropped the best one.
Great resolution & clarity for a cropped photo. I can never manage to get that right.
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Great resolution & clarity for a cropped photo. I can never manage to get that right.

I lucked out. The camera is capable of great clarity, but I don't always achieve it!
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amelanchier> Loved your photo!!! Is Amelia old enough yet to toddle around out there chasing flutterbies>>>? Do you realize what memories she's gonna have when the 2 of you are long gone of being a little kid in that "oasis" for life you've created out back?
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amelanchier> Loved your photo!!! Is Amelia old enough yet to toddle around out there chasing flutterbies>>>? Do you realize what memories she's gonna have when the 2 of you are long gone of being a little kid in that "oasis" for life you've created out back?
Adele. She's juuust starting to walk a few steps, but she definitely loves the outdoors. I typically take her to the front yard and set her down on one of the paths while I do weeding or whatever. When she was really little I put her on a blanket, but now I just let her go to town. She eats grass occasionally, but no biggie. I don't have a gas mower, so there's likely nothing on it that could harm her. My wife would like me to create a grassy area for sitting in the back yard too, but I'm reluctant to chop anything down. We're thinking more & more about moving in the next couple of years anyway, and I can incorporate a little grassy area into the design next time. Besides, when she's a bit older, I think she'll have more fun playing under tall Joe Pye weeds than just rolling around in lawn grass.
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