Winding road…

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Today’s entry concludes my 2nd 365 project (733 posts). Making and posting a photograph every day is a sizable commitment of time. My friends and I challenged each other to do this, not to showcase some fine art we might come up with, but rather as a way of getting the cameras in our hands every day. In this way we could learn the controls of of the cameras, find new ways to use them, and to learn what all those confusing menu thingys are for. In this regard, it’s been a success as I no longer fumble around too much trying to get a shot set up.

I’m going to use this milestone to take a hiatus from daily shooting and just follow the several photoblogs I’m interested in. I’ll put some new stuff up over on my main blog when opportunities present themselves. I appreciate all who have put up comments on my efforts. It’s nice to know someone is checking. I will probably get bored and want to start another 365 project in a couple of months. Thanks for looking!

Prairie ragwort…

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A wild plant in the aster family.

Snake in the grass…

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I almost ran over two Garter snakes today with the lawn mower. Fresh from their winter slumber, they are quite sluggish and don’t move out of harm’s way very quickly. Okay, this one was clipped by the weed-eater and unfortunately did not survive the encounter. I needed a photo for the day though, so I posed him for the shot.

You can’t see me…

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This leopard frog thought he was well concealed.

American Bluehearts (Buchnera americana)…

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One of the first wildflowers to come out in the Spring.

The Marvelous Morels…

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Morel mushrooms are considered a gourmet delicacy by many people. They only appear in wooded areas for a couple of weeks in the early Spring. This was the first I have sighted this year. Sliced up and fried, they are quite tasty.

Harbinger of Pawpaws…

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The Zebra Swallowtail butterfly feeds almost exclusively on the leaves of the Pawpaw tree. When searching for the pawpaw fruit late in the summer, it is always a good indicator of nearby trees when these zebras are sighted. I was surprised to see them this early in the spring since I had seen no butterflies of any kind before today, and the pawpaws have just barely started to leaf out. The several days of 80 degree weather must have stimulated them.

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