Waning Gibbous Moon

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The best time to really look at the moon is when it is partially lit. Through a telescope or even binoculars. It’s much easier to see the layers of the surface. The place to look is at the median where the night and day meet. Here you can see the shadows cast by the craters against the moon floor. You then begin to realize all of those small Swiss Cheese like images are mountains and valleys created by asteroids over time.

A Mummuration

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Tens of thousands of birds are on the move as fall approaches. I was fortunate to watch a murmuration in downtown Murfreesboro. A Murmuration is when thousands of birds are flying together and seemingly move as one. Normally seen at dusk as they are searching for a place to roost for the night.

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Harvest Moon 9.16.16

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I have had several comments on this shot. A lot of people see two hands reaching out to each other. I didn’t notice that originally but I definitely see it now. This shot was taken just minutes after moonrise. The picture below was about 15 minutes after moonrise. I had someone ask me why the color of the moon is so orange when it first comes up only to turn white as it gets higher in the sky. When you are looking at the moon as it first rises you are looking through layers of atmospheric conditions. Such as dust, air pollutions and smoke. These conditions absorb the blue light and transmit the red As the moon rises those elements have dissipated and you see the true color. You can see how within just minutes the color changes.

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Sunset 9.14.16

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Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

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The males turn blue as they get older.

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Amberwing Dragonfly

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Gulf Fritillary

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Low Fog

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This shot was taken around 6:15 last Saturday in Woodbury Tennessee. The weather was just right to hold the fog down in place. Below was about 30 minutes later.

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Spicebush Swallowtail

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It’s fairly hard to get a shot of a butterfly flying, at least for me. However this guy was lumbering around in the same spot. So I got a few shots.

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Pipevine Swallowtail

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I got this shot at Long Hunter State Park here in Middle Tennessee. He was perched on some local bee balm. I love the iridescent blue colors.

Common Water Snake

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Field of Blazing Star

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This field in Long Hunter State Park was beaming with these six foot spires of Blazing Star. Butterflies, Moths and bees were definitely enjoying the nectar.

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Common White Tail Dragonfly

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This female landed on this wooden bench as if to say take my picture. So I did.

Below is a male. They have a white body vs the females brown. Also different patterns on their wings.

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Common Buckeye

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I love the markings on these butterflies. I am an earth tone kind of guy and I love Halloween. So orange and black with some browns and cream colors you can’t go wrong.

Green Dragon

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This is a native wildflower. This one happens to live at my house. I have lots of native wildflowers as well as shrubs and trees. They are easy to grow as they have had hundreds of years to acclimate to our crazy weather. In the Spring when this plant comes out of the ground for several weeks it looks like a Dragon. I guess I should have taken a picture of it then for its namesake. I thought I had but can’t find it. Next Spring it’s on my to do list.

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Clear Wing Moth

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Last year I hardly saw any of these moths. This year they are everywhere. They are also known as the Humming Bird Moth. They fly just like humming birds but are just a little smaller.

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Sunset 8.27.16

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Purple Damselfly

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Double Crested Cormorant

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This is a young Cormorant. As they get older their wings become black. I recently heard someone call them lake chickens. Look at the picture below and you can see why.

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Ironweed

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It’s that time of the summer when Ironweed makes its appearance. You can’t miss it if your looking. It can grow seven feet plus tall. I am not sure why it is named Ironweed. I have just assumed that it’s namesake comes from how tough the plant is. It loves the heat and doesn’t appear to be affected by the lack of rain. However it definitely doesn’t look like a weed this time of the year.