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September 16, 2012 - 11:09am

It's late summer and the natural world is teeming with photo opportunities

I didn't have to go far to get a photo of this dragonfly, called a twelve-spot skimmer. Apparently it was temporarily grounded by an early morning chill. It flew off when I attempted to scoop it up in my hand.

A white-tailed dragonfly clings to a wild grape vine.

A pearl crescent butterfly spreads its wings.

This marshy stream flows through one our preferred outdoor haunts.

This is our chocolate lab, Tate...

Obviously, this is one of his favorite places to cavort!

A raft of waterfowl, many of them black ducks, take a midday break.

A narrow portion of the stream where it passes through heavy brush.

With a nut clenched firmly in its jaws, this gray squirrel was scurrying on a fallen log when it stopped to relieve an itch.

Irene Will
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great pictures as usual, Howard. Just want to say - -Labs are THE BEST DOGS EVER !!!!!

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Thanks Irene - glad you like the pics.......and Labs!

Mardell Lamb
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Wonderful shots, Jim! Always look forward to your articles. Tate looks like a fun dog! :)

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Thanks, Mardell.........and yeah, you could say Tate brings us a good deal of enjoyment. He's your typical Lab, quite lovable and affectionate and a bit of a bone head at times...Tate's partners in crime are Ernie, our Springer mix and Murray the cat......in short, never a dull moment!

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Aaaaww!! :) (The Three Muskateers.) Ha!

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Great Pictures Jim, you have a knack for catching some great wildlife photos, including that crazy dog of yours.

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Thanks, Ange.....by the way, hope we get a chance to visit before your trip to Colorado..........elk hunting & fly fishing - you must be pumped!

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