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  1. #3981
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    Wild Hyacinth and Celadine Poppy from this weekend's nature hike in NW Georgia
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  2. #3982
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    Anybody like Orchids in the wild? We found 15 of them in the month of June. Here is just one.

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  3. #3983
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    Here are some semi-wild (as in: planted but not attended to daily) Orchids (?) growing along side the road. Just testing out the Vivitar 28-90 f/2.8-3.5 Macro.

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    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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  4. #3984
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    Where have all the flowers gone? (long time passing)

    Bougainvillea flowers. Tougher to shoot than I thought.

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    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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  5. #3985
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    D70,

    Seems a little noisy for ISO 800 and 1/200th on my monitor. I think I would crop it more square and lose one side or the other so the flowers are off center.

  6. #3986
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    Yup it is unusually noisy. Thought about the off center approach but left it centered for a little more drama. Looks particularly interesting printed 8 x 10. For some reason the D7000 does not like this Bougainvillea plant (sorry I called it a Hibiscus originally). Tried many times with different lenses and settings but the contrast seems to take its toll. Advice?

    I actually posted this as the forum was getting a little quiet.
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    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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  7. #3987
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    Crocosmia I think

    Here's a few I got recently. It's quite a large plant but I tried to focus on a small part of it to make it more dramatic.

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    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
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  8. #3988
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    I like the third shot best.

  9. #3989
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    The second, and third shots are excellent. Not sure what "critter" that is, but definitely adds to the shot.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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  10. #3990
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    The "critter" appears to be a Hoverfly. According to Wikipedia "Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae. As their common name suggests, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects."

    If you hold a fingertip out near a hoverfly it will often hover around your fingertip (possibly interested in the salt) and become like a pet for a moment or two!

    I agree that the flower is a Crocosmia and like the 2nd shot best.

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