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Tandy Hills, Ft. Worth, TX

2015.05.03
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Bee and butterfly sharing the same flower.
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Bee in flight looking for another flower for some dinner.
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Not sure what happened with these two butterflies but one looks like he was put through the wringer and the other looks pretty pristine.
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Another bug going for the same type of flower.
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Just across the road I saw this totem like pole with the eagle and nest atop. There were a couple of faces on the sides, but the thing that struck me most I found on the other side. No photo of them so as to maintain their honor. There were a number of plaques with the names of people, with birth and the dates of their death. I don't know who they were but most had died fairly recently. It was a unique monument to them.
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Down deep in the grass I spied this little flower. It was so deep I had to have my wife hold some of the grass and weeds back to get the shot.
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Indian Blanket mixed in among the other flowers.
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Another few days and this thistle will be as purple as it can be. But still pretty nasty to touch.
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A Yucca against a dark background. It really stood out.
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These back lit flowers really stood out in the field.
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Almost missed this little group of flowers. This one was about 3/4th inch across and hidden along the edge of one of the trails.
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This little Lady Bug lost her spots somewhere. The rest around the plants had their spots.
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Just a bunch of little yellow flowers.
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The nest. What I thought, from a distance was a pile of brush, turned out to be a very carefully constructed nest about 8 feet long. Looking inside, there were sticks loosely wrapped in yarn, covered in yarn, fabric and a bunch of other stuff. Some of the branch were braided. Really a pretty sharp looking construction.
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Cornflower with a little friend who just would not turn around.
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Even when a tree was cut down, it still made a beautiful patterned subject.
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Just standing guard over the field.
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Shot with the sun at their back these tall flowers had a silver lining to them and plenty of activity going on in the background to make it interesting to me. Hope you like it.
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He just sat there and starred at me, so I took his photo. What's a fella to do when it's eyes are black and his back is blue? To paraphrase a song I know.
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Young cornflower
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Dead, dead, and deader. One dead ant, one dead snail, and one dead plant probably from last year.
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Cornflower and if you look closely, a web of one of the many spiders around the area.
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Son of a gun, another cornflower.
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This one has a friend. Unlike many of the butterflies in the area that were gray, this one was almost white.
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Tandy Hills, in the heart of Ft. Worth, TX is a little bit of naturalist heaven. Meadows with easy trails, rougher trails through the woods, and lots of things to photograph. It was a fun meet for a group of NANPA photographers out for an afternoon of fun. I left about a half hour before sundown, why? Because like a novice I had forgotten to put a couple of extra camera batteries and in the middle of a burst of shots my camera stops dead. Oh well, there's always another day with more flowers blooming.
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