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Velvet blue

Tiny Eastern tailed-blue butterflies wafted around the meadow like pieces of cobalt confetti.

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Attention, K(estrel)-mart shopper

A cute but deadly hunter, this male American kestrel (Falco sparverius) watched alertly from the top of various short trees around a meadow scanning for tiny food stuffs to fill his lunch cart.

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Juxtaposed swamp meet

An attractive Skunk cabbage — bright green with a plum-colored comma-like accent — provided a sharp contrast with the less appealing bog water it was growing in.

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Frozen treat

On one of the few snowy days so far this year, a sprightly sprig of pine tags formed an impromptu cup for a wintry confection.

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Little red gliding hoods

On a chilly afternoon, a couple of male Redheads (Aythya Americana) enjoyed paddling around a thawed section of the lake. A nearby Canada goose looked on — perhaps with admiration for the rusty cinnamon noggins.

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Glacial growth rings

Franklin Lake had a thin glaze, although a few parts remained liquidly supple. Here and there, small petals of ice blossomed along reedy stems.

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Lower the Brown Lantern

Caught upright on some dry briars, a large leaf formed a daytime beacon on the forest floor as the sun shone through its veined parchment. Might be from a Red oak tree (Quercus rubra).

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