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Lately, I've taken to noticing nature around me. For one, Tennessee wildlife is hard to ignore. For another, most critters are vivid enough to make an impression on me and, consequently, on my camera's CMOS.

This bunny and its nursemaid were right under my nose for a while as I photographed flowers. Then the older bunny bolted and I noticed the little one. It patiently waited for me to take a couple of photos, then retreated behind the flower stems.

Boxer named Boo
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Skulking as usual
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Dogface in profile
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Boxer Boo in his last days. Those days he skulked around and dreamed of the good old days when he was, at least in his own mind, the alpha male of the household. He was personable but prone to slobbering on visitors.
Toad face
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Toad head top
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Toad side
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Ripples in the water
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Amourous amphibians
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Toad leg
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Cozying up
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Yet another top view
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Full view
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Sushi and Mister Feeble are our resident gay toads. They look and act like frogs but Betty assures me that they are, taxonomically, toads. They spend their lives oozing toxins into the water, humping each other and making noises reminiscent of microscopic poodles. These spotted sodomites are very dangerous to crickets.

These toads aren't alone in their interest in non-procreational sex. Bennie, one of the most friendly dogs I've ever met is also gay. That is rather a pity because I would have liked to get a puppy of that level of intelligence and good temper.

Armed Mister Toad
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Their wild counterpart on the left shows a little more independent spirit. With practice, it could be dangerous to larger animals. While plinking with us, however, it evidenced the typically relaxed attitude of a genteel redneck.
Pickled wasp
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Spider Hi-res

The spider above owns the bagged lunch shown on the left.

Blue tarantula
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This jumping spider looks just like a miniature tarantula (left).

Crab spider
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House fly Hi-res

Crab spider on the left is about to violate the civil rights of the fly. For some reason, no one has come forward to protest this situation. I suppose animal rights are limited only to the species which have been portrayed favorably by Disney.

Beetle
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European Rose Chafer Beetle is reputed to be devastating to gardens. It was, however, a very tame and obliging portrait subject.

Kayman periscope unit
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Kayman teeth
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Cayman
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Caymans might look cute, but they have more teeth than braincells and should be treated with caution. Approach them with the same general set of precautions used for dealing with Treasury Department employees. Just as with the IRS, feeding them causes the menace to grow. Eventually, they will stop considering you a food provider and simply view you as live food. At least they don't stomp on cats for mere jollies, like the other Treasury branch does.

Snail named Uzi
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An apple snail.

Paper wasp
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A paper wasp.

Which Pantone color is it?
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Backlit green Hi-res

Compositions in green, in red and in a combination of both.

Poppy seeds
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Poppy flower bud
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Azalia
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Droopy flowers
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Red and purple
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Cala lily
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Feral duck
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This feral duck has been hanging around the same pond for quite some time. It doesn't display the caution level typical of wild ducks but does come close enough for pictures. In his younger days, Boo would have tried to catch it. Nowdays, he doesn't bother.
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