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Dec 11, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Sitting Pretty

A ladybug beetle sits at the tip of a leaf of acer truncatum, aka Shantung maple or purpleblow maple. It (gender unknown) had a great view of some wonderful fall colors that day from atop Cobblers Knob

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Dec 11, 2020 6:21 PM CST
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What a wonderful shot, and cropping. The colors are majestic with a complimentary background. Love it! 🍁 🍁 🍁 🍁 🍁(my 5 star rating system)
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Dec 11, 2020 6:58 PM CST
Name: Kristi
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What lovely, intense colors in this banner. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Dec 11, 2020 7:27 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Amazing banner!
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Dec 11, 2020 9:32 PM CST
Name: Valerie
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I agree The colours are gorgeous, and the little ladybug is cute!
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Dec 11, 2020 9:53 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Yes! Bright, beautiful colors! Smiling
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Dec 11, 2020 10:41 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
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Great banner - love the little lady bug!
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Dec 12, 2020 2:41 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thoughtful, & technically well done image. Good eye. Smiling
You captured her perfectly, Elizabeth. Thumbs up
Where is Cobbler's Knob?
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Dec 12, 2020 5:41 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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EscondidoCal said:Thoughtful, & technically well done image. Good eye. Smiling
You captured her perfectly, Elizabeth. Thumbs up
Where is Cobbler's Knob?


Thanks, Cal. I should have explained it in my brief description of the shot. It's one of the highest elevations in Hidden Lake Gardens near Tipton, Michigan. The place (HLG) is largely glacial moraine, with hills and wetlands and bogs all intermingled. Cobblers Knob looks out over the eponymous Hidden Lake and acres of deciduous forest. A switchback narrow one way road leads up to the Knob, which has been artificially partially cleared, making room for an off-road parking area, and affording a grand view. Then the road plunges back downhill, back into the woods.
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Dec 12, 2020 5:54 AM CST
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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Beautifully done.
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Dec 12, 2020 6:08 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Would love to see a few more pics please from the gardens,
and a panorama from the Knob if possible. Smiling Crossing Fingers!
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Dec 12, 2020 7:50 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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EscondidoCal said:Would love to see a few more pics please from the gardens,
and a panorama from the Knob if possible. Smiling Crossing Fingers!


Strangely, I don't seem to have taken any actual panoramas from Cobblers Knob. A search on my smugmug site for 'Cobblers Knob' turned up 130+ photos, many of them of trees, shrubs, flowers atop the Knob, but some of the views. The photos are sprinkled throughout the site in different galleries, so a search is the best way to find them.
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I have a separate gallery for HLG itself, with photos intended to give a sense of what its like to visit there at different times throughout the year
https://arctangent.smugmug.com...

It's just a small sampling of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos I've taken there over the years.

Thanks for you continued interest. Much appreciated. Thank You!
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Dec 12, 2020 10:54 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thanks, Elizabeth!
Excellent photography & website! Thumbs up
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Dec 12, 2020 7:04 PM CST
Name: Rj
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Cool banner Elizabeth!
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Dec 12, 2020 10:48 PM CST
Name: Bea
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Enjoyed the Hidden Lake Photos very much. All photos are really inspiring. Thanks for the trip thru the amazing gardens. Some pics would make Great Wall murals. πŸ‘
I’m so busy... β€œI don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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Dec 13, 2020 3:34 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
bumplbea said:Enjoyed the Hidden Lake Photos very much. All photos are really inspiring. Thanks for the trip thru the amazing gardens. Some pics would make Great Wall murals. πŸ‘

I agree , Bea! Smiling

Just this page is amazing....
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And the Hidden Lake photos are just the tip of the photoberg!
So many folders & subfolders of great images.
A real treasure trove. Blinking

And don't miss the videos of the swans, ducks, cranes.
(they didn't play in the browser, but was able to download to
watch.....I have 100mbs internet, too).

Elizabeth,
I hope Hidden Lake Gardens gave you a lifetime pass. Sticking tongue out

Besides taking & sharing so many great images, you've done an incredible job organizing all the photos & folders....a huge task. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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Dec 14, 2020 5:04 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Thanks, so much Bea and Cal (@bumplbea @EscondidoCal) for the kind words about my smugmug photos (and videos). After seeing Cal's much more skilled videos, I blush a little over my crude efforts. All my videos are hand held and totally unedited *Blush*

Cal, the organization (and re-organization) has taken place over many years. I joined smugmug in 2008, never dreaming where it would all lead. If I had to start from scratch with a bunch of unsorted photos, it would be a daunting task, but taking it bit by bit, it was more fun than work. It's still ongoing, with my latest project a re-organization of my photos of identified trees. Smiling
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Dec 14, 2020 1:00 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
re: Cal's much more skilled videos, I blush a little over my crude efforts.

Thanks, Elizabeth for that nice compliment, but I have to laugh,
as that's exactly how I feel about your photos. Hilarious!
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Dec 14, 2020 9:21 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Now I'm blushing for a different reason, Cal.

I guess it's natural for each person (each normal person) to admire most in others the skills they know they don't possess. Rejoice in diversity!
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