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Photos from PTH15 on 2006-Aug17:
Orange-rumped bumblebee (Bombus melanopygus): on Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum) Tall meadowrue (Thalictrum dasycarpum): fruit nutlets Tall meadowrue (Thalictrum dasycarpum): fruit nutlet Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare): plant Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare): many North-American sweetflag (Acorus americanus): flower-spike North-American sweetflag (Acorus americanus): flower-spike closeup

Photos from Contour-fen on 2006-Aug17:
Rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides): seedpod inside a protective-cage Moccasin ladyslipper (Cypripedium acaule): seedpod inside a protective-cage Banded argiope spider (Argiope trifasciata): in web Banded argiope spider (Argiope trifasciata): in web closer Banded argiope spider (Argiope trifasciata): another view Banded argiope spider (Argiope trifasciata): another view closer

My camera had a major attack of "lens error" where the retractable lens mechanism jammed and refused to retract even when the camera was powered-off.  This has been an intermittent problem ever since I took it into a "dirty" cave near Grand Rapids, but today's episode was the most troublesome one to date as I failed repeatedly in my attempts to get it unjammed and thus missed out on several photo opportunities:-(  Indeed, this is the reason for the complete absence of the hinted-at photos from the Braintree area.  This problem appears to be worse on high-humidity days.