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The Butler Cemetery is a peaceful place in the rolling hills of Smith County, Tennessee. Grave from the Givens, Butler, Waller, Kemp, Sircy, and other families are located here. I took the photo in 2009. My great-grandparents, Luther and Hettie Waller, are buried here.

This could be sap from the tree, or it could be something that the lichen produces. At any rate, the tree’s bark does not look healthy.

Clifton's Peach Tree #3

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Close up of the flat, hairy  parts of the lichen on my cousin Clifton’s peach tree.

A veritable forest of lichen on my cousin Clifton’s peach tree. There are flat, hairy, scalloped “leaves” and fern-like “trees” that seem like they should come from two different types of plants.

There’s a whole other ecosystem growing on this peach tree. At first it just seems like a nice green tree, but take a few steps closer and you realize there’s something weird about it…

White Melon or Squash Flower

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Another white flower, this time a simple melon or squash blossom just before dawn.

The Queen's Fly

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Who knew that flies could be so colorful? This fly chose to sleep on a bed of Queen Anne’s lace.

Spiders Series #6

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I managed to capture the structure of this spiderweb while the spider was actively working on it. If you know what kind of spider this is, please let me know in the comments.

Spiders Series #5

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Here’s another breed of spider just moseying along on her web. If you know what kind of spider this is, please let me know in the comments.

Spiders Series #4

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Birds do it. Bees do it. Even skinny brown spiders do it. (Sorry, Cole!) Here’s a male and a female spider doing the dance of love. I hung around and watch these guys for a while, but I’m not sure you would like to see more.

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