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Nature in the Spotlight

Updated on October 21, 2014

Nature in the Spotlight!

Nature is in the spotlight! Lights, camera, action! With beauty all around, pull up a chair and enjoy the show as nature takes center stage!

It's amazing how nature puts on a show that is ever fascinating ~ a hot shot with spots and dots! I'm sure this is nature's way of camouflaging, but we tip our hat to Mother Nature, as she does a fantastic job of entertaining us ~ so enjoy the show, as we put Nature in the Spotlight!

This is a common checkered skipper ~ a pyrgus communis ~ I just call it pretty!

All pictures by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved

Nature's Beauty... - ...spots and dots!

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Nature in the Spotlight!

Whoa ~ What eyes!


A polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus), a member of the Saturniidae family in the Lepidoptera order

I would be so honored if you would sign the guestbook ~ thank you!

Plenty of spots to show off!


This is an American Lady Butterfly, a bit different than an American Painted Lady butterfly. The difference is the large eye at the bottom. Scientific name is the Vanessa Virginiensis, in the nymphalidae family.

Visit Insect Identification for the Casual Observer.org and Butterflies and Moths of North America for more helpful information!

Hot Spots!

According to a study, the spots on butterfly wings scare off predators because the spots are so conspicuous instead of the popular theory they resemble eyes of their predators.

Check out the study!

Butterfly Spots

Eye see you!

This spot's taken!

Ahh, we can share!


Thanks, Pal!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, scientific name Papilio glaucas

Visit Island Creek Elementary School for some terrific information on butterfiles and more ~ thumbs up for the students and their teachers for the hard work put into their great reference guide!

Scales make the pretty colors ~ - Looks great in the spotlight!

Dots and Dashes ~ SOS!


This is a hoverfly, also known as a member of the family Syrphidae.

eeeEEKK! - Ah, this is just one of my garden friends...


...don't you think he's lovely?! This is a writing spider, or also known as Argiope aurantia.

Visit Curbstone Valley Farm for some more info on this cute guy!

Even the trees have spots!

Gorgeous crown!


A white-throated sparrow, enjoying a little backyard treat.

Visit The Cornell Lab of Orinthology for more great info!

Okay, Fella! You don't really have spots! - ...but you can be in the spotlight!

Would you like to create a movie?

If you would like to create a movie from pictures like I have, even uploading them to YouTube, please visit my lens on how to make a movie in Picasa.

Visit How To Create a Movie in Picasa

Have you seen spots today?

Have you spotted any of nature's spots today?

See results

© 2012 Beverly Lemley

What's your favorite spot in nature?

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      ViolaSuSi 4 years ago

      Amazing photos!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: You are too kind, Linda! Thank you so much for being so thoughtful and supportive ~ I really appreciate it! Thank you so much for stopping by, Linda! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photographs. I hope people go to see your beautiful Zazzle products you created with your photographs. I know I keep saying this, but you are sooooo talented.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @readabooki: Great! So glad you nature as much as you can ~ and appreciate it, too! Thank you for stopping by! Glad you like the little blue fellow! I think it's a titmouse ~ strange name, I know! Cheers! B : )

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      readabooki 5 years ago

      I love your photo of that little blue bird. I love nature too and spend a lot of time gardening and just watching nature at work.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @patrickwaller: Thank you so much, Patrickwaller! You are very kind to say such nice things ~ and I'm glad you like the spider! B : )

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      patrickwaller 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos! I dont like spiders much but the spider one is excellent.Congrats!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MJ Martin: Good! I'm so glad that the pictures will help you to see nature in a "different" way! That's cool! Thank you for stopping by ~ and for your awesome comments! B : )

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      Wow, these pictures are so beautiful. Someday I will get a camera that takes better close ups. I love all the spots in nature you have found. I am seeing all the spots around my yard better now, thanks for an awesome lens!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MarcStorm LM: I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures ~ what a wonderful thing to hear; it always means a lot to know someone enjoyed them! I'm glad you liked the squirrel, too! They are quite the characters around here ~ I enjoy the show they're always putting on! Thanks for liking the spider, too! Unfortunately, a deer came and ate every last daylily in my garden, there was about 3,000 of them, and now the ecology has suffered tremendously. No more writing spiders for now. I can only hope they will be back next year. Thank you for your visit, MarcStorm! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @TheGourmetCoffe: Thank you, GourmetCoffeeGuy! I really appreciate your nice comments and that you stopped by for a visit! Thank you! It's so nice to meet someone who loves nature, too, and appreciates God's handiwork. We must take care of it, and the more folks appreciate it and stop to enjoy it, and become awed by it, well, maybe it's one more that will try to take care of it, and not use so many pesticides and herbicides ~ I'm sure you would agree! I will have to visit your lens and see if you have some great coffee ones! Love your name! Makes me ready to start brewing! B : )

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      williemack58 5 years ago

      I can't give a favorite, I love to watch shows like National Geographic and I am continual amazed by nature. I have, however, enjoyed the photography in your lens.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      You take beautiful pictures! Love the close ups, Love the blue sparkling dots on the butterfly, amazing! You're spider friend is very cool! I'm sure Mr. or Mrs. Squirrel was glad to be spotlighted lol Great Article!

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, enjoyed it very much. Love nature, wildlife, flowers, God's creation! Also "liked" your lens!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you for taking the time to stop by, Dewittsenior! I appreciate your kind comements, too! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @williemack58: Thank you so much, Williemack58 ~ you're very kind to visit and leave such a nice comment! thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What wonderful photos you have taken. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LornsA178: Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate the encouragement! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Melissa Miotke: So does my Mom-in-Law! They are surrounded by trees, giving a treehouse effect on the second floor. Pretty cool! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love being surrounded by trees. Great pictures in this lens!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Beautiful photography! Great job!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Nithya Venkat: Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the show ~ cheers! B : )

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 5 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed the show, fantastic lens. Loved it.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Heidi Vincent: So glad you enjoyed the show ~ and for sharing your love of nature! Its so nice when you meet others that appreciate Nature and want to care for what God has given us. Yes, the butterfly with the eyes ~ I need to look that name up ~ has a very unique mechanism! The eyes actually look like bits of metallic! Nature is so smart! Thank you for your visit, FreshStart7! I appreciate your kind thoughts! B : )

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      gamermonkey 5 years ago

      Beautiful pics. I work in my Grandfather's Japanese garden. It's gorgeous in the spring. Nice to see other nature enthusiasts. The bird in your lens reminds me of some of the birds in the garden. I water some special spots to make puddles and the birds like to cool off in it :)

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I am a nature person so I definitely enjoyed your nature show. The butterfly with what seemed as eyes at the beginning was truly amazing. Constant reminders of how wonderful God's creation is.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gamermonkey: That is a terrific idea! I know the birds really like just very little water in the birdbath, so that would be fun watching them use little puddles here and there. I'll bet being able to work in a Japanese garden, helping your Grandfather is terrific. I'm sure he enjoys having you around, too! Thank you for stopping by! Happy gardening! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Im Horse Crazy: Thank you for your kind visit! I appreciate your comments! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @misseync: Thank you for visiting, Misseync! I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures and I hope you can see and enjoy nature a bit every day! I think it's good for the soul! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thanks, Tipi! Thank you for the visit and I can fully appreciate the eeEEKk! factor! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      Great pictures! This page is soooo cute! Love it!

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      misseync 5 years ago

      I love your lenses about nature! Beautiful pictures!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      eeeEEKK!...on that lovely spider for sure but you have to say he is a beauty! This is a spotted treat and a photo delight!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @iankc: Thank you so much for stopping by and for the nice comments ~ I appreciate the nice comment about the spider, too! B : )

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      Ian Casey 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm kind of partial to the beach myself...great lens BTW. I love that spider photo, and I usually hate spiders!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Kumar P S: Thank you so much for your visit and for your nice comment! Cheers! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LilibeanNP: Yes, nature is amazing! Thank you for your visit and for your more than kind comments! And I am happy to share with others ~ thank you for your encouragement, LilibeanNP! B : )

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      LilibeanNP 5 years ago

      Nature is amazing! And your pictures capture that so perfectly. Thanks for sharing! =)

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Rosaquid: Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Yes, thanks!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @lclchors: Thank you so much for visiting! Thank you for your comments and for the squidlike, too! B : )

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      beautiful photos great lens

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SteveKaye: My goodness! I hope you were ready to catch it all ~ and that you did catch as many as you could. What a great day that would be! Even without the pictures, it's wonderful to hear of your experience ~ that is indeed a great experience! Thanks so much for sharing that! I hope there's a lens in the making here for your captures! B : )

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I went out to take photos of juvenile Green Herons this morning. They sort of have spots. While waiting for a good pose, an entire world of birds went by. The Western Bluebirds came out of their nest box to feed. Lesser Goldfinches left a shrub in a burst. A Nutmeg Mannikin flew by with a 12-in long piece of dry grass for a nest. And assorted Ducks waddled about.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @TheCoolStuffHQ: Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving such a nice comment! Thank you! B : )

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      TheCoolStuffHQ 5 years ago

      Love the pictures !

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @greenmind: Thanks for visiting! I see you like identifying insects! ...Hum...Maybe I can pick your brain at some point! Thank you for your nice comments! I enjoyed your lens on brown recluse spiders! B : )

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      GreenMind 5 years ago from USA

      really cute lens. Some of these insects are very familiar to me!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ohcaroline: Thank you so much for your kind visit and encouraging words! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Jo11: Thank you for letting me know about a page not loading! I checked and things seem to be okay for now. Thank you for kindly letting me know ~ I will try to keep an eye on it. Trying to connect to a movie made with Picasa was an experiment, since Flickr isn't an option for us now. I hope it holds up! Thank you for your kind words and visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Craftypicks: Thank you, RockinPicks! I appreciate your visit and kind words! B: )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you so much for your kind visit and for the blessing! I appreciate the kind support and thank you for your wonderful comments ~ thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you! I appreciate your very supportive words and encouragement! Thank you for your kind visit and for the squid like and blessings! Many blessings to you ~ have a terrific day ~ and thanks again! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @InfusionArt LM: Thank you so much, InfusionArt, for your kind visit and comments! I appreciate that a lot! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @robertwillams: Thank you so much for your kind visit and for the really nice comment! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @alex89 lm: I'm glad to find a fellow bug person! I think nature is cool ~ I'm sure that's the fascination! Thank you so much for your visit and and kind comments ~ and for the squidlike! Cheers! B : )

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      robertwillams 5 years ago

      lovely photos just fantastic lens

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, I especially like the bug pics. I'm not sure why, but I've always been fascinated by bugs, I spent an entire afternoon one day watching a spider weave a web on my balcony.

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      InfusionArt LM 5 years ago

      Wow what brilliant pictures, they're great and good lens!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very lovely article! Your photos are always such a joy to view. Blessings. :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Amazing pictures. Blessed!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great lens!

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      Jo11 5 years ago

      You're photography is terrific! Really enjoyed this lens. But I'm getting a page not found for the Nature's Spotlight page - perhaps just down at the moment so will try a bit later.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Excellent photos from nature's bounty.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @wedpittsburgh lm: Thank you! Thank you for stopping by and for the nice comment ~ thank you! B : )

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      wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

      Love the photos! Great lens!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Sara Krentz: Thank you so much for your kind comment and for the visit and squidlike ~ I appreciate it! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Keith J Winter: Thank you for your kind visit and for commenting! And thank you for the squidlike ~ that's awesome! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Caromite: Thank you so much for your visit and for the squidlike ~ and for the awesome comment! B : )

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful lens - love the photos.

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      Great lens and stunning pictures. There is so much colour and pattern in insects but we often don't see it unless it is presented to us in photos. Thank you for sharing.

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      Caromite 5 years ago

      I really love nature! Your photos are adorable :)

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @CottageHomestead: Thank you so much for leaving a wonderful comment ~ thank you! B : )

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      CottageHomestead 5 years ago

      Yes absolutely love nature! Great lens!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @lucia1990: Thank you so much for your kind visit and comments!

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      lucia1990 5 years ago

      Lovely Picture.... And also lovely lens...

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @robertwillams: Thank you, RobertWillams ~ you are very kind! Thank you for your visit and your comment is very encouraging! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SheilaMilne: Thank you for visiting and your comment makes my day! Thank you, SheilaMilne! B : )

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      robertwillams 5 years ago

      Wow! really fantastic lens

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Your photography is stunning!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gatornic15: Thank you so much for your kind comments and for the angel blessing! Thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @PaigSr: Ahh, that's a fine way to enjoy nature ~ I agree! Thank you for stopping by!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Your photographs are incredible! You truly captured the beauty of nature. Blessed

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      My favorite spot in nature is walking in the woods. That is my spot in nature.