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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Troutnut on May 22, 2007May 22nd, 2007, 4:57 am EDT
I've just added a new panoramic picture to the landscapes section. Have a look. :)

It's one of those places I could be shot for naming, even though it's not a huge secret. Those of you familiar with the Catskills might recognize it, but please don't say where it is.

I just got a new high-end Mac (my first non-Windows computer, I love it) and Photoshop CS3, which has a feature to stitch panoramas together. So I took ten pictures while pivoting my camera around in a circle on the tripod, and this is what I got when I put them together. I think it's a neat feature and I'll be playing around with it more soon.
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Taxon on May 22, 2007May 22nd, 2007, 8:30 am EDT
Wow, really neat effect, and of course, an absolutely gorgous photo!
Best regards,
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Keswick, Cumbria, England

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D40 on May 29, 2007May 29th, 2007, 10:17 am EDT
Beautiful picture and you've used the technique to good effect there Jason. Look forward to seeing some pics taken thru your ND filter.

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