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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives
Baetis

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

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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Photos by Troutnut from Denali Highway in Alaska

Tundra puddle

From Denali Highway in Alaska
Waddling swans with their signets

From Denali Highway in Alaska
Denali Highway in Alaska
Lowland by Seattle Creek

From Denali Highway in Alaska

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Oldredbarn
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Oldredbarn on Sep 10, 2013September 10th, 2013, 1:44 pm EDT
Fella...Its starting to look like its about to get a little chilly up there! :)

Jason...Are you using filters to take these photos?

Spence
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Troutnut on Sep 11, 2013September 11th, 2013, 5:19 pm EDT
It's definitely getting a bit chilly up here.

I take all these pictures through a polarizing filter (because it's easier to leave it on my walk-around camera than to take it on and off all the time), but it's usually not noticeable. Manipulating the photos in Lightroom may give them a bit of a filtered look. Hopefully it's a good look.
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Crepuscular on Sep 11, 2013September 11th, 2013, 5:37 pm EDT
Hopefully it's a good look.


Jason, it's more than good.

On another note, do you ever do any bird hunting up there?
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PaulRoberts on Sep 11, 2013September 11th, 2013, 5:52 pm EDT
Wonderful! In CO, too, it was the ground cover that lit up in autumn. Just reveled in it.

Curious... Do you know if the tree distribution in the second image is due to fire, water, or frost?
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Jmd123 on Sep 11, 2013September 11th, 2013, 7:35 pm EDT
WOW Jason. You sure have no shortage of picturesque landscapes up there...

Your swans remind me of the Trumpeter Swans we have around here. They're pretty rare in the rest of MI (Spence can correct me if I'm wrong) but I see them all the time around here...along with wood and Blanding's turtles, which are both listed as Special Concern here in MI but I do see plenty around here.

Anyways, fabulous photos Jason, thanks for continuing to share your adventures in the Far North with us!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Crepuscular on Sep 12, 2013September 12th, 2013, 3:36 am EDT
Wonderful! In CO, too, it was the ground cover that lit up in autumn. Just reveled in it.


Paul I couldn't agree more! when the lowbush blueberry changes color here in the fall it's beautiful.
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Troutnut on Sep 12, 2013September 12th, 2013, 8:12 am EDT
On another note, do you ever do any bird hunting up there?


Yes, I do. I went a couple days ago but didn't see any birds. I should post those pictures, too.

Curious... Do you know if the tree distribution in the second image is due to fire, water, or frost?


Water and permafrost, I think.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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PaulRoberts on Sep 12, 2013September 12th, 2013, 4:14 pm EDT
Do post pictures of your bird hunting. Turns out there are a number of gallinaceous species here in the Philippines, and a bunch of pigeons and doves too. Doubt I'll get to hunt them though, in part bc I know nothing about their numbers. There are no game, or fish, laws here. Dynamite is OK, except on coral reefs.

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