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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Indian paintbrush?
Shooting star.
Shooting star cluster.  These were at the foot of a little waterfall.
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Martinlf on May 26, 2016May 26th, 2016, 9:45 am EDT
I forgot these in the report. There were many others we didn't photograph, but these were very beautiful.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Jmd123 on May 26, 2016May 26th, 2016, 12:52 pm EDT
Louis, Indian Paintbrush it is! Don't ask me which species, as there are many, but I do have a book of Arizona wildflowers from when I was there in 2006, so I might be able to put a species name on it. Shooting stars are very cool, I haven't seen the purple ones but I did see a white species out in Corvalis, Oregon. Thanks for sharing!!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Martinlf on May 26, 2016May 26th, 2016, 6:08 pm EDT
Jonathon, I'd seen the white shooting stars as a child in Tennessee. My dad showed them to me out in the woods near our favorite river. It was so exciting to find the purple ones! They were intense.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Marvinforte on May 31, 2016May 31st, 2016, 8:49 am EDT
"White flowers get no respect"
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Martinlf on Jun 4, 2016June 4th, 2016, 7:14 am EDT
Yeah, we saw bunches of them, and yellow ones too, that never got a photo. But those shooting stars were stunning.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Martinlf on Dec 26, 2016December 26th, 2016, 1:40 am EST
Ed, you might enjoy these also.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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