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January 26, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Our readers have been hitting the trails, venturing into parks and basking in the sunshine in their own backyards to bring you the latest intriguing images from East County.


Garden camouflage:  Robert Gehr snapped this image of a praying mantis artfully blending with leaves in his backyard.


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Here's the buzz:  Photographer Daren Sefcik caught this squirrel checking out a bee at Chollas Park.



Fungus among us:  Sefcik's lens also shot this colorful fungus sprouting on the trail to El Cajon Peak.





Making a splash:  Laura Cyphert photographed this adventurous individual sliding down the lower waterfall at Three Sisters Falls near Descanso. 


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