Faves of 4Q 2016

 

Fourth quarter began as usual, with foliage showing the signs of fall, such as this Slender Bush Clover found on Snowball Hill Prairie:

Slender Bush Clover in fall colors

Slender Bush Clover in fall colors

Not far from the clover, I found 3 Rough Blazing Stars:

Rough Blazing Star wildflowers

And I have to include one of my favorite finds at a local hardware store, some fun-loving Mums (which 2 are now part of the entrance to my rural home!):

Fall Mums

And as the season transformed into late fall, more Monarchs appeared at my home butterfly garden:

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly pair

As well as some “false Monarchs”, the Viceroy butterfly:

Viceroy butterfly

And another new wildflower for me, the Gentian (found on Snowball Hill Prairie):

Downy Gentian wildflower

I found one last chance to kayak a local Conservation Area before the lake began to freeze:

Rising sun through the dense fog

Great Blue Heron in heavy fog

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

A Damselfly with it’s “many wings”:

Damselfly

Damselfly

But the highlight of the end-of-year was a first time trip to Arches National Park in Utah, for some night photography:

Star Trails over Balanced Rock

Star Points over Balanced Rock

Super-moon at Balanced Rock

Pine Tree Arch at night

Lone Pine Tree at night

Stars and the Milky Way over Turret Arch

Landscape Arch at night

Double Arch at night

Star Trails over and through the North Window

Park Avenue at night

Did you miss the first 3 quarters? If so, you can find them here:

What will 2017 bring? I can’t wait to find out! I have a few interesting trips scheduled and can’t wait for some new opportunities! Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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