Author Archives: Jim

Professional nature photographer, specializing in capturing animal behaviors, wildflowers and scenics. Member of NANPA, Great Plains Nature Photographers and Missouri Prairie Foundation. Also a Master Gardener.

Life Continues

Today’s post features a couple of Monarch butterfly chrysallises that have been busy transforming into beautiful Monarch butterflies, in my Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) garage. These photos were captured shortly before the adult Monarch eclosed from the chrysallis (in the first image, note you can start to see the patterned orange/black wings, through the […]

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Fall in the Ozark Hills

Today’s post features some fall colors I photographed at the end of last week, in beautiful Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri), located in the Ozarks. I’m hoping to get back there soon, to try to capture the peak of the color … but the wind here has been howling, so the trees may be […]

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Blushing Suzy

Today’s post features a new flower I grew in our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden this year. Known as “Blushing Suzies”, these gorgeous flowers were an instant hit with me … and a lot of butterflies! The Blushing Suzies are akin to Black-Eyed Susan Vines, differing in color. I grew these from seeds, […]

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Alien Life Form?

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured over the weekend. As the great Monarch butterfly migration towards Mexico progresses, I have a total of five Monarch “cats” that have been busy transforming into chrysalises (or, is that chrysali?). I managed to capture a lot of images of this metamorphosis, and I’m working on […]

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Cats Galore!

Today’s post features some of the many Monarch “cats” (caterpillars) that we’ve been finding in our Lake of the Ozarks butterfly garden. We have quite a lot of milkweed plants, which is the Monarch’s host plant. For the past 2-3 weeks, the Monarch activity around the garden here has been quite high. Here are a […]

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A Nice Drop-in Visitor

Today’s post features an unexpected, but very welcome visitor to our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri)  home. As I was watching for more osprey activity, this young adult Bald Eagle soared overhead at our lakeside home: This eagle looked to be 4-5 years of age, as evidenced by the mottled coloring still in his feather […]

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Fun Friday: Eggs-citing Times

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a highlight for us this time of the year … the last of the migrating Monarchs have arrived! Today’s images were captured recently in our lakeside butterfly garden, where some Monarch butterfly eggs were observed on some Tropical Milkweed plant leaves: Cropping the same image to a much larger image: […]

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They Just Keep Coming

Today’s post again features the “fish hawk”, the Osprey. A little “gold mine” has hit in our cove … frequent visits from several ospreys. I’ve seen ospreys here, all throughout the summer, but their visits were very infrequent. However, lately there has been a steady stream of ospreys flying into our cove and fishing, often […]

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Fun Friday: It’s a Pool Party!

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a group of Canada Geese captured at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri), near our lake home recently. The dock owners had left their swim mat tied to the dock and the geese decided it was time for a Pool Party!  Enjoy! Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body […]

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A Dip Into the Lake

Today’s post features an osprey that was fishing in our cove at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) a couple of days ago. Recently, the ospreys have been quite active in our cove. On this particular day, there were two ospreys circling overhead. One dove into the water and emerged with a fish and then […]

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