Category Archives: 2017

Fun Friday: Beautiful in Black




While in Des Moines last weekend for the annual art show, I made some time to drive to the nearby Neil Smith NWR to photograph wildflowers and wildlife. One of the highlights was finding and photographing Ebony Jewell-winged Damselflies. I had found a ton of these beauties when in town last year; this year there […]

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Do the Dew!




Back from Des Moines. It was a mixed bag. Spent a day at the Neil Smith NWR, with the highlight of capturing images of some Ebony Jewel-Wing Damselflies … a blog post with some images is forthcoming. Then, wonderful weather! After a rather warm day on Thursday, a cold front passed overnight and Friday thru […]

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Fun Friday: A Vandal Busted!




(Note: I’m not able to respond to social media right now. I am busy setting up my booth for the “ArtFest Midwest: The ‘Other’ Art Show” art show in Des Moines. If you are a follower and live in the area, the show runs 10:00am – 6:00pm on Saturday, and 10:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday, […]

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My Newest Butterfly Magnet




Today’s post was captured in my rural Missouri butterfly garden a few days ago. The flower is a coneflower, one of 3 plants I received last July in a beautifully arranged planter at my wife’s Celebration of Life service. Last year this plant had a few flowers on it, but this year it has really […]

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Sunrise On Snowball Hill




(After a short hiatus last week, I’m now back at the computer. It was a stressful week as my air conditioner went totally out on Tuesday evening and had to be replaced. Replacement occurred Friday afternoon, after a week of hot and humid weather, with comfort index reaching as high as 105F! And to top […]

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Vista House Viewpoint




Today’s post comes from a viewpoint along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, just a short distance east of Portland. I arrived at the viewpoint before sunset, hoping to get a nice sunset image. But it wasn’t to be. As so often happens, a total lack of clouds prevented some nice color over the Vista […]

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Fun Friday: Looking For a Meal




A couple of days ago, I decided to take Rubber Ducky (my kayak) out for a sunrise paddle at a nearby Missouri Conservation Department waterway.  It was a wonderful morning … nice and cool, very little wind, a gorgeous sunrise, and a host of hospitable creatures. One of the colorful inhabitants I found was a […]

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Be Aware of Your Surroundings




After photographing the barn and wildflowers in my previous post, I picked up my tripod and equipment and prepared to move to another location. At that moment, I realized I had another image in front of me … snow-covered Mt. Hood was clearly visible to the left and behind the wildflowers I had been photographing. […]

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Choose Your Lens Carefully!




Ever been out shooting and not quite sure which lens to use? Today’s post, captured during my recent Columbia Gorge trip (Oregon) is a good example of how different lenses can dramatically change the image you capture. During my second visit to the Rowena Plateau area of the Tom McCall Nature Preserve, I decided to […]

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Indigo Bunting




Today’s post comes from my recent visit to the Loess Bluffs NWR, in northwestern Missouri. As I drove the auto tour route, I was fortunate to have a beautiful, male Indigo Bunting up close. As I sat in my vehicle, using it as a blind, I photographed this beauty for several minutes before it decided […]

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