Category Archives: 2020

Solitary Beauty

Today’s post features a single standing Trillium wildflower that was blooming in the woodlands of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, earlier this spring. There were quite a few Trilliums blooming, but this lonely flower was off to the side, all by itself: Springtime walks in Missouri woodlands are something special to me.   Photographic Equipment […]

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Late Breakfast

Today’s post features a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, patiently waiting for breakfast to show up. These images were captured in Ding Darling NWR (SW Florida) this past February: Typically, I’ve found these birds to be a bit difficult approaching. But this bird was pretty tame … and probably pretty hungry, as he sat motionless for quite […]

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A Little Gold in the Garden

It’s not just butterflies … today’s post features some of the many American Goldfinches that frequently visit our Lake of the Ozarks butterfly garden, searching for just that right seed snack! I have multiple species of coneflowers, along with some Prairie Blazing Star … the goldfinches seem to enjoy all of them!   Photographic Equipment […]

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Buckeye

Today’s post features the Buckeye butterfly … the one with “eyes on it’s wings”. This common butterfly is almost always present in our lakeside butterfly garden. Here are a few of my favorite images: Coming up … more lakeside visitors.   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens Handheld, […]

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A Tiger Showed Up!

Today’s post features another beautiful butterfly that showed up yesterday afternoon in our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden … the Tiger Swallowtail. This is not the first one seen this year, but the first one that I was able to capture with my camera. Here are my favorites. First stop was a second-year […]

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Royalty Visits the Garden

Today’s post features the “granddaddy” (or “grandmommy”) of the butterfly world … the Monarch. It’s been a rather slow summer for seeing Monarchs in the butterfly garden, but just recently a few have been observed seeking nectar from the flowering plants in the garden: Since I have a couple different species of milkweed planted (the […]

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Our Special Little Guest

Today’s post features a very special little guest that I’ve seen only a few times in our lakeside butterfly garden. The Clearwing Hummingbird Moth is always fun to watch as it mimics the movements of the hummingbird, moving about flower gardens as it collects nectar. Here are a few of my favorite images, so far: […]

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Why Can’t We All Share?

Today’s post features a pair of Silver-spotted Skipper butterflies, sharing nectar from a Zinnia flower. This was captured a few days ago in our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden. We should all be willing and able to share with others … maybe this will inspire us to at least try! Coming up … […]

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Pretty Ladies!

Today’s post features another common visitor to our lakeside butterfly garden … the Painted Lady. Enjoy my recent walks through our gardens! More species coming up … including the grand Monarchs that have been visiting!   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens Handheld, with IS “On” ISO 200 […]

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That Silver Lining

Today’s post features a few images I captured the past few days, in our Lake of the Ozarks butterfly garden. Today’s featured butterfly is the Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus), which is very common in our gardens right now. Small, and seemingly drab, this butterfly’s characteristic silver/white spot really makes identification fast and easy … and […]

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