Category Archives: 2022

Wonderful Chestnuts

Today’s post features a trio of images I captured a few years ago when I visited Magee Marsh, a favorite warbler stop on the south bank of Lake Erie, in northern Ohio. During spring migration, Magee Marsh comes alive with warblers heading north to Canada. At Magee Marsh, the warblers feed and rest while awaiting […]

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Shared Housekeeping Duties

Today’s post features some recent images of an active Eastern Bluebird nest box, with the parents sharing housekeeping duties. During development of the baby bluebirds, both parents keep the nest scrupulously clean by removing the fecal sacs (body wastes from the babies) from the nest box. Furthermore, the parents don’t just remove the waste from […]

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Fun Friday: Ever Feel You’re Being Watched?

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured a few years ago, in my rural Missouri yard. While wandering around and photographing wildflowers, I came upon this praying mantis that was in one of my flower gardens: Working slowly, I kept moving closer until I could get this nice closeup: Reminds me of a […]

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A Nice Shade of Red

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of these beauties here in the Ozarks … the Red-headed Woodpecker (photos from the archives, captured while kayaking a Missouri creek):   Always a wonderful find when they profile against a blue sky (which we’ve not seen very often, lately).        

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Tending to the Youngsters

Today’s post features some images I captured over the weekend. The Eastern Bluebird, Missouri’s state bird, is a beautiful bird to watch and photograph. During their nesting season (often up to 3 clutches per season) a lot of opportunities exist to photograph this gem. Here are a few of the images I’ve edited so far […]

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Newbie on the Hill

Today’s post features a new wildflower find for me … the Pale Corydalis. During my last trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in the Missouri Ozarks), I found this one clump of nice, yellow wildflowers that were growing along a woodland trail, just below some rock bluffs. I wasn’t sure what I had found […]

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One of Yellowstone’s Jewels

Today’s post features another geyser near Old Faithful, in the Biscuit Basin. The Jewel Geyser is a small, but rather active geyser, erupting frequently (every 8-9 minutes is typical). Although the eruption reaches up to 20 feet, it is nowhere near what Old Faithful offers (100 – 180 feet). Jewel Geyser has a shiny, beaded […]

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New Definition of “A Cold Shower”

Today’s post features a Yellowstone regular actor … Old Faithful as it erupts in the winter landscape.  Enjoy this sequence of the eruption. Geyser at rest: Eruption inevitable: Shower Time! Steam filling the Old Faithful landscape: Near the end of eruption: Coming up … some other geysers were actively erupting during our visit.   Photographic […]

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Bubbles in the Mud

Today’s post features some more images I captured in late February in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming). The mud pots featured in this post were located in the Fountain Paint Pots area of the park, near Old Faithful. One definition I found of the mud pot is that it is a sort of acidic hot springs […]

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Fun Friday: The Itch!

Today’s post features an image I captured on Wednesday. I had an appointment in Camdenton, Missouri, for my annual physical exam. Being so close, I decided to check out nearby Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This decision was made despite the intermittent rain showers and the cool, early spring temperature (41F). Well, I must have […]

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