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Ending the Week With a Little Beauty

Today’s post features some of Missouri’s earliest wildflowers that I find every year … Spring Beauties. The images in this post came from both Ha Ha Tonka State Park, and Fiery Fork Conservation Area, both in the Missouri Ozarks. Here are some of my favorites: These wildflowers are small and cheery, and make a bold […]

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Ringing in the Bluebells

Today’s post features one of my favorite, springtime woodland wildflowers … the Virginia Bluebells. While hiking at a new location I discovered last week, Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area (in the Missouri Ozarks), I came upon my first Bluebell plants of the year. Although no bells were formed yet, they are certainly are on their […]

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Airing Dirty Laundry

Today’s post features some springtime, woodland wildflowers I found and photographed last week … Dutchman’s Breeches. While hiking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri), I was happy to find quite a few breeches waving in the air! Here are some of my favorite images: I’m planning on making another trip to Burnt Mill Cave […]

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A Recent Passerby

Today’s post features another recent visitor to the Lake of the Ozarks (MO) … a Horned Grebe (thanks Tom/Lindsay, for ID assistance!). While working outside, I spotted this single Horned Grebe that was fishing in the lake. I never saw him catch any fish, but he was quite spectacular to watch! And here is a […]

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Welcome to the Looney Farm!

Today’s post features some images I captured Saturday, on the lake behind our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) home … a migrating Common Loon decided to stop by and do some fishing! While working outside, preparing our spring butterfly gardens, a single Common Loon drake (male) flew in to the lake and spent 2-3 hours […]

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Toothwort

Today I’m featuring another spring, woodland wildflower found in much of Missouri … Toothwort. These images were captured this past Monday as I hiked the Natural Bridge Trail at Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri). In this first image, a young toothwort wildflower is growing up, through the leaf litter of the woodland trail: A […]

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Harbinger of Spring

Today’s post features another sign of spring … capturing Harbinger of Spring wildflowers in bloom. When hiking the Natural Bridge Trail at Ha Ha Tonka SP (Missouri) on Monday, I ran across this small, secretive wildflower … Harbinger of Spring. This is the first time I’ve been able to photograph this little beauty. This first […]

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Another Sign of Spring

Today’s post features some images I captured this past Saturday. While on a ladder cleaning out the garage gutter, I saw a lot of black shadows passing along the shingles of the roof.  Looking up, I saw a group of about 25-30 American White Pelicans gliding overhead. I quickly got off the ladder, ran inside […]

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Buffleheads Arrive en Masse

Today’s post features some more Bufflehead duck images I captured recently at our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) home. For about a week, it seemed like there were constantly some Buffleheads fishing behind our dock. I typically have had trouble getting some decent images of these small, often shy little ducks. But I’ve had some […]

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Spring is Finally Here!

Today’s post features some very early woodland wildflowers that I captured during a hike last week at Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri). Being early, I wasn’t sure I’d find anything yet, but I did find one wildflower blooming and a couple of very early growths of other woodland wildflowers. I’m not totally confident of […]

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