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Fun Friday: Downhill Slalom

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a Bighorn Sheep ram that was climbing around the slopes of the Badlands, while the rest of the group was grazing on the tall prairie grasses at the bottom. Although “sure footed”, this ram had quite a ride to the bottom of the rock formation, when he was ready to […]

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Mallard drake

Today’s post features a Mallard drake that was swimming next to the dock, while I worked in the butterfly garden at the Lake of the Ozarks: Coming up … more action with the Bighorn rams of the Badlands NP. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark 2 body Canon 100-400mm IS lens, with IS “On” Handheld, […]

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Chippie

Today’s post comes from the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri), a couple of weeks ago. As I worked in the butterfly garden, this curious little chipmunk sat on the seawall and watched me very intently: Fortunately, I had my camera with me (I always try to have it available when outside … you never know […]

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Moving Into Night – Badlands

Today’s post features the magnificent nighttime skies that are prevalent over the Badlands of South Dakota. Immediately after the sun began setting, I moved to another location and captured the transitioning skies: Sunset begins, over the Badlands: As the sun sets, the clouds above took on the hues of the sunset: A short time later, […]

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Colorful Badlands Sunset

Today’s post features a couple of sunset images as the sun dropped towards the western horizon, over the Badlands NP of South Dakota.  I have never seen a “bad” sunset here … ok, if it is really cloudy it might not be good sunset material.  But typically, I can always count on some really nice […]

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Down From the High Country

Today’s post comes from my recent trip to the Badlands National Park (South Dakota). I was hoping to see some Bighorn Sheep rams, but I wasn’t sure if it was too early for them in the “lower country”. The rams live as a group of rams, away from the ewes and lambs … that is, […]

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Visiting the Badlands

Just back from an exciting week of travel. One of the highlights of the trip was a 3-day stop in the Badlands NP (South Dakota). I will be posting several blog posts featuring this incredible place … today’s post features a look at some of the landscapes withing the park: Coming up … some of […]

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One of My ‘Tenants’

Today’s post comes from my rural Missouri home. While working around my back deck the other day, this brilliantly-colored Five-lined Skink was moving about, sunning on the exterior wall of my basement: I’ve seen a lot of these beautiful lizards this summer. Always a treat to see the summer sun glistening off their colorful tails! […]

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Swallowtails in the Garden

Today’s post features a few of the many Swallowtail butterflies that have been busy in the Monarch butterfly garden I designed this spring at the Lake of the Ozarks: Although this butterfly garden is new, and small, it has been very successful this first year.  With more plantings planned for fall and again next spring, […]

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Keeping the Species Alive

As you may know, Monarch butterfly numbers have been declining the past few years. In the new butterfly garden that I put in at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring is flourishing with Monarchs.  Here are a few of my favorite images captured recently in this garden. Monarchs busy laying eggs: Monarch butterfly eggs […]

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