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Totality … A Mixed Bag




(Today’s post is a bit unusual. Because of the overwhelming activities and emotions surrounding experience my first total solar eclipse, the content is rather long.  So if you’d rather not read the “rest of the story”, please feel free to just scroll down to the photos)  :o) Monday was a very mixed bag for me. […]

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Sunspot, Baby




Ah, yeh … a familiar old tune from Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band. That’s what I was reminded of as I cleaned and checked out my camera equipment on Saturday afternoon, preparing for the big total eclipse today. A while back, I purchased some solar filter sheets and fabricated my own filter holders […]

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Bald Eagle Skills – Revisited




(Note: This post originally published in January 2010). I just returned home from my 2017 Perseids meteor shoot (posts on my trip to follow) and am now busy unloading the truck and preparing my photo equipment for the upcoming total solar eclipse (Monday, August 21), which I’ll shoot just a few miles from my home. […]

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Love Them Barnacles!




Still workin’ on capturing post-peak Perseids! Be back “live” soon. Here is a post from a few years ago showing a unique behavior of a spring cub Brown Bear. Today’s post is about a behavior that I was able to witness and photograph during one of my trips to Hallo Bay, Alaska. One day, after we […]

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Fun Friday: PhotoBombing the Photographer




Note: Busy trying to capture the Perseid meteors … in my online absence, please enjoy this comical event from 2012. Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from the roadside, on the way to the top of Mount Evans, from my 2012 trip. I had some more experiences with the Yellow-bellied Marmots this year, but not quite […]

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A Strange Looking Eagle




I am currently charging up batteries, gathering photo equipment, and planning for capturing the annual Perseids meteors. Thus, I likely won’t have time to be on social media over the next few days, possibly up to a week. I am, however, going back through some of my older posts and preparing them for scheduled, automatic […]

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Artichoke, Anyone?




I always look forward to seeing this tall, yellow border growing around the perimeter of all the wooded areas on my rural Missouri land … the Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus). This wildflower becomes a prominent feature of my rural landscape every summer. So refreshing to look out and see the “sea of yellow”. Here are […]

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Fun Friday: A Rare Bird Flyover




Imagine the surprise of hearing a sound like someone mowing in the woods behind my rural Missouri home, then looking out and seeing this rare “bird” flying over! Living in the country, I shouldn’t be surprised. I have gone outside many times and seen some rather “unusual” birds flying over, including the Stealth bomber (a […]

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Early Summer Spiderwort




Today’s post features a few images I captured back in late June while in the Des Moines, Iowa area, participating in the ArtsFest Midwest Art Show. On one of my free days, I drove to the nearby Neil Smith NWR. While hiking around the area, I found some nice patches of Spiderwort wildflowers in bloom: […]

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Common Visitors




Today’s post features one of the most common butterflies that visit my rural Missouri butterfly garden, the Fritillary butterfly. Most of the time, when it’s sunny and warm outside, I can walk outside and see at least a couple of Fritillary butterflies busy soaking up the sun and seeking nectar from the plants in my […]

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