Category Archives: Flower

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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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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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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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Today’s post features an image I captured yesterday in our Lake of the Ozarks (MO) butterfly garden: In fall, we planted ~40 crocus bulbs, to give us early color in our butterfly garden. After receiving about 2-inches of snow yesterday, I spent some time this morning photographing this early riser.   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon […]

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In Remembrance …

Today’s post has been published in remembrance of Pastor Kelly Caldwell, of West Lake Christian Church, who passed away last week, after a long, hard fight against the covid virus. I first met Pastor Kelly about two years ago. When visiting my (now) fiancee, Bobbie, at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would attend the […]

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Fun Friday: Table For 2 Please!

Today’s post features a couple of Silver-spotted Skipper butterflies as they share a “table”, using a zinnia flower as their dinner table:   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark3 body Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens Handheld, with IS “On” ISO 400 Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/6000 sec.    

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Yellow-bellied Visitors

Today’s post features another butterfly visitor to our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden this past summer, the Cloudless Sulphur. Typically a nice yellow color (as it’s name “sulphur” implies), there seemed to be several that were more white, or pale green, than the standard yellow. The sulphurs were content on our large zinnia […]

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