Category Archives: Wildflowers

Blog posts that describe or contain nature photographs of wildflowers.

Cats Galore!

Today’s post features some of the many Monarch “cats” (caterpillars) that we’ve been finding in our Lake of the Ozarks butterfly garden. We have quite a lot of milkweed plants, which is the Monarch’s host plant. For the past 2-3 weeks, the Monarch activity around the garden here has been quite high. Here are a […]

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Fun Friday: Eggs-citing Times

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a highlight for us this time of the year … the last of the migrating Monarchs have arrived! Today’s images were captured recently in our lakeside butterfly garden, where some Monarch butterfly eggs were observed on some Tropical Milkweed plant leaves: Cropping the same image to a much larger image: […]

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Solitary Beauty

Today’s post features a single standing Trillium wildflower that was blooming in the woodlands of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, earlier this spring. There were quite a few Trilliums blooming, but this lonely flower was off to the side, all by itself: Springtime walks in Missouri woodlands are something special to me.   Photographic Equipment […]

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A Little Gold in the Garden

It’s not just butterflies … today’s post features some of the many American Goldfinches that frequently visit our Lake of the Ozarks butterfly garden, searching for just that right seed snack! I have multiple species of coneflowers, along with some Prairie Blazing Star … the goldfinches seem to enjoy all of them!   Photographic Equipment […]

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Our Special Little Guest

Today’s post features a very special little guest that I’ve seen only a few times in our lakeside butterfly garden. The Clearwing Hummingbird Moth is always fun to watch as it mimics the movements of the hummingbird, moving about flower gardens as it collects nectar. Here are a few of my favorite images, so far: […]

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Solitary Bloodroot

Today’s post comes from a very special and beautiful place … Ha Ha Tonka State Park, in the Missouri Ozarks. This is where my fiancee, Bobbie, and I first met, in the fall of 2018. These photos were captured a couple of weeks ago, just before our state’s “stay-in-place” mandate.  Ever since then, I’ve wanted […]

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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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Fun Friday: “Squid” Spider

Caution, Acracnoids … Spider Ahead!!! Today’s blog post features an unidentified species of spider I found on a Tropical Milkweed leaf, while photographing butterflies at the new butterfly garden at the Lake of the Ozarks (MO).  My first reaction was it looked like a very small, land-based squid! If you are an entomologist, or know […]

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Tropical Monarchs

Today’s post features some images I captured this past week at a new butterfly garden on the Lake of the Ozarks (MO). When this butterfly garden was set up earlier this year, several species of milkweed were grown/planted, to attract the Monarch butterfly. It is rare to walk through this garden and not see any […]

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