A Lightweight on a Heavyweight

Came upon this image while looking for blog material this morning. While photographing the dragonflies that I featured over the past few posts, I also came upon this Halloween Penant that was resting atop an Ironweed wildflower: I always enjoy finding/photographing dragonflies and butterflies in the meadow, especially when they are on/around colorful wildflowers. Photographic […]

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Halloween Penant Dragonflies

Today’s post contains some images I captured in 2012 and never published. Wandering one of the local Missouri Conservation Areas, a lot of Halloween Penant dragonflies were resting on various prairie grasses. The penant dragonflies are in the same family as the skimmer dragonflies. Their name “penant” comes from their typical posture of perching at, […]

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Close Encounters of the Venus Kind

Did anyone get out early yesterday morning to view the “occultation” of the planet Venus with our moon? I set my alarm extra early and headed out to a local Conservation Area, where I had a large prairie in front of me and plenty of open space to view/photograph this event. However, I didn’t prepare […]

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The Name Says It All!

I just love it whenever I come across wildlife that is self-described by it’s common name! One such example is the Wood Duck (Aix sponsa). I am fortunate to have this beautifully colored duck in my area from spring to late fall. When kayaking, I often see single wood ducks, or pairs of them, and […]

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Pair of Hoodies

Today’s post features a few images from 2009, captured from a kayak while paddling around a local, Missouri Conservation Area. Hooded Mergansers, commonly called “Hoodies”, are such interesting looking birds. In this first image, a drake (male) is displaying, with his crest raised: In the next two images, a hen (female) has joined him as […]

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Fun Friday: Where’s the Beef?

From a kayak outing at nearby Amarugia Highlands CA, in west-central Missouri. While kayaking in the early morning, I ran across this group of Cattle Egrets: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 1D Mark 3 body Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 460mm Handheld, with IS “On”, from a kayak ISO […]

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In A Fog

This interesting sunrise, captured through a heavy fog over Amarugia Creek in Amarugia Highlands CA in west-central Missouri, is from a few years ago in late fall: One of the things I like about this image is it’s simplicity. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 1D Mark 2 body Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, shot at […]

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Fun Friday: Flying Nuts

On one of my last kayak trips of the season, I noticed Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) frequently flying overhead. Upon closer inspection, I noticed they were carrying acorns in their mouths. With winter just around the corner, they were busy stockpiling acorns for the winter: Blue jays are noisy birds. Even with their mouths full […]

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Sure Sign of Fall

You know it’s fall whenever the Wood Ducks start grouping in large groups and preparing to migrate to warmer climates: All of these images were shot from the kayak, about a week ago. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 560mm Handheld from […]

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Fun Friday: Peek-a-Boo, I See You!

Ever sense someone or something is watching you? That happened to me this past week while kayaking in a Missouri Conservation Area. I was sitting still near a beaver lodge, waiting for some activity to begin. I kept looking at the lodge, then up in the sky, in case some Wood Ducks flew over. All […]

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