Prairie State Park Sunrise, Day 2

Not to be outdone by Day #1, morning #2 at Prairie State Park gave just as interesting sunrise photo opportunities (if you missed Day #1 sunrise and sunset, you can click on this link). For the second day in a row, I got out of my sleeping bag very early … too early by many […]

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Day 1 Sunrise/Sunset Over Prairie State Park

  During my short visit to Prairie State Park last week, I was fortunate to be able to see/photograph some beautiful sunrises and a colorful sunset. In today’s post, I’ll feature some images I made of both the sunrise and sunset of Day 1 on the prairie. As I made my way up Gay Feather […]

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Give Me a Home …

… where the Buffalo Roam! When I visited Prairie State Park (southwestern Missouri) last week, I first set up my tent, which would be my home for a couple of days:   The campground at the park is quite small … two spots! But on my previous visits to the park, I’ve never seen anyone […]

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Fun Friday: Ever Feel Like Someone is Watching You?

Earlier this week, I drove down to Prairie State Park, a beautiful Missouri State Park, to photograph fall wildflowers and some prairie inhabitants. This park is located in southwest Missouri and has a (small) campground. Pitching a tent, I stayed on-site for 2 days, photographing during the early morning and late afternoon hours. I have […]

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Medic, Medic!

Today’s wildflower is a rather small flower, but still quite showy … the Black Medick (Medicago lupulina):         The Black Medick is not a native wildflower. It was introduced from Eurasia. From the information I’ve looked at, not much of this showy plant was planted in Missouri.       Online-Photography-Classes.com

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White Beauty … on the Prairie

Today’s post features an Ox-eyed Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) found on the prairies of Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri) during my recent visit there:       This wildflower is always such a joy to see. It grows up to 3-feet tall and can have spectacular summer displays on the open prairie!       Online-Photography-Classes.com

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A Different Kind of Shooting Star

Today’s post features a “life” wildflower that I found while hiking the prairies of Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri) a couple of weeks ago. Here is the gem I came across:       And a close-up image of the flower:       Upon returning home, I consulted several online and hardcopy guides and […]

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Li’l Blue

Another wonderful, little wildflower currently growing at Prairie State Park is the Prairie Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium campestre). Although this colorful plant can grow up to 2-feet tall, it is usually found at shorter heights, this one being about 12″. The flowers are small and contain blue 6-pointed stars that can be variable in size. A […]

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Unusual Prairie Resident

During my trek around Prairie State Park last week, I was checking out some rather unusual flowers (I’ll feature them in an upcoming post) when my eyes focused in on a very bright object just a few feet from me. As I closed in on the object, I realized it was a moth that was […]

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One of My Fave Prairie Wildflowers

Last week’s photo journey was primarily to find/identify/photograph wildflowers that are growing in Missouri. The first stop was to a large prairie in southwest Missouri, Prairie State Park. You might remember some of my past posts from this spectacular prairie location that I first visited last fall (when photographing northern harriers and short-eared owls). I […]

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