Fun Friday: ViceroyMania




Yesterday morning, before getting to work on my large backlog of “things to do”, I decided I would fix my coffee and sit on the front porch and enjoy it while watching nature around me at my rural Missouri home. This was especially nice since our temperatures have really cooled off overnight, with expected highs […]

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Woodland Beauty




First, I want to thank the many messages of encouragement and the many prayers for me and my wife during her unexpected illness and subsequent passing. Me and my family are humbled by the many cards, e-mails and messages sent via social media. They are all much appreciated! Over the last few days, arrangements for […]

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Cabin Fever?




Got “cabin fever” yet? Well, I do! Can’t wait for the spring wildflowers to peep through the ground … a little over a month from now, our first woodland wildflowers should begin emerging, followed by prairie plants. Until then, I’m going back through my past images and pulling some that I have either not previously […]

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Monarch Chrysalis




I came across this image while editing my Lightroom catalog last evening … another image I have not previously published: At first, I thought it was a swallowtail chrysalis, but after a closer look, it is a Monarch’s chrysalis. This was hanging from one of my sister-in-law’s flowers in one of her flower gardens, in […]

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Eastern-tailed Blue




This little prairie guy, the Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly (Everes comyntas), is always abundant whenever I hike the prairie, especially around any puddling or mud holes. Small, but quite colorful: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D body Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC Bogen #3221 tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead ISO 500 Aperture […]

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Becoming a Rarity




One of the highlights of my recent prairie wildflower photo workshop was finding a few Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly. Just a few years ago, Monarchs were common on the Missouri prairie. It was relatively easy to hike the prairie and find both Monarch butteflies flitting about and Monarch caterpillars on many of the Butterfly Weed […]

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Orange Sulphur




I just arrived home early this morning from “Artfest Midwest: The Other Show” in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend. As has always been the case, I had a wonderful time displaying my work, meeting old friends, and making new ones! The drive home was tiring and a bit stressful, running into sporadic, torrential downpours […]

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Meadow Fritillary




Another fun subject at last week’s prairie photography workshop was the Meadow Fritillary butterfly (Boloria bellona). The prairie is teaming with these beauties, who eagerly search out wildflowers as nectar plants. Here are a couple of my favorite images of a Meadow Fritillary on a Wild Bergamot wildflower, captured on the Missouri prairie: Photographic Equipment […]

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Orange Lover’s Delight!




While photographing in one of my gardens the other morning, I had several Fritillary butterflies (Great Spangled Fritillaries, I believe) that were busy sipping nectar from one of the Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) that is blooming: The Great Spangled Fritillary butterflies are probably one of the most common I find when hiking the nearby prairies, […]

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Collecting Nectar




A European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)butterfly collecting nectar through his proboscis, from a wildflower bloom. This was photographed at the edge of the Bitterroot National Forest, just outside Sula, Montana: Photo Equipment Used: Canon 7D body Canon 180mm macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC (totalling 252mm) Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Kirk Ent. Ballhead ISO 800 (due […]

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