Invasion of the Trout Lilies




I spent a good part of the day on Friday, chasing the spring woodland wildflowers near my rural Missouri home. My target species was Bloodroot, but none were found blooming. However, I did find a lot of wildflowers in bloom. The Virginia Bluebells appear to be near or at peak right now, making the woodland […]

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A Peek Inside the Bell




When photographing nature, I always look to find “different” ways of photographing something. In this case, I found a Virginia Bluebell wildflower with a clump of flower buds and a single bell open. I was wondering what it would look like, grabbing a capture looking down the bell of the flower. I captured 20 images, […]

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Violets, Anyone?




Found a few Common Violet (Viola sororia) wildflowers growing in the nearby woodland a few days ago. Here are a couple of images I captured during my woodland hike: Right now, we’re getting quite a bit of rain. Can’t wait for a lull in the rain so I can get back out to see what […]

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Playin’ the Bells




After posting my first-of-year Virginia Bluebell in bloom on Friday, I headed back out to see if the bloom had progressed further. I was pleasantly surprised to find many bluebells in bloom. Here are a few of my favorite images I captured this past Friday in the rural Missouri woodland: With so many brilliant blue […]

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Fun Friday: One in Every Crowd




A few days ago, I decided to check the nearby woodland area where I always find lots of spring wildflowers. As expected, I found tons of Virginia Bluebell plants all over the woods. Most had clusters of buds, but out of the entire woodlands, I only found a single bluebell in bloom: This morning, I’ll […]

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Little Pink Bells




From a little over a week ago, after we had a snowfall, I found these cute little pink, bell-shaped flowers in one of our wildflower gardens. They resemble the blue harebell wildflowers a lot, but I’m pretty sure these are not wildflowers. My wife planted a lot of non-natives in the area, mostly iris and […]

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More Signs of Spring




After the recent snowfall, I also found some early, woodland wildflowers growing around my rural property. The Virginia Bluebells had some small buds, still being covered by the leaves, trying to poke out: I then set up my camera on a tripod to capture some images for Focus-stacking: This focus-stacked image was made by capturing […]

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Almost Spring




… but not quite! A look at the calendar says that spring is only 5 days away. But yesterday’s snow puts that into question! After a morning of snow, I hiked around my rural Missouri land to see what photo opportunities existed. The snowfall was quite “trivial”, but with temperatures below freezing, it sure wasn’t […]

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Fun Friday: Fly Me to the Moon!




I ran upon today’s image while perusing my 2016 photographic images. This image was captured at a local Missouri Conservation Area during late afternoon. I was setting up my camera/tripod to capture the early evening sky, when the moon and Venus would be visible. As I worked on setting things up, I looked up and […]

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The Big Thaw




After our recent ice storm, while surveying the landscape, temperatures rose above 32F causing the ice to begin to melt. One interesting observation was watching the ice melt from a Red Cedar tree (hey, if Nebraskans can pass time by watching the corn grow, we Missourians can pass time by watching the ice melt!). Here […]

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