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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Common Milkweed Lovers




As a followup to yesterday’s post of the Common Milkweed wildflower, today’s post contains some of the prairie critters that are attracted to this lovely plant: A Green Lacewing, searching for small insects: A pair of love-struck Red Milkweed Beetles mating: Two fly species )unidentified): And two different (unidentified) moths: Noticeably absent was the Monarch […]

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Early Riser




While hiking the nearby prairie a couple of years ago, I came across this beautiful “weed”, with a single flower bud just open, and tons of buds awaiting their turn. This “weed” is a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and is a very worthwhile plant to have in your flower garden. It is a colorful plant, […]

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Jumping Spiders




When hiking prairies in the summer, I always try to stay alert for Jumping Spiders (Family Salticidae). Not because of any danger to me, but because they are so cool. They are typically small, the females reaching a length of ~8-15 mm long, and the males a bit smaller, ~6-12mm in length. They have an […]

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Backlit Bug




From one of last summer’s hike across the local, Missouri prairie, a Wheel Bug on a backlit Helianthus wildflower plant: Looking forward to re-visiting this nearby prairie this summer, as well as a new prairie that was just purchased by the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF). Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon EF […]

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2015 Faves, Part 5




Today’s post is the fifth in a series of favorite images/travel that I captured in 2o15. The subject of today’s post is fall wildflowers, which were captured on a nearby, natural prairie and from around my rural Missouri acreage: Asteroid Moth Caterpillar feeding on Fall Asters   Moth on Aster   Moth on Aster   […]

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2015 Faves, Part 4




In Part 4 of my “2015 Faves” posts, I’m sharing some of my favorite prairie (and a couple of aquatic) wildflowers captured in Missouri in 2015.   Long-bracted Wild Indigo   Squaw Weed   Wild Hyacinth   Shepherd’s Purse   Jerusalem Artichoke   Mullein   Purple Coneflower   Goldenrod   Chicory   Gerardia   Partridge […]

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Happy Halloween!




Happy Halloween everyone! Today’s post was posted on Halloween in 2012. Wishing everyone a Boo-tiful weekend! On this Halloween day, I’m featuring some Boo-tiful creatures from a local Missouri prairie that I captured one October morning in the fall of 2010. When fall comes to the prairie, there often are many magnificent spider webs that […]

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Crown Me!




No, I’m not talking about the KC Royals, although they are on most Missourian’s mind right now! As we move ahead of the Mets, 2 games to 0, we’re wishing the Royals continued success in their quest for the Crown! I’m referring to the recent arrival of the Golden-crowned Kinglets (Regulus satrapa) who are now […]

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A Love-Hate Relationship




Fall colors are beginning to peak around the area. A few days ago, while hiking the nearby natural prairie, fall was extremely evident as the Sumac are exhibiting their brilliant red colors right now: And even the sumac berries are festive with fall colors: Why the love-hate relationship with these beauties? From a love standpoint, […]

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