Faves of 4Q 2016




  Fourth quarter began as usual, with foliage showing the signs of fall, such as this Slender Bush Clover found on Snowball Hill Prairie: Not far from the clover, I found 3 Rough Blazing Stars: And I have to include one of my favorite finds at a local hardware store, some fun-loving Mums (which 2 […]

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Faves of 3Q 2016




Third Quarter 2016 was photographically slow starting out. My wife had just passed and I was busy taking care of her estate. And at that time, my desire to get out and photograph was at a new, all-time low. But after a lot of soul searching, I knew I had to return to what was […]

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Faves of 2Q 2016




Today’s post features some of my favorite memories and images of nature that I photographed during the months of April, May and June. If you missed the first quarter’s images, you can find them here (“Faves of 1Q 2016”). Now, on to the second quarter! In spring and early summer, I am usually busy photographing […]

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Damselfly




On my last kayak outing, I found a Damselfly (species unknown) perched on a plant leaf and hanging over the water. Here are a couple of images I captured of this wonderful insect: The damselfly differs from the dragonfly by the way it carries it’s wings. While the dragonfly lays it’s wings out to either […]

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Royalty on the Prairie




A couple of mornings ago, I spent about 4 hours on Snowball Hill Prairie, photographing the last of this year’s wildflowers. Transitioning into fall, the last of the wildflowers are now in bloom, while lots of wildflowers are already setting seeds for next year’s color. Arriving before sunrise, there was not much happening except for […]

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Early Morning Dragonflies




During my last kayak outing, I captured several dragonflies in the early morning, as they rested along the bank of the lake: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark 2 body Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens Handheld from the kayak, with IS “On” ISO 500 Aperture f/5.6 Shutter 1/125 sec. to 1/800 sec.    

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More Flying Beauties




Today’s post features some more winged beauties I photographed in my rural Missouri butterfly garden a few days ago. I’m hoping the rain eventually ends so that I can get back out and photograph more of these beauties. As fall approaches, a lot of the fall wildflowers (several species of asters) are preparing to bloom […]

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Fun Friday: A Special Visitor




A very special visitor appeared in my new butterfly garden a few days ago, a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) dropped by for a visit. Seeing this little jewel flitting about and collecting nectar, I ran inside the house and grabbed my camera. Here are a few of my favorite images I captured: I am […]

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Skipping Along in the Garden




Another butterfly that is busy in my butterfly garden right now is the Skipper. Every trip to the garden allows me to find several of these small butterflies, flitting about the wildflowers and butterfly bush. Here are some of my favorite images: In another post, I’m going to feature the “key find” in the butterfly […]

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Photographing My BFF




My BFF (ButterFly Friend) happens to be a Red-spotted Purple that, along with Viceroys, are dominating my new butterfly garden that I planted last fall. I do have a few others that are busy collecting nectar from the garden, but the Red-spotted Purples and Viceroys are the dominant butterflies at this time. Here are a […]

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