Jack’s Back!




Today’s post features one of my favorite spring, woodland wildflowers, the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Every spring, when I begin making my almost-daily woodland hikes in search of finding wildflowers to photograph, I always spend some time checking out the hilly slopes, in hopes of finding the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. This unusual wildflower can be quite difficult to spot. In […]

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Variegated False Solomon’s Seal




Meanwhile, back at the ranch … After taking a little time off from the blog, I feel recharged and ready to go! After returning from my Oklahoma art festival, I felt the need to just “kick back” and enjoy life a little bit. In my absence, I have weeded and pruned back my butterfly garden, […]

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Spring Color Arrives




Whew, been quite busy getting new prints ready for my upcoming first-of-year art show. I’ll be in Stillwater, Oklahoma soon for the Stillwater Arts Festival (if you live nearby, hope to see you there!). And I’ve been busy teaching a 6-week class in digital SLR photography; I have a wonderful group of photographers that are […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!




Brrrrrrrr!!! Another cold day in the Heartland! Got up this morning, with much hesitation, with the outside temperatures at -3F. That reminded me of one of my trips to Alaska’s “Valley of Eagles”, located outside Haines, Alaska. So I decided it was very appropriate to go back and post a few of my favorite images […]

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Longing For Summer, Yet?




We really haven’t had a winter, yet. But seeing the bright colors of summer, while recently editing some old images, has already got me thinking of next spring! Just seeing the bright and vivid colors of wildflowers, like this Tall Bellflower that readily grows along the woodline of my rural Missouri home, really makes me […]

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Fun Friday: Reaching the Summit




Another image captured in October in a nearby butterfly garden … a small beetle successfully reaches the top of a Celosia stalk: Can’t you picture what he must be thinking: “Oh, no. I left my flag on the ground!”  :o) Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens Handheld, with […]

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A Travel Snack




I recently made another trip to the wonderful butterfly garden of Lenora Larson, near Paola, Kansas. Her wonderful gardens were filled with color and a large variety of butterflies and pollinators that were busy collecting nectar as fall is rapidly approaching. One of my favorites on that morning was a few Monarchs that briefly stopped […]

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Artichoke, Anyone?




I always look forward to seeing this tall, yellow border growing around the perimeter of all the wooded areas on my rural Missouri land … the Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus). This wildflower becomes a prominent feature of my rural landscape every summer. So refreshing to look out and see the “sea of yellow”. Here are […]

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Early Summer Spiderwort




Today’s post features a few images I captured back in late June while in the Des Moines, Iowa area, participating in the ArtsFest Midwest Art Show. On one of my free days, I drove to the nearby Neil Smith NWR. While hiking around the area, I found some nice patches of Spiderwort wildflowers in bloom: […]

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Common Visitors




Today’s post features one of the most common butterflies that visit my rural Missouri butterfly garden, the Fritillary butterfly. Most of the time, when it’s sunny and warm outside, I can walk outside and see at least a couple of Fritillary butterflies busy soaking up the sun and seeking nectar from the plants in my […]

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