One of My ‘Tenants’

Today’s post comes from my rural Missouri home. While working around my back deck the other day, this brilliantly-colored Five-lined Skink was moving about, sunning on the exterior wall of my basement: I’ve seen a lot of these beautiful lizards this summer. Always a treat to see the summer sun glistening off their colorful tails! […]

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Swallowtails in the Garden

Today’s post features a few of the many Swallowtail butterflies that have been busy in the Monarch butterfly garden I designed this spring at the Lake of the Ozarks: Although this butterfly garden is new, and small, it has been very successful this first year.  With more plantings planned for fall and again next spring, […]

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Keeping the Species Alive

As you may know, Monarch butterfly numbers have been declining the past few years. In the new butterfly garden that I put in at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring is flourishing with Monarchs.  Here are a few of my favorite images captured recently in this garden. Monarchs busy laying eggs: Monarch butterfly eggs […]

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Fun Friday: “Squid” Spider

Caution, Acracnoids … Spider Ahead!!! Today’s blog post features an unidentified species of spider I found on a Tropical Milkweed leaf, while photographing butterflies at the new butterfly garden at the Lake of the Ozarks (MO).  My first reaction was it looked like a very small, land-based squid! If you are an entomologist, or know […]

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Tropical Monarchs

Today’s post features some images I captured this past week at a new butterfly garden on the Lake of the Ozarks (MO). When this butterfly garden was set up earlier this year, several species of milkweed were grown/planted, to attract the Monarch butterfly. It is rare to walk through this garden and not see any […]

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Monarch Nursery

Back home, after some R&R at the Lake of the Ozarks. Actually, spent a fair amount of time working a new butterfly garden that I’ve helped a friend put in. Over the past few months, I planted multiple milkweed species, along with other butterfly-attracting plants, and while working in the garden last Friday, I had […]

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A Fiery Fourth!

Today’s post features some of my favorite images that I captured on the Fourth of July, over the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). I had a perfect, front-row seat to a fantastic display of fireworks: Quite a patriotic show! Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens Bogen […]

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Lake View

Well, back at home for a while.  I’ve been at the Lake of the Ozarks, photographing landscapes and fireworks at the lake. A few days before the Fourth, a pop-up thunderstorm resulted in a wonderful rainbow stretching over the lake: Coming up … fireworks over the lake. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body […]

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Here a Duck, There a Duck

Withing the past few days, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Wood Duck hen with 7 little ducklings, as they swam past me as I worked in a friend’s yard at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). Here are some images I captured as the group filed by me: About the same time, I […]

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Small, White Beauty

Today’s post features another wildflower I found along the trails of Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri). I’m pretty sure this little, white beauty is Rue Anemone, but welcome any correction I may have made to this ID. While hiking the Natural Bridge Trail this spring, I found lots of different woodland wildflowers along the […]

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