Royalty in the Garden

Today’s post features a few images I captured over the weekend of a Monarch butterfly that visited my rural Missouri butterfly garden. I saw a few Monarchs back in late spring, but until this weekend, I had not seen any. I’m hoping I will continue to see them as they add such beauty to the […]

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Fun Friday: Friendly Eating Contest

Images in today’s Fun Friday post was captured a couple of days ago in my rural Missouri butterfly garden. As I walked past my butterfly garden, a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth captured my attention. As I watched it, the moth moved to a Butterfly Bush flower, where a Silver-spotted Skipper was already collecting nectar. I grabbed […]

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Shootin’ the Moon

Friday evening, I took my telescope and camera equipment to a nearby farm field. My goal was to photograph Mars as it was in opposition (directly across from the sun and very bright). The forecast was not too bad … partly cloudy until about midnight, then clouds moving in. No problem, I would have a […]

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Fun Fri: Horrible Yet Wonderful

Today’s Fun Friday post features an image I captured yesterday morning, shortly after sunrise, at my rural Missouri home. As I began doing some dreaded housecleaning, my driveway alarm went off. I was sure it was the twin fawns again (I’m seeing them everyday now … in fact, the two are with mom in the […]

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A Pearl Crescent Party!

While walking past my butterfly garden yesterday, I looked down to see a party going on in a nice clump of Black-eyed Susans. There were at least a couple dozen Pearl Crescent butterflies busy collecting nectar from the wildflowers. Here is a small portion of them: Later, once the sun had gone behind the treeline […]

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Bombarded by Dragons

Today’s post features a couple of photos captured over the past few days in my rural Missouri butterfly garden. Dragonflies seem to swarm around garden … I suspect they have a wide variety of small insects to choose from here. Here is a Widow Skimmer, resting on a plant stake. In the background one of […]

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Update on the Twins

Today’s post features some updated images of the twin White-tailed Deer fawns, along with momma doe, as they foraged in my front yard yesterday morning. Again, I had to shoot through glass and window screen to get these shots, so the quality is not quite what I like. I’d love to be outside and capture […]

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Zebras in My Garden!

During our recent “cool” spell, I spent the mornings in my rural Missouri butterfly garden, weeding and taking care of the garden. At one point, I looked up and saw three Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) butterflies busy seeking nectar from some of the many plants. So I ran inside, grabbed my camera and returned to […]

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Fun Friday: Dazed & Confused

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured this morning as I was preparing some other images for today’s blog post. As I worked at the computer, I looked up and noticed that this “new butterfly species” (a male American Goldfinch … does he think he is a butterfly???) was busy feeding on purple […]

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A Mellow Yellow

Yesterday morning, just after the sun was rising over the western horizon, I ventured out into one of my rural Missouri prairie gardens to look for some dragonflies. I did find a few, but it was still early and lots of dew, so most of them were still hunkered down. But the landscape is developing […]

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