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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Fun Friday: Monarch & Rattlesnake Interaction




The local Missouri Master Gardener group I’m a member of had a great week. On Wednesday morning we met and drove to a wonderful butterfly garden that a nearby Kansas Master Gardener established many years ago. We had a very educational tour from the local butterfly expert, learning much about the butterflies and the plants. […]

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One Last Fling?




I had hoped to publish another post yesterday, but my 3-day art festival in Lee’s Summit, over the weekend, took it’s toll on me … I came home Sunday evening very tired and wore out! I had a great show and met many new nature lovers, some repeat customers, some former co-workers, and I even […]

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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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Fun Friday: ViceroyMania




Yesterday morning, before getting to work on my large backlog of “things to do”, I decided I would fix my coffee and sit on the front porch and enjoy it while watching nature around me at my rural Missouri home. This was especially nice since our temperatures have really cooled off overnight, with expected highs […]

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Monarch Chrysalis




I came across this image while editing my Lightroom catalog last evening … another image I have not previously published: At first, I thought it was a swallowtail chrysalis, but after a closer look, it is a Monarch’s chrysalis. This was hanging from one of my sister-in-law’s flowers in one of her flower gardens, in […]

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Nature’s Recycling (Re-post)




(This post originally published in September, 2010) As I meandered around the Prairie Meadow the other day, I came across this Monarch Butterfly caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) feeding on a Common Milkweed plant. As I moved in close and watched it, it was literally having a feeding frenzy on a milkweed leaf. As I watched it, […]

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Magnificent Monarch (Re-post)




(This post originally published in August 2010) While photographing birds in the prairie meadow the other day, I was joined by a large, beautiful Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). He landed on a nearby thistle and grazed the flower for nectar for several minutes. When he was done, he lifted off and fluttered above the meadow, […]

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Butterflies & Sunflowers




Not only have birds been flocking to the nearby sunflower field … several other winged critters have been observed and photographed. Today’s post focus on the butterflies. One of the first visitors I encountered in the sunflower field was a Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly (Speyeria cybele):   A bit later, I found another Great Spangled […]

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Magnificent Monarch




While photographing birds in the prairie meadow the other day, I was joined by a large, beautiful Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). He landed on a nearby thistle and grazed the flower for nectar for several minutes. When he was done, he lifted off and fluttered above the meadow, likely searching for another flower to feed […]

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