Eastern Tailed Blue

While hiking and photographing wildflowers on one of the prairie meadows at Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri) the other day, I came upon a very muddy area that was caused by recent rains and aggravated by bison grazing the area. As I approached this area, what seemed like hundreds of small butterflies abruptly flew up […]

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Have You Ever Tried Running, With Your Feet Tied Together?

… How about flying with a tail that is longer than your body? Check out this wonderful bird I found Tuesday at Prairie State Park, in southwest Missouri … the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus). When he/she flies, he seems to struggle to stay airborne, always flying in a “dipping” motion, due to the length/weight of […]

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Delightful Dickcissels

Yesterday was a fun-packed, full day for me. The evening before, I had decided to take a day trip to Prairie State Park, located in southwest Missouri. This prairie is approximately an hour and a half away from my home, so it is not a long trip … just a tiring one, especially the trip […]

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Hungry Little Varmints!

While hiking the prairie trails at Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri), I came upon a stand of lovely Gaura wildflower (Gaura biennis) plants in rich bloom:   A short distance later, I discovered a Gaura plant that was pretty ragged looking:   I closely inspected the plant, but could not find what was eating the […]

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Early Morning Dewdrops

During my recent Prairie State Park photo trip, I was greeted in the early morning hours with glistening dewdrops on the prairie grasses. In this first image, I was able to capture the dewdrop with a glistening starburst, always an interesting opportunity:   In this second image, not only did I capture a starburst, but […]

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Buckeye

During my photo trip to Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri) last month, I saw a ton of Buckeye Butterflies (Junonia coenia) throughout the prairie. Most of the time, they were perched on the wildflowers and collecting nectar. Here are a few images I made of the Buckeyes:   The Buckeye butterflies are one of the […]

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A Beauty on the Prairie

Images from today’s post comes from Prairie State Park in southwestern Missouri. I photographed there for 2+ days in early October and had a great time chasing prairie creatures and wildflowers … ok, maybe I didn’t have to chase the flowers … around the beautiful fall-blooming wildflowers. You might remember an earlier post where I […]

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The Prairie’s Got the Blues

Blue Sage (Salvia azurea) can often be seen growing across Missouri prairies. My first experience with this wildflower was in 2010 when I discovered some clumps of this beauty, growing on a local prairie near my house. On my recent trip to Prairie State Park, I was surprised to see this “gentle giant” growing rampantly […]

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Prairie State Park Sunrise, Day 2

Not to be outdone by Day #1, morning #2 at Prairie State Park gave just as interesting sunrise photo opportunities (if you missed Day #1 sunrise and sunset, you can click on this link). For the second day in a row, I got out of my sleeping bag very early … too early by many […]

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Day 1 Sunrise/Sunset Over Prairie State Park

  During my short visit to Prairie State Park last week, I was fortunate to be able to see/photograph some beautiful sunrises and a colorful sunset. In today’s post, I’ll feature some images I made of both the sunrise and sunset of Day 1 on the prairie. As I made my way up Gay Feather […]

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