A Little Rough Around the Edges




Today’s post comes from one of my fall trips to Snowball Hill Prairie in rural Cass County, Missouri. At the top of the hill, a few Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) wildflowers were growing when I visited. Here are a few of my favorite images: And a single Rough Blazing Star composed itself in the […]

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Fall on the Prairie




On a recent photo trip to Snowball Hill Prairie, I found the Slender Bush Clover (Lespedeza virginica) showing off their rendition of fall colors. Growing 3 to 4 feet tall, the flowers are favorites among some of the prairie birds at Snowball Hill. It seems that every time I venture near these bushy plants, scores […]

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Prairie Featherweight




Another image captured on Snowball Hill Prairie a week ago. I’m always fascinated finding something like this, wondering who it belonged to, how it arrived at it’s location, and how it looks so peaceful: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens Bogen 3221 tripod with Ballhead ISO 800 Aperture […]

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Wonderful Blues on the Prairie




Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been photographing some new prairie wildflowers for me … the Downy Gentian. These wildflowers are a very deep blue and very mesmerizing. And in some conditions, the flowers look nearly purple. All the Gentians I’ve been finding are quite small, ranging from about 8-inches to 16-inches tall, and […]

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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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Ladies’ Tresses




I hiked around Snowball Hill Prairie yesterday morning and found quite a few neat things. In today’s post, I’m featuring a focus-stacked image (combining 9 individual images) of a Ladies’ Tresses wildflower (Spiranthes cernua), a member of the Orchid family. I actually saw 14 of these small beauties (they grow to about 14″ to 18″ […]

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Confused: Night or Day?




After shooting the awesome sunrise I featured in yesterday’s post (“What A Way To Wake Up!”), I hiked around the prairie and photographed other wildflowers and insects. When I came to a large patch of Helianthus sunflowers, I looked up and saw the moon peaking over the wonderful cluster of sunflowers. It was a bit […]

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What A Way to Wake Up!




Yesterday morning I made a quick trip out to Snowball Hill Prairie, about 20 minutes from my rural Missouri home. This past summer, I donated a one-half day photo workshop for a small group of participants at Snowball Hill Prairie, for the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s (MPF) silent auction to raise money to continue efforts to […]

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Prairie Pronghorn




Another mammal photographed in the Badlands NP a week ago was the Pronghorn Antelope. Pronghorn can be found in the Badlands NP, but usually very small numbers and far away. This guy was busy foraging on the prairie grasses and was well within shooting distance:   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark 2 body Canon […]

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Horsemint




On a recent visit to one of the nearby, natural Missouri prairies, there were a lot of Horsemint (Monarda bradburiana), also known as Wild Bergamot, blooming. Usually, hummingbird moths can be found foraging among these wildflowers, but none were observed during that outing.  I didn’t capture a lot of images of this beautiful wildflower as […]

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