Spiderworts in Good Bloom

While at Shaw Nature Reserve a week ago, the Spiderwort wildflowers were in very good bloom, seemingly growing everywhere! Here are a few of my favorite images (without my macro lens, which I left at home): I will likely not be posting for a couple of days or so. I’m heading to Springfield, Missouri shortly […]

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Shooting Stars

Another interesting wildflower that is prevalent around the Shaw Nature Reserve (near St. Louis, MO) is the Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia). I’ve seen a few of these on some of our west-central Missouri prairies, but not a dominant flower around our home. But the Shaw Nature Reserve had plenty of these lovelies, in both white […]

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What, No Macro Lens?

A frustrating moment: arrive at Shaw Nature Reserve and see beautiful wildflowers growing “cleanly” (looked like the area saw a controlled burn over the winter) on a prairie setting, then reach into the camera bag and pull out the camera … except the lens on the camera was a 28mm-135mm lens, and not the expected […]

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Continuing Education Hours

Last Thursday I made a trip across the state to Gray Summit, Missouri (just outside of St. Louis) for a seed collection/conservation class. This class was held at the Shaw Nature Reserve, a place I had not visited before. But I definitely will be visiting there again! This is a wonderful acreage (~5,000 acres, I’m […]

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