2018 Highlights – May

As I continue through my 2018 journey highlights, May’s dominant theme was wildflowers and warblers, both becoming quite common in this late spring month. My adventures included visiting three new prairies and one new Missouri Conservation Area, and of course, my “regular” nearby kayak locations: Prairie Larkspur: Indian Paintbrush: Ox-Eye Daisies: Common Yellowthroat Warbler: Woodland […]

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Wood Duck Drakes from the Kayak

While looking for a specific image in my large collection of nature images, I ran across a few from a few years ago, that I never published. The Wood Duck drake (male) is such a colorful duck and always fun to photograph.  Although they are typically quite skittish, wearing camo clothing in a kayak often […]

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Funny Looking Elk?

Today’s post features a recently published image that found it’s way into the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s magazine, “Bugle”. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is a non-profit organization, located in Missoula, Montana.  Their mission is “to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.” RMEF contacted me about two […]

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American Eagle Day

Today is American Eagle Day and I’m featuring some of my favorite Bald Eagle images I’ve captured over the years. Eagles are one of the top 5 subjects I like to photograph. As we celebrate today, please enjoy some bald eagles I’ve met along the journey: Just a very small collection of my Bald Eagle […]

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A Welcomed Second Chance

If you recall a recent post featuring a very young white-tailed deer fawn, I had an enormous amount of difficulty trying to photograph it as the doe and fawn grazed about my front yard; the lighting was very low, and I had to shoot through a double window and screen. I have been waiting and […]

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Indian Pinks

Today’s post features some wildflowers that I planted last year, for the hummingbirds that call my acreage home in the summer. The Indian Pinks (Spigelia marilandica), is a very colorful wildflower that hummingbirds are often attracted to. Here are a few images I captured the other day: And moving in for a tight, macro image […]

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Fresh From the Nursery

Saturday evening, just as the sun was falling below the hilly treeline to the west of my rural Missouri home, I was watching a movie on tv when my driveway monitor sounded off. I walked over to a window and looked to see who would be coming over at this time of evening. What I […]

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A Cat in My Garden

Over the past few days, I’ve been working in and around my rural Missouri butterfly garden. As I weeded, I looked over and discovered this Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar that was busy munching on some parsley that I planted a few weeks ago: I have planted several herbs in my butterfly garden. Parsley is one of […]

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Out-of-State Visitor

Today I’m featuring a “lifer” wildflower for me, the Oklahoma Grass Pink Orchid. This little beauty was found on Noah Brown’s Prairie (southern Missouri) a couple of weeks ago. Very small, very dainty, and somewhat difficult to photograph among the taller prairie grasses and plants. I captured a sequence of 22 images, using the focus-stacking […]

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Collecting the Sweets

Last week, when photographing some of the prairies in southern Missouri, I captured this nectar-hungry fly working on an Ox-eye Daisy wildflower: It’s always amazing to see what and how many different types of insects depend on our natural prairies. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark III body Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens Bogen 3021 […]

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