Tea, Anyone?




Today’s post is another “lifer” wildflower for me, one I first became acquainted with during the recent tour of nearby Snowball Hill Prairie. New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) is an interesting wildflower with an interesting story behind it. According to several references, American colonists brewed a black tea from this wildflower’s leaves during the Revolutionary […]

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Snowball Hill Prairie




Named for it’s “winter look”, after a good snow, this 22-acre hilltop prairie remnant was recently purchased by the MPF, or Missouri Prairie Foundation (of which I’m a member and supporter) when the owner decided to put it up for sale. Purchase of the land will assure it stays a natural prairie for a very […]

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Scurfy Pea




Another new wildflower for me … Scurfy Pea (Psoralidium tenuiflorum), from Snowball Hill Prairie. Resembling a large, bushy weed, the Scurfy Pea grows to about 4-feet tall and has abundant small purple pea-like flowers. The Scurfy Pea has been blooming on this prairie for the past few weeks and will likely be fading out very […]

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Ox-eye Daisies




Today’s post features the abundant Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), which seems to be growing everywhere right now … especially along roadways and highways. After a morning at Snowball Hill Prairie, I decided to find a place where I could safely park my truck and capture some images. Here are my favorites: The toughest part of […]

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The Strange Side of Nature




Yesterday morning, I spent most of the morning photographing wildflowers in the area. The first stop was the “new” natural prairie in the area, Snowball Hill Prairie. I’ll put out another blog post on this natural gem, but today’s post features one of the many wildflowers that is now blooming there, the thistle: As I […]

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Got My Eyes On You!




A few days off and I’m now back to bloggin’ :o) First, I want to welcome any new blog readers that I may have picked up over this past weekend’s “Art in the Park” art festival in Columbia, Missouri. I had a great show in Columbia, meeting many wonderful, nature-loving folks, and selling lots of […]

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Finally … Moth Mullein




I’ve been very busy lately, trying to get ready for my upcoming art show in Columbia, Missouri. I was very happy to have juried into this excellent art show, as I understand it is very difficult to be invited to attend! There are only 120 booths and I’ve read that the 2016 show has artists […]

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The Great Wildflower Houdini




While at Burr Oak Woods a while back, I captured what is sometimes referred to as “The Great Houdini of Wildflowers”, the Yellow Sweet Clover. This is a non-native plant, originally arriving from Eurasia. It is a highly drought-resistant plant that is often planted for hay, pasture and green manure. But it “escapes” cultivation and […]

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Adam & Eve Orchids




A couple of weeks ago, I photographed another “lifer” wildflower … the Adam & Eve Orchid, aka Putty Root (Aplectrum hyemale). One of my photo students had alerted me that she had found some growing at the wonderful Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, so we made a trip over to photograph them. We found a […]

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Fun Friday: Looking for a Snack




Today’s “Fun Friday” post was captured earlier this week, while kayaking a local Missouri Conservation Area. With several species of warblers now in the area, I was photographing Yellow Warblers and Prothonotary Warblers from the kayak. One Prothonotary Warbler was very active, hunting insects/spiders around the trees that are standing in the creek. It was […]

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