My Newest Butterfly Magnet




Today’s post was captured in my rural Missouri butterfly garden a few days ago. The flower is a coneflower, one of 3 plants I received last July in a beautifully arranged planter at my wife’s Celebration of Life service. Last year this plant had a few flowers on it, but this year it has really […]

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Sunrise On Snowball Hill




(After a short hiatus last week, I’m now back at the computer. It was a stressful week as my air conditioner went totally out on Tuesday evening and had to be replaced. Replacement occurred Friday afternoon, after a week of hot and humid weather, with comfort index reaching as high as 105F! And to top […]

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Be Aware of Your Surroundings




After photographing the barn and wildflowers in my previous post, I picked up my tripod and equipment and prepared to move to another location. At that moment, I realized I had another image in front of me … snow-covered Mt. Hood was clearly visible to the left and behind the wildflowers I had been photographing. […]

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Choose Your Lens Carefully!




Ever been out shooting and not quite sure which lens to use? Today’s post, captured during my recent Columbia Gorge trip (Oregon) is a good example of how different lenses can dramatically change the image you capture. During my second visit to the Rowena Plateau area of the Tom McCall Nature Preserve, I decided to […]

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Beautiful Blue Camas




Today’s post features a beautiful blue wildflower growing in the Columbia River Gorge area of Oregon, a blue Camas (species unidentified) wildflower. Early one morning, I crossed the Columbia River to photograph at Catherine’s Creek Nature Area, a wonderful little area on the Washington state side of the river. One of the striking wildflowers at […]

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Fun Friday: How Bees Make Honey




Yesterday morning, I decided to go check out Snowball Hill Prairie, a wonderful prairie remnant near my rural Missouri home. This past winter, the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) did a controlled burn on the remaining half of the prairie (the first half was burned in the winter of 2016) and I wanted to see what […]

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Balsamroot From ‘The Gorge’




Today’s post is the first of many to follow, illustrating the uniqueness and beauty of the Oregon Columbia River Gorge scenic area. Today’s post comes from the Tom McCall Preserve, located on the Rowena Plateau and overlooking the Columbia River. The highlight during this visit was the wonderful Balsamroot wildflowers, proudly displaying their beauty in […]

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Fun Friday … From the Vault




Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from the “vault”, and features a wonderful, Green Metallic Bee that is busy pollinating one of my favorite prairie wildflowers … the Spiderwort. I have been away from blogging for about a week, due to a very hectic schedule.  Last weekend I had a booth in the Stillwater Art Show […]

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Teeny, Tiny Dynamo




Captured last Thursday, this very small, white wildflower was found on a woodland near my rural Missouri home. I’m not sure what the identification is … so far, I haven’t found any images that compare favorably with it. If you might know what this little beauty is, I’d appreciate your assistance! The tiny flowers are […]

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Wheel of Fortune




Last Thursday morning, I was conducting a “workshop shorty” with a student when I came upon this wonderful-looking Blue-eyed Mary wildflower. What caught my eye on this particular flower was the wonderful, “wheel/spoke” composition the flower was exhibiting. Positioning my tripod above the flower, so that I would be shooting straight down, I moved in […]

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