Swallowtails in the Garden

Today’s post features a few of the many Swallowtail butterflies that have been busy in the Monarch butterfly garden I designed this spring at the Lake of the Ozarks: Although this butterfly garden is new, and small, it has been very successful this first year.  With more plantings planned for fall and again next spring, […]

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Keeping the Species Alive

As you may know, Monarch butterfly numbers have been declining the past few years. In the new butterfly garden that I put in at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring is flourishing with Monarchs.  Here are a few of my favorite images captured recently in this garden. Monarchs busy laying eggs: Monarch butterfly eggs […]

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Fun Friday: “Squid” Spider

Caution, Acracnoids … Spider Ahead!!! Today’s blog post features an unidentified species of spider I found on a Tropical Milkweed leaf, while photographing butterflies at the new butterfly garden at the Lake of the Ozarks (MO).  My first reaction was it looked like a very small, land-based squid! If you are an entomologist, or know […]

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Tropical Monarchs

Today’s post features some images I captured this past week at a new butterfly garden on the Lake of the Ozarks (MO). When this butterfly garden was set up earlier this year, several species of milkweed were grown/planted, to attract the Monarch butterfly. It is rare to walk through this garden and not see any […]

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Monarch Nursery

Back home, after some R&R at the Lake of the Ozarks. Actually, spent a fair amount of time working a new butterfly garden that I’ve helped a friend put in. Over the past few months, I planted multiple milkweed species, along with other butterfly-attracting plants, and while working in the garden last Friday, I had […]

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Small, White Beauty

Today’s post features another wildflower I found along the trails of Ha Ha Tonka State Park (Missouri). I’m pretty sure this little, white beauty is Rue Anemone, but welcome any correction I may have made to this ID. While hiking the Natural Bridge Trail this spring, I found lots of different woodland wildflowers along the […]

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Blue Phlox

During my recent wildflower trek on the Natural Bridge Trail, in Ha Ha Tonka State Park (MO), I ran across several patches of Blue Phlox (aka, Wild Sweet William) just starting to bloom. Here are a couple of images of these blue beauties: I always love seeing the unfurled petals of the phlox, as it […]

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A Near White-Out

Today’s post features more Flowering Dogwoods (Missouri’s state tree) that were blooming profusely last week in the Lake of the Ozarks area. These images were captured along a rural roadside, on my way to check out an active bald eagle’s nest. Well, the eagle’s nest seemed to unoccupied (unless an eagle was very low in […]

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Missouri’s State Tree

I’m back home after a wonderful Easter trip. During this trip, I was able to get out and capture some more woodland wildflowers. One morning, while hiking in Ha Ha Tonka State Park, I came upon a lot of wonderful wildflowers. But the subject of today’s post, captured along this trail, is the Flowering Dogwood, […]

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Bellringers Everywhere!

Today’s post features some of the hundreds of Virginia Bluebell wildflowers I came across during my recent woodland hike, near my rural Missouri home: I always look forward to my spring woodland hikes, where the woodland floor often appears to be blue in color, due to the abundant Virginia Bluebells. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D […]

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