Monarch Caterpillar Macros

Yesterday I traveled to my Master Gardener friend’s butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas, for some photography. Today’s post includes a few of the images I captured of a single, Monarch Butterfly caterpillar that was busy feeding on a Milkweed plant. The caterpillar was very small, maybe 3/4-inch long at best. Here are my favorites images […]

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Zebras in My Garden!

During our recent “cool” spell, I spent the mornings in my rural Missouri butterfly garden, weeding and taking care of the garden. At one point, I looked up and saw three Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) butterflies busy seeking nectar from some of the many plants. So I ran inside, grabbed my camera and returned to […]

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Fun Friday: Dazed & Confused

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured this morning as I was preparing some other images for today’s blog post. As I worked at the computer, I looked up and noticed that this “new butterfly species” (a male American Goldfinch … does he think he is a butterfly???) was busy feeding on purple […]

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A Mellow Yellow

Yesterday morning, just after the sun was rising over the western horizon, I ventured out into one of my rural Missouri prairie gardens to look for some dragonflies. I did find a few, but it was still early and lots of dew, so most of them were still hunkered down. But the landscape is developing […]

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Wishful Thinking

Been busy doing some detailed research for an upcoming photo trip to beautiful Glacier National Park (Montana). There will be numerous photo ops … beautiful sunrises and sunsets, breathtaking scenery, mountain wildflowers and clear lakes, abundant wildlife (mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots, pika, Colombia ground squirrels, and possibly a brown bear or two), and (with […]

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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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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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I Was Singin’ the Blues!

Today’s post features some pale blue Prairie Larkspur wildflowers I found on Linden’s Prairie, in southern Missouri last week. Usually when I find larkspur on the prairie, it is white. But this pale blue really caught my attention … and had me singin’ the blues! Here are a couple of my favorite images: Coming up […]

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Putting the Paintbrush in Focus

Today I’m featuring some more wildflowers from my recent trip to Noah Brown’s Prairie in southern Missouri. The Indian Paintbrush has always been one of my favorite wildflowers to find. Since I’ve been working with a few photographers on using selective focus, I thought this would be a good time to compare the basic ways […]

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