30 Days and Counting!




Been watching my calendar closely lately … it won’t be long until Missouri’s spring woodland wildflowers are blooming! In fact, 30 days from today is when I began photographing the woodland wildflowers last year. Today’s image was captured during my 2015 pre-workshop scouting trips. This Bluebell wildflower with buds showing is making me anxious to […]

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Carrot Top




One of our most beautiful woodpeckers is the Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus). I usually don’t see many of them around, but when I do, I always try to capture the beauty of this bird: While photographing woodland wildflowers this past spring, I believe I found a cavity nest that a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers is […]

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Those Bloomin’ Bells




Each time I wander the nearby woodlands, I find more and more progress with wildflower blooms. Yesterday, the Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) were beginning to bloom in large groups: And with the many blooms, I noticed a large increase of pollinators to the wildflowers, particularly to the Bluebells.  On my next workshop to this area (Monday), […]

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Yellow Violets




Not to be out-shown by the purple (Common) violet wildflowers, we also found some tiny, Yellow Violets (Viola pubescens) during our in-the-field workshop the other day. These are really awesome wildflowers, and very colorful. The purple veins on the flower petals contrast very nicely with the bright yellow leaves. This is the only yellow-flowered violet […]

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Blue-Eyed Mary




Another woodland wildflower I’ve been finding is the Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna). This small wildflower is usually one of the first I see when hiking the woodland trails. The trademark of this little fellow is the white, upper lobes and the blue, lower lobes: And to get even greater detail, I made this focus-stacked photo […]

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Baby Breeches




I made my first-of-year outings, looking for woodland wildflowers yesterday morning. I was pleasantly surprised at finding several species growing through the leaf mulch that covered the floor of the woods. I was especially surprised when I saw several Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria). This is a very common spring wildflower in my area, but what […]

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A Spring Beauty … Literally




During this past week, I made several ventures to nearby woodlands to search for our spring woodland wildflowers. Due to the extremely warm and moist spring we have been experiencing in Missouri, the woodland wildflowers are really starting to display very nicely. Today’s post includes one of my favorite Missouri woodland wildflowers, the Spring Beauty […]

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