Green Darner

While hiking the prairie this past week, we saw a couple of Green Darners (Anax junius) that were in the upper prairie meadow. The Green Darner is also know as “Snake Doctor”, or “Darning Needle”: Their normal habitat is near slow streams and ponds. On this prairie, there is a small pond, but it is […]

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Fun Friday: And Now … the Rest of the Story

While photographing on the prairie the other morning, I came upon a Low-flying Amber-wing (Perithemis tenera) that landed on a dead twig. I carefully set up my tripod and captured a series of images. Here is one from that set of images: After capturing a few images (with the camera’s viewfinder still at my eye), […]

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Beautiful Amber-wing

While photographing some dragonflies the other morning, in one of my rural Missouri home gardens, a single Low-flying Amber-wing (Perithemis tenera) landed on a nearby plant. Carefully and slowly, I positioned my tripod so that I could grab a few images of this winged beauty. Here are a couple of my favorite images: Photography Equipment […]

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Fun Friday: Mr. Happy Face

Yesterday, I took a daytrip to an amazing place in southwest Missouri … Prairie State Park. My goal was to capture spring wildflowers on the prairie, which I did, but also found this cute little guy (I always love their seemingly “happy face”):   It was a bit cool and very windy, and it seemed […]

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Fun Friday: Smile Everyone!

I’m in the process of completing my little project and will likely have several posts about it in the coming dlays. Meanwhile, it’s time for another quick, “Fun Friday” post! Today’s post is a dragonfly close-up image I made a couple of summers ago, handheld from the kayak. I thought he expresses the feelings most […]

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Dragonfly Bubblebath

Yesterday morning, I posted on a dew-covered Cicada. Today’s post features another dew-covered critter I found on that wonderful morning, a dew-covered Dragonfly in the prairie grass. Besides the wonderful photo opps of such a find, the dragonfly is essentially “helpless”, allowing you to move around quite easily and take a lot of photos, from […]

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Do the Dew! (Part 2)

In this second part of my recent trip to a nearby meadow in heavy dew (if you missed Part 1, click on this link: “Do the Dew! (Part 1)”, Warning: Spider images!), I’ve got a few more interesting subjects I found. First, I ran across a clump of Sumac that was giving me a nice […]

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Ahh, Lunch!

During a recent kayak outing, I ran upon this male Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea). As he danced around a dead tree trunk at water’s edge, I soon saw why he was so active … lunch was being served!   These little guys are little bundles of energy, always flitting around and never staying still! But […]

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Fun Friday: Smiles For Everyone!

(This post originally published in 2011) Time for another quick, “Fun Friday” post! Today’s post is a dragonfly close-up image I made last summer, from the kayak. I thought he expresses the feelings most of us have for Fridays (smiles on our faces)!     Have a great weekend!

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When Hell Freezes Over (Re-post)

(This post originally published in October 2010) Yesterday morning was spent in my nearby Prairie Meadow. During the evening news the night before, the weather forecast was “colder temperatures with frost”. Now anytime I hear the words “frost” or “fog” or “snow”, I already have my arms full of camera gear and one foot out […]

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