A Fine Day at The Ledges

Iowa has a nice state park called The Ledges.  It is a hilly canyon with rocks and a fairly clean stream (Iowa has lots of streams, but most are polluted from agriculture) running through it.  The park also has a nice wooded area with good spring vegetation.  I spent a lot of time watching redbud trees, looking (unsuccessfully) for a butterfly called Henry’s elfin.  Here is a redbud tree, and the large leafy plants in the background are called May apples.

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But I can’t help myself.  Mostly what I pay attention to is the small stuff, like this beefly, probably Bombylius major.

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This is a charming little furry insect that can hover in place.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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3 Responses to A Fine Day at The Ledges

  1. theresagreen says:

    One of my favourite insects, even if their behaviiour is not as cute as they look!

  2. theresagreen says:

    Amazing image by the way!

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