Monthly Archives: September 2016

Bugs I Hate

I admit that I am a little different than most folks.  I enjoy watching insects.  I find their behaviors fascinating and some are quite beautiful.  I like most and there are some I am pretty indifferent about.  And then there … Continue reading

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Attitude in a Small Package

I split some firewood yesterday.  The wood was still fairly wet, from a branch which fell in the summer of 2015.  It still had bark on it, but the bark was loose, allowing for lots of critters to live underneath. … Continue reading

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Osceola Died Because He Refused Modern Medical Treatment

Osceola was captured under a flag of truce, then died while still in prison.  The physicians who saw him wanted everyone to know that they were not responsible for his death.  He died because he refused medical treatment.   From … Continue reading

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Late Season Butterflies

I walked around a little today and found this eastern comma.  Initially it was in the driveway, appearing to sample the dirt for minerals.  Then it went to the yard, and stuck its tongue on and around one of the … Continue reading

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This is Osceola

This is George Catlin’s painting of Osceola. Iowa has an Osceola County and also a city named Osceola, which is located in Clarke County. A high school girl’s basketball team, the Clarke County Indians, put together a poster celebrating their … Continue reading


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More Insects

Here are some photos from yesterday. A dance fly, possibly Empis clausa. Peck’s skipper, Polites peckius. And a small bee, possibly Ceratina. The weather is still nice, but turning to autumn.

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Bucket Photography

Sometimes when I do my macro photography I take a five gallon bucket with me.  I turn it over and use it like a chair.  It is easier to manage than most chairs, especially in tall weedy areas.  Being able … Continue reading

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White Pelicans in Flight

Yesterday I spent some time at Saylorville Reservoir and watched some white pelicans in flight. My photos do not do them justice.  These huge birds have a graceful, soaring flight.  When seen from a distance they are magnificent.  As the … Continue reading

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Good Day to be Outside

It was a good day to be outside today.  I went down to Medora Prairie–I was not feeling my best, but I thought some butterfly action might cheer me up. Cabbage whites are pretty common in Iowa, but they can … Continue reading

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