Author Archives: the roused bear

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.

Ring of Life

I was putting my trash dumpster back under my deck this afternoon and saw what I thought was a small plastic ring on the ground, surrounding some moss that was strangely lush and green. But it wasn’t a ring, it … Continue reading

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Phototherapy

I love to take my camera out into the wild and take pictures–mostly closeups of bugs and such.  I find it refreshes me mentally and physically.  So it is therapy.  Since I am taking photos, I call it phototherapy. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Finding Nature Where You Find It

I have recently moved from an apartment complex to a house in the small town of Woodward, Iowa.  The house is a great improvement over the cramped apartment I was living in.  I have a yard, but it is a … Continue reading

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First of the Year

I have a bunch of things I “should” be doing, but instead I headed to The Ledges State Park with my camera.  I wanted to see some butterflies, some wildflowers, and get some fresh air. The first wildflower I saw … Continue reading

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So I moved into a new house and I took some photos…

There is a rock in the flower bed on the north side of the house, and it has lichens on it. This is the same rock. There is a little bit of moss under the deck. The light on the … Continue reading

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Learning New Things

Sunday I went to the winter meeting of the Iowa Prairie Network, and attended a workshop on milkweeds by Tom Rosburg and Deb Lewis.  There was a lot of good information about how milkweeds are pollinated.  I knew a little … Continue reading

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Best Photos of the Year

I put together a bunch of photographs which I think were my ten best for the year.  I don’t feel too verbal now, so here they are, just the photos: Thanks for viewing.

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Ears on the Wings of Butterflies

Sometimes there will be little news items about scientific papers.  One that made some of the news blurbs lately was about a study that showed there were ears on the wings of some butterflies.  The paper that made the news studied … Continue reading

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Late Season Pollinators

Sunday I went to Marietta Sand Prairie (right after Iowa State won their ball game).  I was hoping to find some late season insects.  I had not been out with my camera for a few weeks because the weather and … Continue reading

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Late Season Critters

Our weather has cooled down lately, particularly at night.  It is still warm enough for most of the insects though, so I went to a backwater area of Big Creek State Park and took some photos. This eastern tailed-blue was … Continue reading

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