Author Archives: the roused bear

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.

More Time in the Prairie

I spent some time at Medora Prairie in Warren County today, photographing butterflies, getting my head on straight, and scratching my legs on the raspberries. I got a good look at a little yellow as I went in. These common … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Butterfly Irruption

We have had a strange combination of dry weather followed by very heavy rains here in Iowa.  We are also in the midst of an irruption (an extreme increase in the population size) of painted lady butterflies.  After the rains, … Continue reading

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A Better Day for Butterflies

I have been a little disappointed this year with my butterfly photography.  To get good butterfly photographs you have to have a good habitat for them.  I moved this spring, and I have had a hard time finding some good … Continue reading

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A Long Trip to Photograph Bugs

Yesterday I drove most of the way across the state to visit Bixby State Preserve.  I did it mostly because I wanted some time outside, which I feel like I haven’t had enough of lately.  Plus, this preserve is a … Continue reading

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A Short Walk in the Woods

I  went to The Ledges today to get a little bit of time out in nature.  The trails are wet because we have had so much rain lately, and the gnats are pretty nasty.  Still, it was good to get … Continue reading

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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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