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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.

Because it’s Earth Day…

…or maybe because it was a beautiful day and I could, I took a bunch of pictures today.  And I got earth on the knees of my jeans as I did.  And I got earth on my elbows as I … Continue reading

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View from the Mud

I took some photos today in the yard and in the ditch. A couple of different mosses. You might know what this is if you have had any basic botany classes, or even introductory biology classes.  I will let you … Continue reading

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Backyard Butterfly Tonight

There was a red admiral flying around the back yard tonight.  It would fly around and land on a small stump left over from when we cut down a pear tree last fall.  Then it would fly again, and land … Continue reading

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Arkansas Butterflies

Last week my coworkers and I left a cold, rainy Iowa and drove to Arkansas to take some classes.  It was warm and sunny down there, and after the classes were over we had a little time to ourselves.  Others … Continue reading

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Why are There so Many Mosses?

I traveled a little this week and found myself in Arkansas.  I was able to get away after my classes and wandered around in the woods with my camera.  Today I went to the Ledges here in Iowa and was … Continue reading

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Out for a Stroll

I photographed some moss on a stump earlier today, and accidentally photographed some springtails out for a stroll.  I did not see them while I took the picture, only when I saw the photo on my computer screen. I don’t … Continue reading

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The Ninth Annual Day of Insects

Yesterday and Friday I went to the Ninth Annual Day of Insects, hosted by Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. I have posted about this event in the past, but it keeps getting better and better.  This event is about insect … Continue reading

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Spring has Retreated

I was very happy to see the crocus bloom last week.  But the warm weather that helped the crocus bloom quickly turned cold.  We had about an inch of snow, most of which melted.  It is still cold, and we … Continue reading

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Spring has Sprung (for now)

We had some very warm weather that made the crocus bloom.  I looked for it yesterday, and it was not blooming then. The wind is blowing very hard right now, and we will get thunderstorms (and maybe worse) in an … Continue reading

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Another lichen

I found this unusual lichen on a pine tree in our yard.  I need to remember to look for it after rain to see what it looks like then. I looked through my lichen book and tried to figure out … Continue reading

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