Author Archives: the roused bear

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.

Snow and Lichens

So it is the middle of winter and I have recently relocated.  I haven’t had the camera out for a while, but with the little bit of snow we got today and the lichens, I had to take a few … Continue reading

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How do Snails Move?

My life has taken some turns that I don’t like and didn’t want, and as a result I have had many sleepless nights. I have been able to calm my nerves by working on some projects that take my mind … Continue reading

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Bird Feeder Action

Yesterday was cold.  So is today.  We have a bird feeder near one of the windows, and the birds were visiting it a lot. They would often fly up to the feeder, then flutter around looking for just the right … Continue reading

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A Little Snow for Christmas

We got a little bit of snow yesterday.  Just in time for Christmas. Christmas blessings to you and yours.

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Muddy knees, Wind Blown Seeds, and Butterflies

Yesterday and today I got outside and did a little bit of photography, after a hiatus that has been caused by weather and life events. These are the seed pods of common milkweed. Here is a single seed that has … Continue reading

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Chasing, Commas

It is sunny and windy today.  About a half-dozen eastern commas are visiting the fallen apples, along with a host of other insects. Eastern commas cannot resist the juices of the fermenting apples. When they find it they sit and … Continue reading

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More Bug Watching

Thistles are spectacular for their ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators.  When the thistles are at their peak, they attract not only the largest, most beautiful butterflies, but also the smaller skippers and bees, wasps, and flies of all … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Morning

I went to an Iowa Prairie Network event today, at the Lomp Lengeling Farms near Collins, Iowa.  Parts of the farm, including a small but diverse prairie remnant and some degraded savanna are being managed in order to aid the … Continue reading

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When Butterfly Photography is Easy

Butterfly photography is often a challenge.  It can be difficult to get close enough to an individual to get a good shot.  If you scare it away, it will be a while before you get close to another one. Not … Continue reading

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A Big Painted Lady Migration

Here in Iowa we are having a big painted lady migration event.  The numbers we are seeing probably happen less than once a decade.  We do have a pretty good scientist that keeps track of such things–Dr. Royce Bitzer has … Continue reading

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