Category Archives: Biological diversity

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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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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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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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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In the Grand Scheme of Things….

You have to wonder–what kind of guy would spend an inordinate amount of his time posting photographs of insects to the internet?  I don’t know.  Seems like an odd thing to do. I just sat outside on my little patio … Continue reading

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Late Summer Prairie Walk

I went on a nature walk today, organized by the Iowa Prairie Network, at the property of Bill and Sibylla Brown.  They have land in southern Iowa, and have done a lot of work to restore the biological function of … Continue reading

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A Few Late Season Insects

We have had some strange weather lately.  Cloudy with light mist, followed by intense rain, then sunny, hot, and humid.  In between the rain, lots of insects come out and visit flowers or chase their prey. This bumblebee, Bombus impatiens  was … Continue reading

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More Butterflies from Saturday

Last Saturday I visited Waubonsie State Park.  My post from Sunday shows some of the critters I saw.  Here are some more of the butterflies I saw. Hackberry emperors were common throughout the wooded areas. I got some help with … Continue reading

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The Coolest Fly Ever!

Today I did a little bit of walking around with my camera, and came across what is probably my favorite fly.  These flies are pretty impressive. Mydas flies are huge.  This one is probably Mydas tibialis, the golden-legged mydas fly. For … Continue reading

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