Category Archives: rural

Yesterday and Today

I went to Medora Prairie yesterday, which is a TNC preserve located east of New Virginia, Iowa.  This area is home to some of Iowa’s rarest butterflies.  While I did not see any of the rare ones, I did get … Continue reading

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Another Change of Plans

Plans we had for today were changed, which was not such a bad thing.  I went to a couple of local parks, then to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, where I saw several bison, some of them up close. … 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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Wet Tree Watch

It is that time of the year, or at least almost that time of year.  Watch for wet trees. Here in Iowa most of the trees are deciduous.  The leaves fell from the branches last year, and the sap is … Continue reading

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A Few Random Photos

I wandered around today with my camera and took a few photos.  It was a warm day, although we are still in winter.  Most of the snow is gone, but some remains and the ground is saturated. In a roadside … Continue reading

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The Dakota Access Pipeline and Public Hearings

Protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline are all over the news.  Some say this is a normal infrastructure project, and it is a more efficient way to transport oil.  There are “news” reports out about how the protesters are essentially professional … Continue reading

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More Bugs

I chased some more insects today. This tawny-edged skipper, Polites themistocles, was spending time around a mud puddle, but perched on a small weed briefly. The northern pearly-eye, Enodia anthedon, emerged from a shady area along the path and sought … Continue reading

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Dandelions

I got into a discussion with some co-workers about dandelions, and the value of spending time removing them from lawns. They expressed that it gave them pleasure to remove all of the dandelions from their lawns. I spent some time … Continue reading

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Snow

It is well into February and I am tired of the snow.  The weather forecast is for temperatures above freezing and sunny skies next week. I can hardly wait.

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Welcome to Iowa

Sometimes we just stand around and watch the traffic go by. Howdy! Between 1-35 and New Virginia, Ia.

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