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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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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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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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I Can’t Walk Past a Puddle….

…without taking a picture. This was on a sidewalk in our yard.  I wasn’t all that happy with the result but I did enjoy the experience.  I got the knees of my jeans wet and muddy, and I loved it!

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Chief Poweshiek on a Freedom Rock

Over the years I have posted stories around a butterfly, Oarisma poweshiek, or the Poweshiek skipper.  This butterfly was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa and named after the county of its discovery and also the Meskwaki chief that the county was … Continue reading

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They call it the “death tax”

Politics this year has focused on personalities and not on issues.  And that is a shame. But one issue that has come up is the inheritance tax or the estate tax.  The Republicans call it the “Death tax,” and oppose … Continue reading

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Bugs I Hate

I admit that I am a little different than most folks.  I enjoy watching insects.  I find their behaviors fascinating and some are quite beautiful.  I like most and there are some I am pretty indifferent about.  And then there … Continue reading

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Osceola Died Because He Refused Modern Medical Treatment

Osceola was captured under a flag of truce, then died while still in prison.  The physicians who saw him wanted everyone to know that they were not responsible for his death.  He died because he refused medical treatment.   From … Continue reading

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Late Season Butterflies

I walked around a little today and found this eastern comma.  Initially it was in the driveway, appearing to sample the dirt for minerals.  Then it went to the yard, and stuck its tongue on and around one of the … Continue reading

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