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A Warm Weather Photographer in the Cold

I am mostly a warm weather photographer. Warm weather is when the good stuff is out. But there are things to see in the winter, too. So I waded out into my back yard through the deep snow to have … Continue reading

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Saving the Butterflies with the Environmental Defense Fund

I got a letter today from the Environmental Defense Fund, asking me to help me save the butterflies. Their suggestion is that I should send them money so that they can fight climate change, and therefore save the butterflies. They … Continue reading

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A Seven State Butterfly Big Year Kinda Sorta…

Birders sometimes do an exercise called a “big year,” in which they try to see and identify as many of the different species of birds that can be found in a particular geographic location within a calendar year. The big … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Photos for 2021

I do a lot of nature photography throughout the year, and here are my ten favorites: I like this one so much I had a large print of it made, and it is hanging on my wall. This is a … Continue reading

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Butterflies at Reiman Gardens

I volunteer in the butterfly wing at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.  As a butterfly wing docent, I escort people into and out of the butterfly conservatory and ensure compliance with the conditions of the permit.  That means I help … Continue reading

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I Have a Fish Now

I recently bought a male betta.  I am now the proud owner of one fish.  That would not be big news for most people but it sort of is for me. Fishkeeping has been a big hobby/obsession for me in … Continue reading

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A Lot of Questions, Not Many Answers–Toilet Paper Edition

Now that I am retired, I find myself with more time to think about things than I used to have.  Little things I might not have thought about in the past take up more of my time.  Things are changing, … Continue reading

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In Iowa, Thinking about the Texas Butterfly Festival…

Wednesday it rained most of the day, so I spent most of it looking at my photos from the Texas Butterfly Festival and trying to identify what I had. Yesterday was sunny with a chilly wind. Today it is snowing. … Continue reading

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Texas Butterflies–Small but Awesome!

Picking a favorite butterfly is a little like picking a favorite child.  I love them all.  Brown butterflies with subtle markings can invoke those feelings of awe as much as the most beautiful any of them.  But if there is … Continue reading

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Adventures with Butterflies–The Texas Butterfly Festival

It is 1,264 miles from my home in Woodward, Iowa to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Google Maps says you can drive it in 18 hours and 7 minutes. I just got back yesterday. You probably need to … Continue reading

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