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Up Close

If you want to take good butterfly photos, sometimes you have to get really close. Male pearl crescents and unidentified bees.  

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Hanging Out by the Swamp Milkweed

Big Creek State Park is an artificial lake in Polk County Iowa.  On the north side of the lake is a little used boat access–mostly used by people with canoes and kayaks.  The boat ramp is gravel mixed with mud, … Continue reading

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Photos from Yesterday and Today

I was able to spend a few hours out in nature this weekend and pretty much enjoyed myself. First I went to Marietta Sand Prairie in Marshall County, looking for butterflies.  I saw a few.  Nothing rare–meadow fritillaries, viceroy, orange … Continue reading

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Butterfly Forecast for Central Iowa–June, 2020

May gave us wet, cool weather following a late spring. We had a few warm days with a surprising number of butterflies, but most days had few on the wing. I expect that to change pretty soon as the season … Continue reading

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On a Misty Day

When I moved into my house a little more than a year ago, there were some flowers planted alongside it.  Bleeding hearts!  One of my favorites. They were getting ready to bloom this spring, then we got a late freeze … Continue reading

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Moss and Snow

The Ledges State Park, Boone, Ia.

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Best of the Year

I sorted through some of the photos I took this year and here are the ten that I think are best. Have a happy new year.  (Oops–I got eleven)

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I found a new butterfly…

I discovered a butterfly that was new to me a few days ago.  No, they are not out flying around.  But I was looking at photos I took this year and came across this one. I took this photo at … Continue reading

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This Morning Before the Rain…

I went on a prairie walk at Tipton Prairie in Greene County, Iowa.  The prairie was quite spectacular today.  The vegetation that is found there is quite rare. This is a fiery skipper. I think this flower fly is Toxomerus … Continue reading

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Hanging with the bad boys…

I went out to take some butterfly photos today and came across this butterfly at the edge of the parking lot. This is a fiery skipper.  You make the bad jokes.

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