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Blue Sky and Clouds

We don’t get days like today too often.  Brilliant blue sky and puffy clouds.  Typical of cool (but not cold) spring or fall days.  I grabbed my camera when I got home from work. I am out of shape and … Continue reading

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The Other Milkweeds

I find the seed pods of common milkweed visually interesting–my last post was about them.  I thought I would check out some of the other species of milkweed we have, and see what their seed pods look like. Swamp milkweed, … Continue reading

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I Hope You Aren’t Tired of Bee Flies Yet…

Because I’m not.  Especially since I found one that was spectacular and new to me just tonight. This one was along our rock road, and was obtaining nectar from a weedy prairie plant called hoary vervain. This bee fly is … Continue reading

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More Flowers in the Ditch

Another flower we have in our ditches is Canada anemone, Anemone canadensis.   This one also grows in wet spots in our fields, and probably was not planted in the ditch by humans. I should have used a tripod and … Continue reading

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Prairie Plants

I found a stem of foxglove beardtongue and the seeds from last year.  This years stems are shooting up and will be blooming in a few weeks.  Golden Alexanders are blooming in the background. I should probably go back and … Continue reading

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Another Photo from New Year’s Day

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Appreciating Partridge Pea

Yesterday I photographed one of my favorite prairie flowers, partridge pea, Cassia fasciculata. It’s a quirky little plant–an annual where most successful plants are perennial.  It has extrafloral nectaries that attract ants and all manner of other insects.  Its flowers … Continue reading

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