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Photo of the Week – July 2, 2015

Independence Day is this weekend.  Fireworks have been going off in my my neighborhood for days now as people who apparently equate noise with patriotism are enjoying their right to put that feeling into action.  Earlier this week, I was … Continue reading

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From the Ashes

Last Friday, I wandered through the small prairie we burned back on March 10.  Even though it is still very early spring, there were already a number of prairie plants popping out of the ground.  I posted photos of this site … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – March 12, 2015

We conducted our first prescribed burn of the Spring this week.  It was very small – about an acre or so – surrounded by gravel roads.  The first burn after a long winter is always a little rocky; everyone’s a … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 29, 2015

Ok, I admit it – I’m a sucker for crab spiders. As much as I enjoy looking at prairie flowers, I enjoy them even more when there’s a crab spider lying in wait among their petals.  I must have more … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – December 11, 2014

For no particular reason, here are two unrelated photos from the same day.  Both photographs were taken on September 28, 2014 at our family prairie south of Aurora, Nebraska.  I wish I could come up with a pithy and informative … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 30, 2014

I’ve always had a difficult time taking pleasing landscape photos in heavy fog.  I love the way prairies and wetlands look on foggy days, but I rarely come away with a scenic photo I’m happy with.  Fortunately, I can (and … Continue reading

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Seventeen-Year Cicadas are Back! (in Iowa, at Least)

I traveled to Iowa this week (more on that next week) and just happened to arrive during the emergence of one of the world’s most intriguing insects – the periodical cicada (Magicicada sp).  Made up of seven different species, periodical … Continue reading

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Random Caterpillar Photo

For no particular reason, here is a picture of a caterpillar: I was looking through some old photos and stumbled upon this one.  I’d forgotten how much I liked it, and thought I’d share it with you. Among other things, I like the … Continue reading

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Ice Patterns

The melting and freezing of water can sure create beauty.  During the last week, I’ve spent several days at our prairie cutting trees and playing with my kids.  The wetland on the property is frozen enough for ice skating, but warm days/cold … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – November 21, 2013

Can you identify this prominent tallgrass prairie plant? . . Here’s another photo of the same species.  More of you should be able to identify it now. . Stumped? It’s compass plant (Silphium laciniatum).  Here’s a summer photo from Missouri.

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