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Photo of the Week – June 6, 2014

I got up early last Saturday morning, hoping to capture some photographs of the Niobrara Valley Preserve in the light of the sunrise.  Unfortunately, the skies were cloudy, and the sun stayed stubbornly behind them as it rose above the … 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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Niobrara Valley Preserve Field Trip

Last weekend, I helped with an event up at our Niobrara Valley Preserve.  Neighbors and members of The Nature Conservancy were invited to visit the Preserve, enjoy some home-grown bison burgers, and tour some of the 56,000 acre property.  I got … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 30, 2014

I made another trip up to Griffith Prairie last week.  It looked pretty much as it had the week before – still lots of ragwort blooming –  but the photographs I returned with were very different.  This time, I came … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 8, 2014

In my last post, I mentioned that I didn’t mind having dandelions in my prairies.  Here is a further celebration of this beautiful, tough little plant. While dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are kind of weedy, they are not invasive – at least not in … 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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Photo of the Week – March 21, 2014

During the big sandhill crane migration spectacle each spring, about 600,000 cranes stop by to visit the Platte River.  Most of them stick around for a few weeks, put on as much body fat as they can, and then head north … Continue reading

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A Warm Kind of Cold

Last week, I complained about the long brown winter we’ve had, and wondered when spring was coming.  Well, it’s still brown – we missed out completely on the last snow, which had been forecast to give us up to four … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – February 20, 2014

This the time of year when I start getting antsy to see green vegetation, flowers, and insects again.  Since our prairies are still brown and dormant, I have to live through photographs from previous field seasons.  Here is a photo from August 2012 I found yesterday … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Night

Not many plants wait for the sun to go down before they open their flowers… Like other evening primroses, Missouri evening primrose blooms overnight rather than during the day.  The plants can produce multiple flowers, which open at about sunset, but each individual … Continue reading

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