Category Archives: Prairie Natural History

Photo of the Week – June 22, 2018

This week, I’ve been feeling grateful that I have places close to home where I can chase little creatures around with my camera.  Of course, insects and spiders live just about everywhere, but between my backyard prairie garden and the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 14, 2018

I took advantage of some nice light to take quite a few photos this week.  Here is a small selection of unrelated images.

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Favorite Little Predators

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while are probably familiar with my minor obsession with crab spiders.  I have an awfully hard time passing up the opportunity to photograph them when I spot them.  Because I … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 9, 2018

This week’s featured photos include three small creatures.  One is a beetle (I have no idea which kind) that was barely visible to my naked eye.  A second is a nymph of a praying mantis – probably a Chinese mantis.  … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 1, 2018

I ran into a couple mysteries this week.  I enjoy mysteries, whether they get solved or not, but I’m wondering if maybe we can crowd source answers to both of these.  Stay tuned to the comments section for potential answers, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 25, 2018

One of the big advantages of a prairie garden is that when good photography lighting conditions appear, it only takes me a few steps to find possible photo subjects.  Since I’m hobbling around on crutches right now, that short distance … Continue reading

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Making Species Identification Accessible to the Masses

I was out in a prairie this morning (on crutches) and managed to get a little photography done.  Very frequently, I think about how fortunate I am that most of my photography happens out of sight of the general public, … Continue reading

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Toxic Bee-Killing Hitchhiker Beetles (I Know, Right?)

I’ve said many times that I’m no entomologist.  I am an invertebrate enthusiast.  I enjoy photographing small things, which means I end up with a lot of images of tiny invertebrates.  Once I have photos, I love to figure out … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 4, 2018

“I love it when a plan comes together.”   Col. John “Hannibal” Smith. Last summer, my wife and I were exploring at the Niobrara Valley Preserve and found what we thought were pasque flower plants, though they were well past blooming.  … Continue reading

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Interview: An Introduction to South African Grasslands

With this post, I’m finally getting around to something I’ve been contemplating for several years.  Back in October, 2015, Alan Short sent me an email from South Africa.  He’d been reading this blog and was interested in exploring similarities between … Continue reading

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