Upon Closer Inspection

This weekend, our family visited my in-laws in Sarpy County (south of Omaha).  While we were there, I grabbed a couple hours of photography time during an evening and morning when the wind was nearly calm.  In the evening, I poked around a little prairie planting in the yard.  The next morning I walked a grassy cropfield edge. 

From a distance, neither area looked like it had much going on. Very few flowers were in bloom, and there wasn’t much obvious insect activity.  As always happens with prairies, though, there’s always much more than meets the eye – sometimes you just have to get down on your knees and look for it.  I took some of my favorite photos from those couple hours and made them into a brief slideshow.

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Revised Slideshows of Nebraska Nature

At the request of many of you, I’ve added captions to the slideshow photos I posted last November.  Those slideshows can always be found from the home page of this blog (under the Photography Page).  In addition, I’ve provided links to each at the end of this post.

A dragonfly in the early morning - Pawnee County, Nebraska

Now that I’ve got them labeled, I’d appreciate any help you can give me in identifying species correctly.  I’m pretty confident about the vertebrates and plants, but could sure use some assistance with the invertebrates.  If you see one that I’ve got wrong, or you can identify it more specifically, please let me know by adding a comment below the slideshow.

Thank you – I hope you enjoy the photos.