A Pair of Ladies

Early in May, after a morning spent photographing forest birds in the Mark Twain National Forest, I was thinking of calling it a day and heading home. Then it occurred to me—the Yellow Lady’s Slippers (Cypripedium parviflorum) should be in bloom. And I knew just where to find them, less than a five minute drive from […]

Cockleburs and Rubyspots

Note: this is the first of two posts based on photos that I uploaded to the site last October, just before one of my extended absences from posting. 

In my continued search for all things crayfish, last October found me on the Black River, at the Bradley Hammer Conservation Area just south of Williamsville. I was […]

Fall Color on Rocky Creek

The Rocky Creek area is one of the more geologically interesting and just plain beautiful areas of the park.  Add in the fact that the trees are beginning to show their fall colors and a drive through the area was irresistible.  So yesterday afternoon found Dayna, Bailey and myself bouncing along dirt roads, shooting lots of […]

Solidago, Soldiers and Chemical Warfare

Solidago, if you’re not familiar with the name, is the genus of plants commonly known as Goldenrods.  With their clusters of yellow flowers and around a hundred difficult to distinguish species, they are nearly ubiquitous here in the Ozarks from August into November.  Many hay fever sufferers mistakenly blame goldenrods for their misery (ragweed is really […]

What do you get…

when you cross Indian Paintbrush with Fire Pink? Indian Pink, of course.  Well, ok, not really.  But there is such a plant, as I recently discovered. 

I had driven to Gooseneck back on Memorial Day weekend, hoping to find a Cambarus diogenese outside it’s burrow since the colony was covered by a couple of feet […]