Trumpets of the Dead

Lest I lie there beneath a barren sea
Forgotten […]

Happy Accident

A couple of months ago, I was on a ridge-top dirt road running through a block of Mark Twain National Forest land. Typical for early May, it was cloudy and the sun kept peeking in and out of view. I’d been driving slowly, windows down, listening for singing birds. I’d already gotten good photos of a Pine […]

A Heron, in White

Way back in August of last year, on my Friday off, I came in as a volunteer and joined the Park’s seasonal Biological Technician (Hi Mark!) to hit the river and work on an ongoing crayfish survey. We put the boat in at the new Chilton Creek access, planning to work our way upstream to Logyard. […]

I Found My Quarry at the Quarry

If you happen to live in Texas, Oklahoma or Arkansas, seeing a Painted Bunting probably isn’t that big of a deal to you. But if you live here in the Ozarks of Missouri, finding one is a bit more challenging. They occur sporadically in the southwest part of the state—Hercules Glades Wilderness and Henning Conservation Area […]

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 […]