Below the Beaver Dam

Below the Beaver Dam

On the edge of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas – A woodland stream pools above a series of beaver dams. Great turtles sun themselves on the logs in the afternoon sun, snakes slither in the grass, a Canada goose stands firm on a small island, bugs, birds, fish, and a...
Perseids Meteor Shower

Perseids Meteor Shower

Photographed from the edge of Lyon County Fishing Lake, Kansas I pulled myself out of bed at 3 a.m. this morning, grabbed my Nikon and headed northwest, away from city lights. I knew the moon would be bright in the sky, obscuring all but the brighter shooting stars....
Lunch at the Wild Alfalfa Cafe

Lunch at the Wild Alfalfa Cafe

Along Road FF, east of Hwy 177, Morris County, Kansas – Perched on top of a sprig of wild alfalfa I found this strange creature, about 3/4 inch actual size. I’m surprised it’s as sharp as it is, since the plant was swaying in the wind while I tried to...
Salvia Pollination

Salvia Pollination

Salvias use a lever mechanism to help cross-pollination along. When a pollinator, like this bee, enters the flower a lever moves the stamens into contact with the back of the bee. When the bee moves to another salvia, this same movement brings the stigma of the new...
Wild Turkey Eggs

Wild Turkey Eggs

Lyon County, Kansas – Local photographer Herb Hobson showed me where these were found, hidden in a thicket near a country home north of Emporia. I didn’t see the mama turkey, but I hear she really explodes out of the nest when disturbed. I’d like some...