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...
Winter Abstracts: Ice Patterns 1

Winter Abstracts: Ice Patterns 1

Also check out the Winter Abstracts collection.Kahola Reservoir Spillway, Chase County, Kansas – I spent some time on Sunday exploring ice formations in the river channel below Kahola reservoir. Great fun, juggling camera, camera case, and tripod while climbing over...
Black Gum Leaves

Black Gum Leaves

Arkansas woods – The early-Autumn black gum leaves along the forest edge were psychedelic, with a silvery sheen. These two, shown as they were found in the forest, make a nice showing above the lines of a moss-laden log.
H’lo

H’lo

Praying mantises seem unusually common around here this fall. Maybe it’s because I’m spending more time consicious of the small lives in our shrubs, crawling across our sidewalks, doing highwire acts along our porches. Praying mantises are generally very...
Katydid

Katydid

Hot Springs Village, ArkansasNot everything that’s greeen is good in your salad. Carefully disguised to match its surroundings, this stealthy katydid is easy to miss.
Ancient Seabed

Ancient Seabed

This is what you find if you look closely at the surface of limestone on Herington Reservoir Dam. Scale: This is a couple square inches of rock surface.Below: An overview of the dam rocks
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