Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Rest Stop First of July and the butterfly garden looks to be in good shape. In full bloom are Gaillardia (yellow), miniature Cone Flower (pink) and Soapwort (white), commonly called "Bouncing Betty". Behind these colorful perennials are Common Milkweed, where Monarch Butterfly lay their eggs. Also, Goldenrod, Nebraska's state flower, and giant Sunflower. I'm … Continue reading Butterfly Garden

Black Swallowtail

Brrr!  It was cold the day I found this Black Swallowtail butterfly on the lawn, temp in the 40's and strong winds.  It was motionless; I thought it was frozen ... or dead, but flapped its wings when I tried to pick it up. I placed it on my deck so it wouldn't get stepped … Continue reading Black Swallowtail

Sea Stars

Thousands of Sea Stars had washed ashore on Sanibel Island.  I'd never seen or heard of these before -- Star Fish yes, but never Sea Stars.  The one pictured above measures about 10-12" across, a large one; most were 6-8". What I found interesting was where they were located on the beach -- on the … Continue reading Sea Stars

Uber Sand Trap

The Nebraska Sand Hills are basically a grass-stabilized desert, with gently rolling "dunes" that cover a quarter of the state.  As barren as the land appears on the top, below it sits the Ogallala Aquifer, which is the largest body of ground water in the world. The hardy prairie grass is well suited for the … Continue reading Uber Sand Trap

Mutant Apple

Where did this odd ball come from?  Picking apples at a commercial apple farm near Mondamin, Iowa has become an annual fall ritual for me and the fam.  Clean country air, several varieties to choose from, and lots of fun. I found this half yellow, half red apple in a row of Chieftan apple trees; … Continue reading Mutant Apple

Another Day

Two days ago it was another balmy day in the midwest, with unseasonably warm weather and no moisture in sight.   Just three nights ago, I took this same shot, click Christmas Traditions 3, and the lawn was still green. What a difference a day makes!  Last night, Mother Nature blessed us with over 8" of … Continue reading Another Day