Hummingbirds, My Love of Summer

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The challenge of my summer this year was to capture as many hummingbirds as I could. Those little guys are so fast .Sometimes I would sit for a hour lying in wait. So far I have been pretty lucky and patient. Many I might be able to add more to the video soon.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most widespread hummingbird in the United States and Canada. If you live east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably seen one … or many.
Name and Nicknames
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have many dedicated fans. And so, they have many nicknames: ruby throated, ruby throats, rubythroat, ruby, rubies, hummers, hummer birds. Here’s their scientific name: Archilochus colubris.

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To feed the hummingbirds I use plain sugar. I also plant many varieties of plants that they like too. They are happy here and I am glad they come each year to entertain me. It is funny I always know when they are out of food , as they come buzz me and I say “Im coming to fill it up ” 

To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Winter Birds and Raptors Beautiful Creatures

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My favorite time of the winter is to capture the Birds of Beauty . Winter they are all dressed up in there thick feathers that just makes them beautiful. Everything from Red Shoulder Hawks , Red Tail Hawks to that Gorgeous Red the Cardinal  Male shows off.  

The Missouri Bird ” Eastern Blue Bird ” You will seem him on the tree above along with the 
 

 

 

 

Hiking in Hickory Canyon

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I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different  things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles  to melting and cascading  waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we  got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile . 

Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places-go/natural-areas/hickory-canyons

New Macro Photography Captures

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SOFT PINK AND YELLOW IRIS

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SWEET WILLIAM

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PRICKLY THISTLE BLOSSOM

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Macro Flower Photography and Meanings

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Sweet Williams flowers are at the center of many romantic legends. One such legend is steeped in the poetry of the English writer John Gay, who wrote, Sweet Williams Farewell to black-eyed Susan: A Ballad. In this piece of poetry, both the sweet William and the black-eyed Susan were depicted as real people sweet William as a sailor, and the black-eyed Susan as his beloved, who must part from him. The story tells of the two meeting, then having to separate again sweet William assuring his love and fidelity all the while. Aside from having some artistic acclaim, sweet Williams flowers are also thought to be very useful in the culinary arts. These blossoms, which have a mild, clove-like taste, are mostly used as garnishes for cakes, pastries and drinks; however, they are also known to add a unique dash of flavor to salads, floral liquors, jellies and butters, as well as herbal tea.

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Dahlia’s are spicy flowers, and their meanings range from a sign of warning, to change, to travel, to even a portent of betrayal. The varied symbolic meanings of the dahlia make this flower a wild card. Give to that unique, eclectic person whom you wish to compliment his/her wild side. Combine them with slender flowers like irises or tulips for a striking visual display as well as a combined symbolic message that says “temper your adventures with a kind heart.”

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This is a capture of rain drops reflections on The Bachelor Button Flower. There is no secret there and it has nothing to do with processing either.Each droplet reflects its surroundings, so in each of them you can find many different reflections by simply changing the angle you look at it.A water drop is a spherical mirror which shows the reflective image inverted compared to the object (in this case).
To capture reflections in a raindrop you have to look for it unless you have serious knowledge of geometric optics.

If you don’t know the Bachelor Button by this name, you aren’t the only one. Probably, you know it by one of these names: Basketflower, Bluebottle, Hurtsickle, and Cornflower. Sometimes, this flower is known as the Boutonniere flower. But, all of these names will connect you to the same flower, which is the Bachelor Button. There is a story behind this flower, of course with a name like that. You will see that bachelors wore this flower if they liked someone and wanted to date them. The longer the flower stayed alive and the longer they wore it, it showed how strong their feelings were for that person.

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BACHELOR BUTTON

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The Colors of Twilight and Sunsets at Busch Memorial Conservation Area

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Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are BEAUTIFUL but  because they are fleeting ~
Richard Paul Evans

Area highlights

Located in St. Charles County, the 6,987-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is home to the St. Louis regional office, which includes a visitor center. With hiking trails and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities, the Busch Area is also your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife.

Stop by for a fishing/hunting license, and stay to enjoy our exhibits, including a 1,300-gallon aquarium. Catch one of our free nature programs, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or wet a line in some of our 28 fishable lakes and ponds.

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Missouri’s Natural Beauty

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Well visited one of my favorite place to go which is Pickle Springs Park in St.Genevieve Missouri which also is very close to Farmington ,Missouri. 

 Explore a geological wonderland that is a National Natural Landmark.

 View scenic waterfalls and cool box canyons that harbor unusual plants and animals.

 Enjoy the blossoms of rose azalea along the sandstone valley in the spring.

 This scenic natural area contains all sorts of fascinating sandstone rock formations including box canyons and wet weather waterfalls. The sandstone rock here is the Lamotte sandstone that was formed from sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed here 500 million years ago. 

Missouri has so much to offer as far as beauty of nature and wildlife. 

 

Contest Winner at JAVA Magazine

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THANK YOU JAVA JOURNAL !! Proud to to have been RUNNER UP in the “WINTER WONDERLAND CONTEST”
http://www.javajournalstl.com/ Magazine PAGE 20 FEB ISSUE- YOU WILL SEE check it out !!
for my” Cover Bridge ”

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Runner Up in Magazine

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge in Missouri

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Well, I got to get out a little bit during the snow storm and very cold temps. I only went one place as it was just to cold. I am ready for spring. Don’t get me wrong I love snow , just not the extreme cold temps. Hope you enjoy!

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                                                         Just wanted to see Red

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                                I just love this one with the ice and the snow just glistening:)

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                  I wanted to capture the detail of the sun shadows and the foot prints in the snow.

Autumn Colors on a Beautiful Drive

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Well I got to  capture the last of the Autumn Beauty Colors. I took a drive and visited several places. St. Genevieve Mo. Hawn State Park , Pickle Springs, Pickle Creek and Sandy Creek Cover Bridge as well as capturing a few things along the sides of the roads.
I am not ready for Old Man Winter yet,but I do like the beauty of the snow!!!

Along the Country side Road

Along the Country side Road

This is in St.  Genevieve Mo. at a roadside look out.

This is in St. Genevieve Mo. at a roadside look out.

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A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

The Old Dirt  Farm Road

The Old Dirt Farm Road

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

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Reflections

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EWWWW Creepy Spider in Web

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Arboreal Orb Weavers

There are several species of Neoscona and Araneus orb weavers in Missouri, and some are quite difficult to distinguish, even by specialists. Often, one must note small details of their anatomy in order to “key them out” to determine the species.

Neoscona species have a slightly triangular-ovate abdomen with a pattern resembling an upside-down spruce tree. On each side of this midline may be black, brown and greenish-brown markings. The legs usually are gray with brown rings. The carapace may be gray with brown markings. Araneus species may be similarly marked and colored, though some are quite showy and less hairy.

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Size: 

 Length: usually about 1/4 inch (not including the legs); males are smaller than females.

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Habitat and conservation: 

 These rather large and often hairy spiders are common in open woods, brushy fields, in tall grassy areas, and around fenceposts and buildings. They are common on the eaves of houses and barns. They may build their webs wherever structures are present for support and where flying insects commonly pass through.

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Eating a daddy long leg spider. 
Foods: 

 Flying insects such as moths and crane flies are the principal prey. Once caught in sticky strands of the web, they are bitten and trussed by the spider, which later eats them. Many orb weavers are nocturnal and have the peculiar habit of eating and rebuilding their webs each day. Webs are built at dusk and used for snaring prey during the night. At dawn, the spider reingests the strands (along with moisture that has collected on it as dew) and recycles the nutrients in making the next web.

Human connections: 

 The amazing web patterns have fascinated humans for millennia. E. B. White wrote his classic “Charlotte’s Web” about an Araneus spider. Orb weavers control populations of flying insects, many of which are pestiferous. Orb weavers don’t bite unless molested, and their bites are not dangerous, anyway.

Ecosystem connections: 

 These spiders control populations of flying insects. Although they may seem ferocious, outside their webs and hiding places these delicate creatures are quite vulnerable to predation themselves. Also, their egg sacs are relished by many species and, for example, provide winter food for many birds. For more information please check it out at http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/arboreal-orb-weavers#

Beautiful Autumn Colors

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I am just so ready for beautiful colors and weather. The Autumn season is my favorite time of the year.

Captured at Brynesmill, Mo. 2012

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Capture at a near by Lake 

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Capture at Washington State Park in Missouri

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This one of my favorite! Artist capturing a Artist on the Old Byrnesville Mill Bridge

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