Monthly Archives: August 2011

White-tailed Deer Fawn

White-tailed Deer Fawn, (Odocoileus virginianus) This fawn and it’s mother were surprisingly tame as we watched them browsing for several minutes along Hillers Creek last night. Even though deer are common, like most mammals they have learned how to avoid … Continue reading

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Thistle is a Butterfly Magnet

Cloudless Sulphur, (Phoebis sennae) To photograph butterflies I first think about what plants they might be feeding on. Each season has it’s dominant flower. In Spring there are the milkweeds. In early Summer there is the Prairie Blazing Star. Mid … Continue reading

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Mission, Vision and Values for the PGT

PGT Prairie As we work on totally revising the PGT website we want include some text to explain why we are here; what our goals are. This is what we have come up with so far: Vision The PGT is … Continue reading

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Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke, (Helianthus tuberosus) Jerusalem artichoke is different from the other summer yellow flowers because the plant produces an edible tuber. I learned that from reading Stalking the Wild Asparagus soon after we moved here in 1970. I tried eating … Continue reading

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Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee, (Bombus sp) I don’t understand the behavior of this Bumble Bee. It was rubbing it’s entire body into the center of the Prairie Rose. It would slowly lean and rotate as it’s body. I assume it was eating, … Continue reading

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Too much of a good thing

Swamp Loosestrife, (Decodon verticillatus) Swamp Loosestrife thrived after we planted a cutting into the mud of Beaver Lake decades ago. We were delighted to see the skewered mounds of purple flowers in mid-summer. However, like many plants that that find … Continue reading

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Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower, (Lobelia cardinalis) Look in the shaded areas along the ponds and creeks at the PGT to find Cardinal Flower. It has just started to bloom. I photographed this one along the edge of Beaver Lake. I saw hummingbirds … Continue reading

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Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii) Many of the grasses are blooming now. Here is a picture of Big Bluestem in the Dogleg prairie. To get this picture I kneeled down to shoot up against the sunset sky.

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Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail, (Papilio troilus) I photographed this Spicebush Swallowtail on the Cardinal Flower as I waited for a hummingbird to come by.

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Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye, (Junonia coenia) Common Buckeyes are worth searching for just to see their color. Purple, blue and gold ringed with black, rich orange gradients, herringbone patterns. Amazing! I just photographed this one in the warm season grasses around Beaver … Continue reading

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