Monthly Archives: August 2012

Not Much Nectar

Honey Bee feeding on Compass Plant With the drought there aren’t many sources of nectar for bees and butterflies right now. This morning the only plants I saw bees feeding on were Compass Plants and Ashy Sunflowers.Thistles are also blooming … Continue reading

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Looking Good Despite the Drought

Ashy Sunflower, (Helianthus mollis) Some plants look great despite almost no rain all summer. The Compass Plants have had one of their best years ever. Right now the Ashy Sunflower in the Middle Prairie is looking good. I took this … Continue reading

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Fall Color Early

Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii) Even though it is not Fall yet, the grasses in the prairie are starting to show some good Fall color. This morning I walked the 43-acre Prairie at the PGT to check on the Big Bluestem. … Continue reading

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Hovering

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, (Archilochus colubris) I’m practicing photographing Hummingbirds. Because they move so quickly it is hard to get them in focus. That is part of the fun. Here is a shot from this morning. This bird was flying toward the … Continue reading

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Silent Summer

Bumblebees feeding on Swamp Loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus) Where are all the bugs this year? Normally this is the time of year when you would hear insects singing day and night. Normally you would see butterflies on every clump of wildflowers. … Continue reading

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Devil’s Walkingstick

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, (Archilochus colubris) Today I noticed movement at the top of a flowering native shrub. It was a Ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on the flowers of Devil’s Walkingstick (Aralia spinosa). Yesterday I showed a picture of the Great Blue Heron … Continue reading

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White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer, (Odocoileus virginianus) A deer and a fawn were browsing in the trees along the edge of the Dog-leg Prairie this morning. The deer and I stared at each other for several minutes before she decided to bolt. We … Continue reading

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Drought Kills Trees

Trees dying along Hillers Creek As the drought continues we are starting to loose some big trees. In this picture from this morning you can see leaves turning brown in some of the trees along the ridge over Hillers Creek. … Continue reading

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PGT Grasses & Sedges Walk Canceled

Indian Grass, (Sorghastrum nutans) The Grasses & Sedges Walk scheduled for Saturday August 18th has been canceled. The severe drought isn’t giving us much to look at. Normally mid-August is when the prairie grasses are at their best. However, with … Continue reading

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Dead Dogwoods

Flowering Dogwood, (Cornus florida) The historic drought we are experiencing is causing the dogwood leaves to turn brown. I fear that they are dying. One of the most spectacular displays of flowers at the PGT is when the spring woods … Continue reading

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