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Bluebells Along Spring Streams

Bluebells bloom today along the stream flowing with recent rains. It’s so welcome to see their color against the fresh April green suddenly emerging everywhere.

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Wild Black Raspberries…for the birds?

How do you know when the wild black raspberries are ripe? A short walk at the PGT makes it obvious. I’m not sure which bird(s) perched here, but clearly we’re not the only ones who think the new benches are … Continue reading

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Rookery Overlook

This new shelter looking over Hiller’s Creek was finished yesterday. It is an easy 15-minute walk from the PGT Visitor Center. With the shade from the roof and a comfortable bench it should be a great place for a picnic … Continue reading

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Great Spangled Fritillary

The warm wet weather is bringing on summer flowers and that is bringing out the butterflies. This morning I photographed this Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly on a Pale Purple Coneflower here at the Prairie Garden Trust. The milkweeds are also … Continue reading

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2013 Butterfly Walk

It was a perfect day for the 30-people who came out this morning for the butterfly walk. We saw 25 different species of butterflies even though the overall number of butterflies is way down after last years drought. Most exciting … Continue reading

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Drone Photography – Whoops!

Jack Dodson was trying out his DJI Phantom drone along Hillers Creek this morning. For reasons that are not clear it kept drifting to one side. To see the short video, click on the link above. I won’t spoil the … Continue reading

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Caldwell Gravestones Come Back to Life

The Caldwell gravestones rise again to honor the founders of Caldwell pottery in Missouri. Continue reading

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Lotus Stems

American Lotus, (Nelumbo lutea) American Lotus is my favorite wildflower. The plant is at it’s best in full-blossom mid-summer, but the stems can are also appealing in the winter landscape.

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American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow, (Spizella arborea) I’m not very skilled at identifying the sparrows that winter here. It helps me to take their picture and then look in a field guide. This one is the American Tree Sparrow.

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Great Blue Heron Nests

Great Blue Heron Nests in a Sycamore Tree In the the largest trees on the property deep in Hillers Creek valley we have a Great Blue Heron Rookery. This time of year the nests are empty but the herons start … Continue reading

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