Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monarch Tagging




 
I have been hanging out with a real rough and tumble group this week tagging Monarch butterflies. This is part of a migration study with the University of Kansas. You can find out more on their website. You can see the tiny sticker we place on them in the shot above, between the two thumbs. I enjoy working with a number of groups and have done this since 1992. They migrate to Mexico for the winter. Their numbers have dwindled in the last few years, their winter area has been disrupted with agriculture, logging and bad weather.
 








Friday, September 19, 2014

Falling In Place

Even the smallest flower
Or maybe a butterfly the size of your thumbnail
Or even a few spoiled horses to make your day happy.








Seeing a lot of hummingbirds as they ready for migration. I moved my feeders in close to my patio so I could enjoy them more. It is a true delight to have them zoom right past you.
 

I worked for two weeks to get a good Goldfinch shot before I got this one. Now they are molting off the bright yellow to take on their winter colors. I am seeing a lot of birds flocking and many have left the area such as the Red-winged Blackbirds. Soon the Turkey Vultures will trade places with the Bald Eagles and I will have them all around me again. I saw a few through the summer who must be nesting close by.With all the rain lately one would think it is spring not turning to fall. There was a major storm that woke me this morning and I was glad to be in my bed and not on my cot in the tent. A light patter is relaxing, but heavy rain makes it hard to get out the door. It has been cold all week and it was nice to curl up in my blankets.


 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lake View

Giant Bald-faced Hornet nest.





This was the backdoor of a once proud lodge.
A nice walk, or as some dogs do, run.
Full speed
Or just a trot


Jewelweed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Good Life

It's a good life
Shared by you and me
Out on the prairie.
 



 






Who said brains don't grow on trees. These Osage Oranges almost resemble brains. Native Americans prized the wood to make their bows.


I love this quilt design.